Smile Train

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Unlike many charities that do many different things, the Smile Train is focused on solving a single problem: cleft lip and palate. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where there are millions of children who are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly, aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job, and face very difficult lives filled with shame and isolation, pain and heartache.

The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.

This is our mission:
-To provide free cleft surgery for millions of poor children in developing countries.
-To provide free cleft-related training for doctors and medical professionals.  Until there are no more children who need help and we have completely eradicated the problem of clefts.


  • Focused on a single problem: cleft lip and palate.
  • Teach a man to fish: we empower local doctors in developing countries.
  • 100% of your donations used for programs.
  • The lowest cost per surgery of any cleft charity.
  • Best safety and quality record amongst cleft charities.
  • We bring your donations to the poorest countries on earth which magnifies the impact.
  • We help children in 71 of the world’s poorest countries.