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

Natsir Keeps Paying-it-Forward

Two of Natsir’s four sons were born with a cleft lip in their remote mountain village located in Indonesia. For years, Natsir felt responsible for his sons’ isolation from many...

Listerine Brings Smiles to Indonesia

The campaign leverages local celebrities who encourage the public to perform acts of kindness by smiling openly, taking selfies and posting their smiles on social media...

Novotel Hotel Bandung

When Deasy Larasati, Smile Train’s Program Manager, Indonesia reached out to help promote a cleft surgery campaign, the hotel was quick to volunteer their assistance to spread t...

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