Rwanda – Janine was born in a rural village in Rwanda with both a cleft lip and palate. Soon after she was born, Janine’s father died tragically.
Mozambique – While working with local partners in Mozambique, Smile Train Africa staff members found the country had several unique challenges in trying to meet the needs of local cleft patients.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Comprehensive cleft care addresses every aspect of the life-long care required by children born with cleft lips and/or palates, dramatically improving their physical and psychological health and providing them the best chances to live full, productive lives.
Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Keren is a two and a half year-old who was born with a unilateral cleft lip. Her family had never heard of cleft lips or palates prior to her birth.
Rutare, Rwanda – 73-year-old Theresia is an inspiration to her whole community. She recently had the courage to have free cleft surgery, having lived with an unrepaired cleft lip her entire life. Friends and family agree that the results are life-changing, and her new smile hardly leaves her face.
Guatemala – Smile Train and Kaplan, the world leader in test prep, partnered together and provided four pre-health students a once in a lifetime experience. These students, pursuing careers in medicine and dentistry, were given the opportunity to visit local Smile Train partners and patients in Guatemala.
Kachin, Myanmar – Follow Smile Train to one of the most isolated countries in the world as a new Smile Train partner hospital performs its first cleft surgeries.
Egypt – Documenting the best of cleft care in Egypt, Smile Train supporter Stefano Levi traveled to Egypt and returned with this photo update, capturing Smile Train’s dedicated partners and grateful patients.
Volgograd, Russia – Take a peek inside Smile Train partner hospital, Volgograd City Hospital #1 through these captivating photos. With over 20 years of experience, maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Irena Fomenko, has been instrumental in changing the lives of the Smile Train patients she helps, including Kirill, Stella, and Valentina.
Changsha, China – Smile Train patient He Yumei describes her determination during Smile Train-sponsored speech therapy treatment, provided for free by Smile Train. She was born with cleft lip and palate, which were repaired, but needed further help correcting her speech.
Lilongwe, Malawi – Follow the journey of baby Robson and his parents as they travel to the city for the first time to receive Robson’s Smile Train surgery. This tale is told through the lens of Dr. Robin Wyatt’s camera, as he photographs the family from start to finish.
Sulawesi, Indonesia – Follow a Smile Train favorite, Natsir, as he travels throughout the island of Sulawesi searching for cleft patients.
Kumasi, Ghana – Katelyn Edwards, a student at the University of Tampa, recently traveled to Ghana to visit Smile Train partner hospital Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. Thanks to the generosity of Katelyn's community, she was also able to donate over $4,000 to the hospital’s Smile Train program
Mixquiahuala, Mexico – Smile Train patient Monserrat has overcome a lot in her young life, and has turned adversity into strength.
Kota, India – Mili's adoptive mother shares her story.
Douala, Cameroon – Program Manager Amber Webb writes about her experience to help expand best practices in patient outreach.
Sulawesi, Indonesia – Natsir's simple act of kindness to a stranger resulted in his sons' free cleft surgeries. Now he volunteers his time to find other children with cleft.
Varanasi, India – In 2007, Pinki was a frightened little girl in need of free cleft repair surgery. Today, she is confident and loves to show off her smile.
Xi'an, China – For some people, four years is a short period of time. For a surgeon, four years is the amount of time spent in medical school. For Smile Train, four years is just shy of a third of our existence. However, for a child with a cleft, four years can change his fate. Four years moved Hua Tai'an and his family from sadness and helplessness to happiness and hope.
Tibet, China – Soaring more than 4,500 meters above sea level in the highest region on earth, an incredibly brave little boy and his family received a modern-day miracle.
New York, NY – Smile Train partner surgeons Dr. Lisa Hasibuan and Dr. Ataklitie Berhea recently received scholarships to travel to the United States for advanced training in Interdisciplinary cleft care. The award was sponsored through a collaboration of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, and Smile Train.