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Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V.

Comprehensive aid for children with cleft lip and palate
Make a difference with your donation
A cleft child’s life-transforming – and sometimes even life-saving – surgery costs only 300 euros.
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The story of Maui, cleft child from Colombia

Our new project to help children with cleft lip and palate in Colombia begins with a very unusual case. Maui was born with a cleft lip and palate. His parents belong to the indigenous Kogi and do not know how to get him the help he needs. By a happy coincidence, Julia, a Swiss woman living in Colombia, is a neighbor of the family and offers to help. In search of treatment options, she comes across Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe.

Thanks to our supporters, Maui’s life-saving operation was financed.

Documentary filmmaker Elias Danner has captured this incredible story:


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Latest impressions from our work
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From our projects
Project visit Sierra Leone
Many people in Sierra Leone are affected by extreme poverty. This also means very poor conditions and little hope for treatment for those who give birth to a child with cleft lip here. Now our long-time volunteer supporters and Africa project leaders, the highly qualified surgeons Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume and Gunther Au-Balbach, visited the country to establish contacts for a new cleft project and to provide care to the first patients.
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Cleft children from all over the world
Cristóbal, a child with cleft lip and palate from Bolivia
In June 2020, Cristóbal is born with a cleft lip and palate in El Alto, Bolivia. His mother takes care of Cristobal and his two siblings and the household. His father’s meager salary as a bricklayer is just enough to survive. At the clinic where Cristóbal was born, his parents received no information about his cleft lip and palate or treatment options, and the couple’s family did not support them either. But Cristóbal’s story has a happy ending.
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New genetic study sheds light on how cleft lip and palate forms
There is still no reliable method to prevent the development of a cleft lip and palate. This is in no small part due to the fact that there is not one clear cause: Cleft has a multifactorial origin. One important factor is genetic. Here too, however, the situation is not clear-cut – there is no such thing as “the cleft gene”. A group of researchers at the University of Bonn has now added to our knowledge about cleft by investigating the 98% of genes that do not themselves directly contain blueprints for proteins.
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Helping children with cleft lip and palate

Since 2002, Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. has been working to ensure that children with cleft lip and palate – “cleft children” – have access to safe, qualified and comprehensive treatment. In pursuit of this goal, Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe funds the necessary surgeries and follow-up therapies in many developing countries. More info:

Every year, some 250,000 children worldwide are born with a cleft lip and palate. Without treatment, “cleft children” suffer from the consequences for the rest of their lives. Depending on the type and severity of the malformation, babies cannot swallow, eat or drink properly, and they remain susceptible to infections and abscesses in the oral cavity. It is not uncommon for cleft babies to die before their first birthday. They are often ostracized because of their appearance, and their families live on the margins of society.

Your donation gives affected children and their families the chance to live their lives in health and dignity.

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Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe in numbers
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Every year, our teams provide some 6,800 surgeries to cleft patients in need. Most of our patients are children.
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We provided surgeries to children with cleft lip and palate at 48 locations in Asia, South America and East Africa in 2020.
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The result of our efforts: 64,593 surgeries for cleft patients in need funded between 2002 and 2021.
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Our network includes more than 250 local doctors, therapists and organizers worldwide.
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Worldwide help for children with cleft lip and palate

What treatments we can offer in our project countries vary depending on the medical infrastructures available and how far our project has developed. There are locations where we can only offer basic surgeries. In other countries, we can offer a full comprehensive cleft treatment with many types of followup therapies. Other projects lie in between.

List of our aid projects.

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300 Euros to change a cleft child’s life

The operation to close the cleft is the central treatment measure for a cleft lip and palate. In our project countries, this procedure, which usually takes no longer than 45 minutes, costs an average of 300 euros.
A recurring donation is particularly valuable for us: it gives us a predictable and reliable level of funding. With just 25 euros per month, you make a child’s surgery possible every year. A relatively small monthly that makes a big difference: giving a child a better life.

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We have been awarded the seal of approval of the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) for our responsible use of our donors’ money. The seal is renewed yearly after an audit of our finances by the Berlin-based DZI.