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Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft charity. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
 

Smile Train is dedicated to generating awareness of the issues faced by children living with untreated clefts around the world. To read more about how Smile Train is changing the world one smile at a time, feel free to browse through some of our press coverage below.

Smile Train News

Smile Train is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Samuel Noordhoff, who passed away on...

It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Founder and...

The G4 Alliance recently hosted a luncheon event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York...

Smile Train partnered again this year with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and The Plastic...

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Smile Train In The News

Programs
The Diplomat
The World of Rohingya Refugees

A view of Rohingya life — and crucial medical...

Thought Leadership
Fortune
How These Charities Are Using Virtual Reality to Reach Donor...

VR has opened a new frontier in fundraising by...

Thought Leadership
Forbes
How Seeing The Nonprofit As A Business Helps Smile Train Gro...

Susannah Schaefer, CEO of the International...

Programs
People
Kylie Jenner Visits Children with Cleft Lip and Palate Durin...

This week, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians...

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Latest Press Releases

11/27/2018

Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. In celebration of the day and the season of giving, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft organization, is kicking off their annual ‘Give Smiles’ campaign. 

11/12/2018

A new organization, Face Equality International, being launched today is a unique alliance of charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which want to see the campaign for ‘face equality’ become a global movement. 

10/23/2018

From October 21-22, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft organization, celebrated its 100,000th cleft surgery milestone in Africa with a number of different activities planned each day. The celebration took place in Nairobi with Smile Train’s President and CEO Susannah Schaefer and the organization’s local staff, partners, medical professionals, and corporate donors from across the continent who have all made the milestone possible.