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

The Song That Changed Everything



Even after surgery, Sofia was bullied for how she spoke. When local Smile Train partners performed a surgery to help her speak clearly, it gave her the confidence...

Andrea Anaya works with passion

How did you meet Smile Train?

SSmile Train found me in 2016. I had been working in the non-profit sector for a long time, I had worked in other foundations, such...

Silvia Backes: “Smile Train represents my ideals of assistance while helping others become stronger”

How did you decide to be part of Smile Train?

I had just finished a master's degree in International Cooperation and when a colleague told me about the vacan...

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