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.

What is Cleft?

  • 15

    new babies with clefts born every year in Latin America.

  • 4800

    pesos can cover the cost of surgery.

  • 45

    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.

Learn About Our Model

Comprehensive Care

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.

Sustainable Model

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.

Our Impact

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...

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