Smile Train

World's Largest Cleft Charity

Smile Train

The smile train is the world’s largest cleft charity founded by Brian Mullaney & Charless Wang in 1999 and began with one surgery in China performed by a local medical team. Every year 35,000 children in India are born with clefts-a gap in the upper lip and / or palate. Though completely treatable, less than half get the treatment they desperately need-only because they are too poor. Without corrective surgery, these children are condemned to a lifetime of isolation and suffering. The irony is that a cleft can be completely corrected with a simple surgical procedure that could take as little as 45 minutes and cost as little as Rs. 8,00o. Since 200, Smile Train has sponsored over 200,000 safe, quality surgeries across India, totally free of cost. Providing free corrective surgery to 4,70,000 children since it was set up 10 years ago, it now operates in 76 of the world’s poorest countries.