One Charity. One Problem. One Goal.
Our mission is to provide a child born with a cleft the same opportunities in life as a child born without a cleft.
- Provide free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries.
- Train doctors and medical professionals in 87 countries.
- Treat the “whole child” with comprehensive, total rehabilitative care including: speech therapy, general dentistry and orthodontics.
Unlike many charities that do many different things, Smile Train's mission is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and cleft palate.
Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly. Aren't allowed to attend school or hold a job. And face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache. Their clefts usually go untreated because they are poor – too poor to pay for a simple surgery that has been around for decades.
The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250.
We want our mission to be yours.