Smile Train

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. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Smile Train
41 Madison Avenue
28th Floor
New York, New York 10010
United States
1-212-689-9199
http://www.smiletrain.org

CEO

Susannah Schaefer

Board of Directors

Charles B Wang, Susannah Schaefer, Robert T Bell, Michael J Dowling, William Fox, Ed Goren, Arthur J McCarthy, Roy E Reichbach, Richard A Ruderman, Robert K Smits, Donald J Trump Jr.

Project Leaders

Adina Wexelberg-Clouser

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. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery in their communities.

Programs

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. Our sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100% free cleft repair surgery 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 - that's roughly 340 surgeries a day and 127,000 every year. Join us and change the world one smile at a time.

Statistics on Smile Train

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2012: $195,847,214
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $195,847,214
  • Other funding sources: Individual Donors, Community Contributions, Investments, Corporations
  • Religious Affiliation: no affiliation

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