Meet Our Smile Makers

Stories of Smile Train’s work around the world

Brazil

Karen and her husband, Fernando, of Santa Catarina State, Brazil, learned that their son, Kaio, would be born with a cleft...

Students

Michael Ho felt a deep need to help others, but just couldn’t overcome his shyness. He volunteered at a local hospital and...

Young Leadership Circle

When Christine Smessaert was studying to become a speech therapist in college, she worked many clinic hours with children...

Colombia

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Maria del Pilar Echeverri was working as a speech therapist to children with clefts in Bogotá when her...

Community

Katy and her mother Peggy share how their own struggles and successes with Katy's cleft treatment, lead them to become...

Chile

International Women’s Day honors the achievements of women around the world — a perfect occasion to celebrate the...

Grace Peters believes her path in life has been clear from her earliest years. Born with a cleft lip and palate...

Ecuador

René was the fourth child born to his family in the small town of Ricaurte, Ecuador, and the only one with a cleft lip and...

Colombia

In 2016, we shared the story of Maria and her parents, Stella and Jesus. Maria’s journey to a healthy, happy life started...