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
An Aira of Hope
When the labour pains started, they met their midwife at the birthing centre. Mustika expected a big smile from Sudirman and the midwife when the baby was born but was i...
Healing a Daughter's Smile and a Mother's Heart
Her baby was only minutes old when a nurse put Emaiti’s mind at ease with the facts about clefts: A cleft is never the mother’s fault, and an organization called Smile Train wou...
A New World for Siti
Back at Home Mawar struggled to feed Siti. The family also stopped taking her outside to avoid the stares from their community. A heavy, sad feeling hung over the house.