Our Mission

The mission of Global Smile Foundation (GSF) is to provide comprehensive cleft care to people born with cleft lips and palates in underserved communities throughout the world.

The procedure to repair cleft should be simple, but in the countries served by GSF access to surgical care is rare. Yet the consequences of untreated cleft lip or palate are devastating:

  • Fathers often leave the family, believing their child or their marriage, has been cursed; parents will abandon their infant in the hospital, unable to cope with the future the child will face.
  • Children with cleft are generally ostracized from society, unable to go to school or make friends.
  • As adults, patients with cleft lips or palates have little chance of making a living.
  • Most patients keep from one to five family members home caring for them, rather than earning wages to support the household.

For the past 31 years, GSF founders and volunteers have been dedicated to developing and implementing global outreach programs to change the lives of these individuals, giving patients the confidence to be strong, productive members of their communities. We are committed to offering more than fragmented surgical procedures and work to implement comprehensive and multi-disciplinary care coupled with educational and preventative programs. We partner with local health organizations at each mission site to develop a sustainable comprehensive cleft care program to serve the community. GSF is proud to work with our partner sites in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

With Global Smile Foundation, a healthy smile is just the beginning.


GSF is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as
a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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