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?

  • 200

    Estimated children born with a cleft lip and/or palate annually.

  • 4,177

    EGP 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 90+ 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. Where these services are available, we aim to provide them to our patients.

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

Every 5 Minutes Smile Train-supported cleft treatment helps a child in need.

News & Stories

Smiling is Mohamed’s Destiny

With time the family realized that their son was a gift. At that time, they believed that God must have destined Mohamed to live with a cleft, so they decided not to seek treatment...

Healing a Son, and a Mom, in Egypt

Breastfeeding was difficult at first. Malek needed to be fed through a tube to take in any nutrition, and Eman’s feelings of inadequacy returned. With lots of love and suppo...

A Whole Little World in Mohammad and Maryam’s Hands

Kainat’s cleft caused her to choke on breast milk, putting her at severe risk of death from malnutrition. Their neighbors offered no comfort, as many wrongly blamed Kainat’s cl...

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