Meet Our Smile Makers

Stories of Smile Train’s work around the world

Indonesia

For Susilawati, pregnancy was nine months of constant sickness and nausea broken up only by a monthly outbreak of something...

India

Everything about Abha’s pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasound revealed nothing of concern. So, when their son, Saksham...

Pakistan

Mohammad and Maryam had never seen a cleft before their daughter was born and felt overwhelmed by the care she would require...

Colombia

Flor was living in her mother’s house with her husband, Diego, and their two children when she learnt she was pregnant with...

Cambodia

Each time she passed a child with an untreated cleft, Soan would feel pity for the whole family. Clefts were mysterious to...

Mexico

Twenty-six years ago, Montse was born with a cleft lip and palate. Cleft surgery was not available in her rural town in...

Cameroon

Joseline first saw a cleft when she looked down at her son Maxime for the very first time. In an instant, the joy she had...

Pakistan

Ali was born with a cleft in 1946 in the remote Tharparkar desert region of eastern Pakistan. Tharparkar is unforgiving to...

Kenya

In 1953, Maria was born with a cleft lip in rural Kenya. As a child living with an untreated cleft, she was often ill and...