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Our Vision and Mission

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 unrepaired clefts live in shame, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Smile train provides free surgery for children, free training for doctors, and research to find a cure. This life-changing surgery is truly a modern day miracle. It gives these children a new smile and a second chance in life. 100 % of the donations are for the program and 0% to go overhead.

Unrepaired Clefts

Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job.

Shame & Isolation

Being born with a cleft in a developing country is truly a curse. Every baby born in Uganda with a cleft is given the name Ajok which means literally, “cursed by God” with some newborns killed or abandoned right after birth.

The Good News

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

Mail your contribution to
Texas CDA State Secretary
Smile Train
PO Box 96231
Washington, D.C. 20090-6231
To donate by phone, call 1-800-932-9541