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About Alliance for Smiles

Alliance for Smiles is a registered 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to forever improve the lives of children and communities impacted by cleft by providing free, comprehensive treatment while building local capacity for long-term care.

It's little known that children born with cleft conditions in many countries face tremendous physical, emotional, and social challenges. Approximately one in ten are killed by their own families or communities for being born with the condition, as it is often considered a curse or spiritual punishment. Those who survive have difficulty breastfeeding, are prone to other serious medical conditions, and are often shunned, bullied, abused, or abandoned.

The solution is a relatively quick surgery (often around one hour) after which the children’s lives and opportunities are transformed forever. Unfortunately, most of them do not live in areas where trained surgeons are available, and if they do, the surgeries are often unaffordable.

That’s where Alliance for Smiles (AfS) comes in, offering free surgeries for children impacted by cleft lip and palate in underserved regions of the world, training the medical teams that serve them, and establishing Treatment Centers to provide long-term, sustainable care for these patients.

AfS and its medical work are powered by a lean team & board, along with almost one thousand volunteers, including both medical and non-medical volunteers. We’d love for you to join us in this life-changing effort!

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Change lives forever with Alliance for Smiles!

At AfS, we are passionate about transforming the course of children’s lives, one smile at a time. We’ve provided surgeries for over 7,000 children to date, and none of that would’ve been possible without the incredible support of some amazing volunteers. Join us in this work!

Volunteer Translator Corps: Alliance for Smiles works in partnership with medical teams around the world, providing both free, in-person surgeries and hands-on trainings when and where possible to do so, as well as via remote trainings delivered online.

Volunteers make this work possible, especially the volunteers who lend their time and language skills to help us translate our trainings into the relevant languages for the medical teams we are teaching.

We currently need volunteers with the following language skills:

  1. French
  2. Spanish
  3. Arabic
  4. Bengali/Bangla

If you have time, energy, and the relevant language skills - we’d love for you to join us!

Our volunteer positions are part time and scheduling is very flexible (and sometimes dependent on the needs of the teams based in the countries we are training).

More opportunities with Alliance for Smiles

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About Alliance for Smiles


2565 THIRD ST, Suite 237, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107, US

Mission Statement

Alliance for Smiles is a nonprofit organization committed to creating new smiles for children suffering from untreated cleft lip and cleft palate anomalies. Our dedicated teams of volunteers provide comprehensive treatment including free reconstructive surgery for these often neglected children in underserved areas of the world.


Alliance for Smiles (AfS) was founded in October of 2004 by five members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco who had been involved for ten years previously with cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery. The mission of Alliance for Smiles (AfS) is to repair children’s broken smiles by providing free comprehensive treatment for cleft lip and palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world.

Service Array

Alliance for Smiles functions as an international service project with the following goals:

  1. To provide free reconstructive surgery and dental treatment to children with cleft lip and palate anomalies in underserved areas of the world.
  2. To establish comprehensive cleft treatment centers in collaboration with local professionals and inspire them to support free interdisciplinary treatment programs.
  3. To foster an awareness of the necessity to provide timely comprehensive care for all cleft lip and palate anomalies.
  4. To develop and implement programs to identify causes and support preventive measures to reduce the incidence of cleft lip and palate.
  5. To create international understanding and goodwill by building bridges of friendship among all people.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine


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This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Arabic
  • Bengali
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Translation




  • Our volunteer positions are part time and scheduling is very flexible (and sometimes dependent on the needs of the teams based in the countries we are training).

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