Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support.
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.
children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in the Philippines.
can cover the cost of surgery.
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.
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.
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...