Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support. Where these services are available, we aim to provide them to our patients.
A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate
Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts.
Most cannot eat or speak properly and are often unable to attend school or hold a job.
new babies with clefts born every year in Latin America.
pesos can cover the cost of surgery.
minutes can change a child’s life forever.
One Goal: To Give Every Child the Chance to Smile
Smile Train is an international children's charity that provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 90+ countries.
We use the 'teach a man to fish' model focusing on training and empowering local doctors to provide comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
Every 5 minutes, a child receives their life-changing Smile Train-supported cleft treatment by one of Smile Train's 2,100+ empowered medical professionals
News & Stories
Karla Rico: "A day without laughter is a day wasted."
Tell us about yourself and how you came to Smile Train.
I am a dedicated and persistent woman. I come from a family that has forged its lifestyle by...
Remembering Dr. Ian Jackson, a “Founding Father” of Cleft Care
Dr. Jackson began his career as a plastic surgeon in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1969. In his 10 years there, he discovered a passion for craniomaxillofacial surgery, particul...
Camila Beni: "Could There Be a Job With a Greater Purpose Than This?"
How did you come to Smile Train?
While studying for my Master’s degree in human rights in London, I met a man at an event who told me about the human rights organ...