Meet Our Smile Makers

Stories of Smile Train’s work around the world

Chad

In 1955, Halime Haroun was born with a cleft lip in a small village in what is now the country of Sudan. As a...

China

Wang Li was born with a cleft lip and palate in China's Jiangsu Province. Her parents worked at a local plywood factory, but...

Kenya

Earlier this year, first-time-parents Mercy and Kevin were shocked when their daughter Grace was born with a cleft...

Philippines

Jessa Gatchalian said that she was devastated, but not completely surprised, when her youngest son Joseph was born with a...

India

When Aarham was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, a local doctor incorrectly told his parents that they would only...

India

Adhithya was born with a cleft lip in a small village located in Nepal’s Himalayan Valley. When his grandparents...

Bangladesh

In 2001, Sukontaz found out that she was pregnant for the seventh time. While this is typically a time of joy for most...

Advocacy

Bernalillo, NM – More than 350 guests, including 60 children who were born with a cleft lip and/or palate, recently attended...

Colombia

Jorge Peñaloza was born in rural Guateque, Colombia with Treacher Collins syndrome.  This rare genetic disorder often...