Every year over 165,000 children in developing countries are born with clefts – a gap in the upper lip and/or palate. Though completely treatable, many fail to get the treatment they desperately need because they are too poor.
Without corrective surgery, these children are condemned to a lifetime of isolation and suffering. Taunted and tormented for their disfigurement, they cannot attend school, hold a regular job or get married. Many are even abandoned or killed at birth.
The irony is that a cleft can be completely corrected with a simple surgical procedure.
That's where Smile Train comes in. We are the world's largest cleft lip and palate charity. Our overriding goal is make safe and quality treatment of cleft lip and palate accessible to the millions who cannot afford it.
Since 2000, Smile Train has sponsored over 755,000 safe, quality surgeries around the world, totally free of cost.
Celebrating another “smilestone”, Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, recently conducted its 750,000th free cleft surgery since it was founded in 1999.
Carrying out its mission of changing the world one smile at a time, Smile Train Philippines recently gave its 20,000th free cleft surgery to 4-year old Edward Pastidio of Marikina City.
Paranaque City, Philippines - Rojan knows the suffering that can come with an unrepaired cleft better than anyone, which is why he now works hard to help other cleft patients.