Our work: From 2002 up to now
Tangible help for children with cleft lip and/or palate – for more than 20 years. Since founding our association in 2002, we have dedicated ourselves to a single mission, anchored in our statutes: helping children with cleft malformation in countries where such crucial medical treatment is not available - or at least not for all.
Since beginning this work, we have achieved a lot. As a German aid organization, we are now internationally recognized, established and networked. Today, we are active in 12 countries and have over the years funded more than 70,000 surgeries and numerous follow-up therapies for cleft patients. Through steady educational work, we have been able to drive down the average age of our patients at the start of their treatment. Given that a surgery performed at the youngest possible age is crucial for the further development of children, this is a great success.
However, the general situation has not changed significantly: There is still no way to prevent cleft lip and palate. Some 700 million people were living in extreme poverty in 2022 (source: BMZ, based on calculations by the World Bank). Cleft children from these many economically poor families still have no lobby. The treatment of these children relies largely on aid organizations. Their work has been severely impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, resulting in a waiting list of patients that has to be addressed – in addition to the thousands of new cases born each year.
Our philosophy for implementing our statutory purpose – helping children with cleft malformation in developing and emerging countries – has proven itself over the past two decades. Then as now, the following concepts guide us in our work: