Closing the gap in cleft care
Transforming Faces provides free, local, and ongoing multi-disciplinary cleft care for children and adults in developing countries.
  • What is a Cleft Lip and Palate?


    Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. 

    A cleft occurs when the parts which make up the lip and palate fail to fuse properly. 

    It can affect a child’s appearance, speech, teeth, eating, hearing and ability to develop socially. 

    Cleft lip and palate can be successfully treated using a comprehensive team approach, but in developing nations, this approach is often lacking. 

    Find out how we close the gap in cleft care.




  • Latest News

    • Beyond a Single Surgery: Meet Ismael

      His parents, whose relationship was strengthened as they pulled together to deal with his early cleft care, are very proud that he was able to overcome adversity.

    • Lives Transformed in India

      On a trip to India earlier this year, our team members met some of the patients whose lives who have helped transform.

    • Gavina Recycling Program: Tapitas y Botellas por Sonrisas

      Recently, our partner has begun a recycling program called Tapitas y Botellas por Sonrisas that aims to recycle goods to fund even more smiles.

    • Beyond the Initial Surgery: Meet Athit

      Referred by a nurse at Mae Sai District Hospital, he received an ENT assessment and lip repair in May 2014.