About Us

For the last 21 years, Smile Train has supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5+ million children.

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What Does Smile Train Do?

Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, with a sustainable and local model of supporting surgery and other forms of essential care. Over the last 20+ years, we have supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5+ million children and will continue to do so until every child in need with a cleft has access to the care they deserve.

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What Makes Smile Train Different

Your gifts sustain world-class training programs that empower medical professionals in 70+ countries to treat cleft patients with life-changing, high-quality care. This is a key difference from mission-based models: Smile Train supports local medical professionals and local hospitals -- it’s how we build up healthcare infrastructure around the world while providing care 365 days a year.

Beyond surgery, our local partners also provide speech therapy, psychological support, nutritional services, orthodontics, and other essential forms of care to ensure that children with clefts have everything they need to not just live, but thrive.

Our Impact at a Glance

2,100+

empowered medical professionals

1.5M+

Smile Train-supported cleft surgeries since 1999

1,100+

partner hospitals

30K+

Smile Train-supported cleft training opportunities

90+

countries where Smile Train has helped children