new babies with clefts born every year globally.
can cover the cost of a cleft surgery.
minutes can change a child’s life forever.
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 local doctors to perform cleft repair surgery and provide comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Those doctors then go on to train other doctors creating a long-term, sustainable system.
Every child with a cleft needs more than just cleft surgery — they may also need dental care, orthodontics, and speech therapy. Where these services are available, we do everything we can to provide them to our patients.
As a result of our efficiency, Smile Train has supported more than one million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 minutes, a child receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery.
Ernest and Rosine Kengne of Yaoundé, Cameroon were excited when they learned that their baby would be born just days after the baby of...
Koko’s parents panicked when they learned that she’d been born with a cleft lip, so much so that they discussed abandoning Koko rather...
Smile Train recently celebrated the milestone of 75,000 cleft surgeries in Indonesia with several days of smile-filled events.
John, from New Brighton, regularly regaled his delighted granddaughter Sofia Lily Rose with fantastical tales filled with fairies, magic...
The most emotional and physically intense day of Jamuna Mali’s life started with a pain in her abdomen, which led to her being rushed...
Smile Train is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Samuel Noordhoff, who passed away on 4th of December. Dr. Noordhoff was an international...
Sue has been raising funds for Smile Train over the last 5 years. This year she took on an 8 hour back to back spin session.
Catriona organised an evening of music, dancing, and cocktails because everyone deserves to smile.
Steve is climbing Kilimanjaro in August and aims to raise £10,000.
Ducans aim is to raise £15,000 by his 60th birthday in 2023. He set up his page in 2013 and remembers Smile Train every month by making a donation.