Meet Our Smile Makers

Stories of Smile Train’s work around the world

Cameroon

Joseline first saw a cleft when she looked down at her son Maxime for the very first time. In an instant, the joy she had...

Pakistan

Ali was born with a cleft in 1946 in the remote Tharparkar desert region of eastern Pakistan. Tharparkar is unforgiving to...

Kenya

In 1953, Maria was born with a cleft lip in rural Kenya. As a child living with an untreated cleft, she was often ill and...

Pakistan

In 1949, a baby was born with a cleft lip in rural Pakistan. Her father and other family members refused to hold her, but...

Brazil

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

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...

Egypt

When Habeeba was born, the doctor gasped and told her mother, Ahlam, he’d never seen a baby like her before. “Seeing Habeeba...

Indonesia

Nanik and his wife, Yani lived a modest, yet fulfilling life catching and selling fish and raising a growing family in their...