Children born with clefts in developing countries face a life of ridicule, isolation, and shame. Often, they're not allowed to go to school, ever get a job or get married, and in some cases they are abandoned and left for dead. All because their families are too poor to afford a simple, life-changing surgery that costs as little as $250 and can take as little as 45 minutes.
Smile Train provides free cleft surgery and follow up care to children born with clefts throughout the world. With over 1,100 local partner hospitals and focus on training, utilizing and empowering local doctors, Smile Train expects to provide more than 128,000 free surgeries this year alone.