EVERY CHILD DESERVES THE ABILITY TO SMILE

Smile Train’s vision is to give every child with a cleft the opportunity for a healthy, productive life.

We Want Our Cause To Be Yours


Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.

Many children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is safe, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 90+ countries to provide 100 %-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.

We use the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local medical professionals to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those medical professionals then go on to train others creating a long-term, sustainable system.

Patients see their forever smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives and communities are changed forever.

As a result of our efficiency and with the support of our donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than 1.5 million children by giving them the power of a smile.

Join us and change the world one smile at a time.

OUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE


 

2,100+
empowered medical professionals
1,500,000+
Smile Train-supported cleft surgeries since 1999
1,100+
partner hospitals
30,000+
Smile Train-supported cleft training opportunities
90+
countries where Smile Train has helped children
Every  5 Minutes
Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need

WHAT IS CLEFT?


A cleft occurs when certain body parts and structures do not fuse together during foetal development. Clefts can involve the lip and/or the roof of the mouth, which is made up of both hard and soft palate. Around the world, many children with clefts will never receive the reconstructive surgery they need.

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A woman looking at a baby with a cleft lip

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CAUSE


Our Model

Smile Train’s “teach a man to fish" model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft treatment in their own communities.

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Our Promise

Smile Train promises to maximise the generous support of our donors by keeping programmes safe, sustainable, and efficient.

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Services We Provide

Children with clefts need more than just surgery. They may also need nutrition services, emotional support, dental care, orthodontic treatment, and speech therapy.

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Where we Work

Smile Train’s medical partners provide 100 %-free surgeries and comprehensive cleft care to children around the world.

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