Help and heal sustainably – that is the motto of the Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe Foundation, which supports selected projects of our charity. The foundation was established by the Stuttgart-based oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Dr. med. Heinz Lübbe, who was the Chairman of the board of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. from 2005 until his death in September 2015.
Heinz Lübbe was not only an excellent doctor – he was also a visionary and worked as an energetic manager for the charity. He was committed to providing cleft children in developing countries with qualified and comprehensive treatment. The establishment of the foundation was his last major initiative, which he initiated despite a serious illness.
Therwil and Dornbirn – our two partner associations in Switzerland and Austria are pursuing a great goal with us: to give children with cleft lip and palate a chance in life. Our Austrian partner association was only established late last year under the name Austrian Cleft Children’s Aid and is currently still organizing itself. Further information will follow shortly.
In cooperation with Swiss doctors, the board and employees of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe founded a partner association in Switzerland in 2008. The Swiss Aid Society for Cleft Children (Schweizer Hilfe für Spaltkinder, SHfS), based in Therwil near Basel, has funded more than 200 operations in our Indian treatment centers every year – since December 2013. The Swiss team works on an unpaid, pro bono basis.
Our Austrian partner association, the Austrian Cleft Kinderhilfe, was founded in cooperation with our supporter Amann Girrbach AG from Dornbirn in Vorarlberg. The association was founded in late 2019 and is based in Dornbirn. Austrian Cleft Kinderhilfe funds operations for cleft children in our projects in India and Bangladesh.