Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.
Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
We use the “teach a man to fish” model focusing on training local doctors to perform cleft repairs in their communities. Those doctors then go on to train other doctors creating a long-term, sustainable system.
Patients see their smile for the first time, parents cry tears of joy, lives and communities are changed forever.
As a result of our efficiency and with the support of our donors and partners around the world, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than one million children by giving them the power of a smile.
Join us and change the world one smile at a time.
Smile Train Social Links
In support of this month’s Smile Train and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt partnership, Smile Train Supporter, Miss USA Deshauna Barber recently visited her local Menchie’s Bronx, NY to raise awareness and funds for children with clefts. Barber took photos with guests and spoke about her involvement with Smile Train.
From April 1 through April 30, guests who visit Menchie’s stores across the United States will be given the opportunity to support Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity at check-out by making a donation of $1 or more with their frozen yogurt purchase. All the funds raised will be donated to Smile Train to provide free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in need.