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Institutional partners

The Lore-Keller-Foundation has been supporting our work for cleft children in Africa and Asia since 2007. Its help enables the operations and treatment of cleft children in several countries, and it is involved in the training of local doctors and therapists and supports the international networking of our project partners.

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The German Federal Foreign Office has been supporting the training of Afghan surgeons and the procurement of medical instruments and materials since 2010. In 2012 it also started financing operations in Afghanistan and the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

Since June 2019, the Chow Tai Fook Medical Foundation (CTFMF) has been supporting our aid for cleft children in Bangladesh, Bolivia and India. Over a period of one year, this Chinese foundation will fund 500 operations in three project countries. Inspired by Dr. Cheng Yu-Tung, the Cheng family founded CTFMF, a private foundation meant to pass on their late father’s legacy of giving to future generations, in 2016. In collaboration with selected partners and with a focus on sustainable development of the funded projects, CTFMF aims to make impactful giving to help and transform needy and underpriviliged people.

Operation Cleft Australia (OCA) was founded in September 2005 as an initiative of the Rotary Club Box Hill Central in Australia. Today, the initiative is supported by Rotary clubs across Australia. For many years, OCA worked in Bangladesh on its own and is now working with us under the umbrella brand Cleft Bangladesh. Thanks to the Rotary Club members' generous donations, hundreds of children can be operated every year.

[Translate to Englisch:] Sternstunden
Sternstunden, the charity of the Bavarian state broadcasting corporation (Bayerischer Rundfunk), has been supporting our project in Peru since 2008. In addition to cleft surgeries Sternstunden also supports followup care, such as functional speech therapy.

BILD hilft e. V. "Ein Herz für Kinder", the charity of German newspaper BILD, started supporting our project in Pakistan in October 2019. For one year, BILD hilft e. V. will finance surgeries for cleft children in various regions of Pakistan.

[Translate to Englisch:] Charlotte-Steppuhn-Stiftung
The Charlotte - Steppuhn Foundation has been enabling operations for cleft children since 2002. From 2009, the foundation supported operations of affected children in Peru and supported the training of two Peruvian speech functional therapists in Germany and Switzerland in 2012/2013. Since 2017, the foundation has been cooperating with us in Bangladesh, helping to expand our aid there.

[Translate to Englisch:] Dr. Martin Andreas Stiftung
The Dr. Martin Andreas Foundation - Doctors for children in need - has been supporting the effort to aid cleft children since the fall of 2013. Hundreds of children in Asia and South America were able to receive treatment thanks to the foundation. The first goal, the realization of Dr. Andreas' initiative "1000 childrens' faces - 1000 childrens' lives" was reached in 2018. A second initiative, aimed at financing another 1000 cleft surgeries, was just initiated by him.

[Translate to Englisch:] Margarete Müller-Bull Stiftung
Since 2014, the Margarete Müller-Bull Foundation in Stuttgart has been making possible a large number of operations for children with cleft lip and palate in the project countries of India and Bangladesh.

[Translate to Englisch:] Stiftung Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte für Lepra- und Notgebiete
Since 2010, the Hilfswerk Deutscher Zahnärzte (German Dentists' Aid Society) has been supporting operations for cleft children from impoverished families in Bolivia. It contributes significantly to the development of our project in the poor South American country.

Since 2007, the Geschwister Kauffmann Foundation has been supporting operations and treatments for cleft patients in our Indian cleft centers. Numerous children from destitute families were able to have their needed first or second operations.

[Translate to Englisch:] Hans und Elfriede Westphal - Stiftung
Since 2007, the Hans and Elfriede Westphal Foundation has been supporting aid for cleft children and enabled operations in Peru, the Philippines, Cameroon, India, Bolivia and Bangladesh. In addition, the foundation enabled the purchase of modern anesthesia equipment and necessary surgical instruments.

[Translate to Englisch:] Nader-Etmenan-Stiftung
In 2018, the partnership with the young and dynamic Nader Etmenan foundation from Hamburg was initiated. Every year, the foundation finances surgeries for cleft children in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Indonesia - effective aid that befits the foundation's motto "Take action rather than look away".

[Translate to Englisch:] Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit
Since early 2017, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development sponsors the buildup of comprehensive cleft care structures in and around Lima. The project, scheduled to last three years, has been very successful.

LaKi Kids International e.V. was founded in 2013 by Dieter and Dr. Ulrike Lamlé and their adult children Philip, Alicia, Thomas und Patricia. Ever since, the association has supported operations in our aid projects. Ulrike Lamlé is an ENT surgeon herself and project lead for Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Peru and Bolivia.

[Translate to Englisch:] Lucas Volk - Stiftung
The Lucas Volk foundation has been active since December 2011 and makes surgeries possible every year in India and Peru. The foundation board members appreciate the tangible and impactful aid cleft treatment represents to the children and their families.