Smile Train, Inc.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 120,000+
Geographic areas served: 80+ of the world’s poorest countries
Although it is a birth defect, cleft lip and palate is an economic problem not a medical one.
In developing countries, the vast majority of children born with clefts never receive surgery and the only reason for this is because they are poor.
Children in developing countries suffering with unrepaired clefts can be helped with a simple, surgical procedure that takes as little as 45 minutes and costs as little as $250.