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

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.


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