EVERY CHILD DESERVES THE ABILITY TO SMILE
Smile Train’s vision is to give every child with a cleft the opportunity for a healthy, productive life.
We Want Our Cause To Be Yours
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.
Many children with clefts around the world live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is safe, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 90+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
We use the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local medical professionals to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those medical professionals then go on to train others creating a long-term, sustainable system.
Patients see their forever smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives and communities are changed forever.
As a result of our efficiency and with the support of our donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than 1.5 million children by giving them the power of a smile.
Join us and change the world one smile at a time.
OUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE
empowered medical professionals
Smile Train-supported cleft surgeries since 1999
Smile Train-supported cleft training opportunities
countries where Smile Train has helped children
Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need
WHAT IS CLEFT?
A cleft occurs when certain body parts and structures do not fuse together during fetal development. Clefts can involve the lip and/or the roof of the mouth, which is made up of both hard and soft palate. Around the world, many children with clefts will never receive the reconstructive surgery they need.
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