Meet Our Smile Makers

Stories of Smile Train’s work around the world

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...

Bangladesh

The natural warmth radiating from Mohammad’s eyes can be felt from a world away — a fitting adaptation for a man who has...

Mexico

Eight years ago, Juanita met the love of her life, Everardo, at their company Christmas party. Three years later, they were...

Kenya

If there is ever a time to be in the here and now, it is the birth of a child. The first time Wariema from Kuria, Kenya,...