Closing the gap in cleft care
Transforming Faces provides free, local, and ongoing multi-disciplinary cleft care for children and adults in developing countries.


Transforming Faces, a registered charity in Canada, provides free, comprehensive treatment including cleft lip and cleft palate surgery, and pre & post-surgery care globally.
Cleft Palate & Cleft Lip | Lives Transformed

Transforming Faces And Lives

Cleft lip and cleft palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. When children and adults receive long-term comprehensive cleft lip and cleft palate care, their physical and psychological health improves dramatically.

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate Care

That’s why Transforming Faces uses a multi-disciplinary approach to cleft palate rehabilitation. We go beyond the cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to provide nutrition support, speech therapy, oral health, counselling and ongoing care to our patients.

  • What is cleft palate & cleft lip?

    Cleft lip and cleft palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. A cleft lip or cleft palate is an opening in the baby’s upper lip and/or the roof of their mouth that occurs during pregnancy.

    Cleft lip and palate can impact 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. By this we mean, pre-surgery support and long-term post-surgery care.

    Find out how our unique approach to treating cleft lip and palate results in lasting transformation.

  • Cleft Lip & Palate Transformations

    • Stanley’s Cleft Care Journey

      Stanley’s parents could not afford to have his cleft lip and palate treated at a private clinic. Thankfully, our team at SRU in India visited the family and informed them free treatment was available.

    • Living with an Unrepaired Cleft: Tarkwa’s Story

      Tarkwa had her first cleft repair surgery at 17 years old. Like so many children in remote, developing communities, she could not afford or access multidisciplinary cleft care.

    • Meet Aae Noi from Laos

      Aae Noi was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate in Bokeo Province, Laos. Read his transformation story!

    News & Announcements

    • New Surgical Equipment in Ethiopia

      Access to safe surgical equipment is an increasing challenge for our medical team in Ethiopia. Thanks to your generous support over the last year, we have been able to purchase two brand new, urgently needed machines.

    • TF and Menchie’s Partner to Spread Awareness and Smiles

      For the month of January, Transforming Faces partnered with our next door neighbour, Menchie’s College West to help change lives, one smile at a time.