Many people wish to share their good fortune by donating and doing good. Especially during Christmastime, people ask themselves: How can I really help a person in need in a meaningful way? Let’s pause for a moment and consciously look at the less fortunate people in our world: often, it is children who suffer the most – through no fault of their own.
With so much suffering, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. But exactly the opposite is the case: For the children with cleft lip and palate who come to us for treatment every donation counts. Every euro brings a child closer to being able to have their operation – an operation that sometimes even saves their lives due to the health problems an untreated cleft can cause. Every donation brings this decisive turning point in a child’s lives closer – closer to a future that is free from the health burden of the cleft.
Why do children with cleft lip and palate need help so urgently?
With a cleft lip and / or a cleft palate, babies cannot swallow, eat or drink properly. They are also susceptible to infections. If cleft children do not receive adequate treatment, they face a lifetime of problems. Far too many cleft children even die of malnutrition before their first birthday.
The lack of separation of mouth and nose also results in problems with speech development. Hearing deficits caused by chronic middle ear infections that again are due to this lack of separation can make learning to speak even more difficult. In addition, many cleft children are ostracized in their neighborhoods and schools because of their appearance, and their families sometimes have to live on the margins of society.
The mothers in particular are often unfairly blamed for the cleft lip and palate, which of course they in reality had no ability to prevent. The resulting psychological and emotional stress for both child and parents is incredible, even more if they do not know that there is treatment available, or think that they could never afford it.
The families from which our cleft children come live in countries where general medical care as in industrialized nations is not a matter of course. They already have a hard time making ends meet, getting enough to eat every day, or enabling their children to attend school. To be born into this situation as a child with cleft lip and palate is a difficult start in life.
How can children with cleft lip and palate be helped?
Providing an operation or operations to close the cleft lip and / or palate is the first and central therapeutic measure. It gives children a tangible step forward and lays the foundation to let them grow and develop to the best of their potential, free of the health and psychological burden of the cleft.
Shortly after their cleft palate surgery, children can eat and drink properly for the first time in their lives. At the same time, the palate surgery lays the foundation for normal language development and gives the children the chance to participate in social life – to make friends, to go to school, to get married, to start a family. All of this can be made possible with the right treatment.
A meaningful donation for children
A life-changing operation for children and babies with cleft lip and palate costs an average of 300 euros in our project countries in Asia, South America and East Africa. As a surgery sponsor, you give a child the gift of a complete operation and a new perspective on life.
Every euro helps by bringing a child closer to the life-changing operation – many others like you are also helping.
Every treatment is documented by the local doctors in our patient database and checked by us. This way we can be sure that the donations entrusted to us are used in a meaningful way.
Five good reasons to donate to Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe
A clear goal: Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is dedicated to a single cause: helping children with cleft lip and palate. In our project countries, we provide direct medical aid to families in need. The success is measured in the number of operations provided.
Comprehensive: Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe uses your donations to finance not only the operations, but also the necessary follow-up treatments such as speech therapy or orthodontic treatments.
Transparent: Every treatment by the local doctors is documented in our patient database and checked by us. This way we can make sure that the donations entrusted to us are used properly.
Sustainable: The goal of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe is to establish independently functioning medical structures in our project countries. Our cooperation with our projects is on a long-term basis, and we are in regular exchange with all our local partners.
Certified: The German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) has confirmed our responsible and serious handling of our donation income with the DZI donation seal continuously since 2012.