A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate

Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts.
Most cannot eat or speak properly and are often unable to attend school or hold a job.

What is Cleft?

  • 4

    children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in the Philippines.

  • 12000

    can cover the cost of 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 provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ countries.

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.

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

Every 5 minutes, a child receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery by one of Smile Train's 2,100+ partner surgeons

News & Stories

Speech Therapy Spreads in the Philippines

To be eligible for the speech therapy workshop, the participants studied online training materials and were required to pass an exam organized by Smile Train’s strategic speech...

Gracee’s Story: Patient to Nurse

The bullying finally stopped when Gracee received a Smile Train sponsored cleft surgery.

Today, Gracee is a confident and happy woman, dedicated to serving others...

Joseph Gatchalian is Ready for the World

As a child, Joseph was embarrassed by his untreated cleft lip and grew painfully shy, to the point where if he heard someone come to the door, he would hide beneath the kitchen...

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