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

    • Transforming Lives through Training

      Thanks to a little training, Jeremiah’s future is looking a LOT brighter.

    • Mayra’s Magical Smile

      Find out how 6-year-old Mayra’s life has been transformed through speech therapy!

    • Meet Po Laung from Myanmar

      Po Laung is an only child who lives with his mother and grandparents in the Doi Taw Kham village in Myanmar. His family works in agriculture, mainly growing rice and corn. This is his transformation story.

    News & Announcements

    • Exciting updates from the TF Family – introducing our new Executive Director, Hugh Brewster

      We are excited to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Hugh Brewster, and provide you with a few TF team updates. Get to know Hugh a little better through our Q&A, and catch up on the latest news from the Toronto office.

    • Ontario doctor’s 3D Cleft Palate Simulator is making headlines and transforming the way we teach cleft palate repair

      Dr. Dale Podolsky, a medical resident at the University of Toronto, is making headlines with his 3D Palate Simulator! His innovation is revolutionizing the way we teach cleft palate repair surgery. Learn more about Dr. Podolsky’s visit to our partners in Chile, and how this innovative technology is revolutionizing clef lip & palate repair surgery.