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
Many children around the world are living with untreated clefts.
Most have difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking.
children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in Indonesia.
can cover the cost of a cleft 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 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.
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.
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...