A Single, Solvable Problem: Cleft Lip and Palate

Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts.
Most cannot eat or speak properly and are often unable to attend school or hold a job.

What is Cleft?

  • 43

    children born with a cleft lip/palate annually in South Asia.

  • 18000

    can cover the cost of surgery.

  • 45

    minutes can change a child’s life forever.

One Goal: To Give Every Child the Chance to Smile

Smile Train is an international children's charity that provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ countries.

Learn About Our Model

Comprehensive Care

Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need orthodontics, speech therapy, or nutritional support.

Sustainable Model

We use the 'teach a man to fish' model focusing on training and empowering local doctors to provide comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.

Our Impact

365 days a year, a child in India receives their life-changing cleft repair surgery by one of Smile Train India's 235+ partner surgeons.

News & Stories

Creating Change Today and Tomorrow

It is very encouraging to witness an increase in awareness about clefts amongst people because of the various initiatives that we have been organizing with the help of o...

A celebration: 12,000 smiles and counting!

Catch a few glimpses of this joyous occasion below:


To see 800 former patients and their families joining us for the celebrations, was a delight. They met their smile...

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Proclaims a Day of Smiles

Aishwarya has attended numerous Smile Train events around the world since becoming our Goodwill Ambassador — she was often accompanied by her father, Shri Krishnaraj Rai...

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