A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate

Many children around the world are living with untreated clefts.
Most have difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking.

What is Cleft?

  • 10

    children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in Indonesia.

  • 3350000

    can cover the cost of a cleft 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 supports 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care for children globally. Our sustainable model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft care in their own communities.

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

As a result of our efficiency, Smile Train has supported more than 1.5 million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 Minutes Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need.

News & Stories

Rahmad’s Smile Launched Over 2,000 More

But through it all, he refused to give up on himself. He just learnt to be heard in a different way. “I would protect myself by taking sand and stones and using it as a...

A Transformational Collaboration in Indonesia

The event was made possible by months of planning and coordination between Smile Train Indonesia and the heads of each of the country’s 41 police-run hospitals at the co...

GSK and Smile Train Give Karina’s Family Something to Smile About in Lockdown

But more present issues soon pushed future ones out of mind. Karina’s cleft made her choke on breast milk, and what she didn’t choke on dribbled out her nose. Her mother did eve...

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