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Born with cleft lip and palate in India: Ashmitas story.

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Today we would like to introduce you to Ashmita. The little girl was born with a cleft lip on May 01, 2021 in the village of Pachaura in India. Ashmita’s parents were shunned and stigmatized by their families and acquaintances because of their daughter’s deformity. They feared that their daughter would face a difficult life of social exclusion. They were desperate and do not know what to do. They have no money for treatment…

When the parents already want to give up hope, they meet a woman whose child was also born with a cleft. Her child was operated in our cleft center in Patna. Amina’s parents found new hope.

Ashmita before her surgery…
… and after! Only one hour of surgery has made a huge difference for this little girl!
A burden has been lifted from the shoulders of the young family. Their daughter can now grow up without a cleft.
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Hopeful, Ashmita’s parents visit our cleft center in Patna. They immediately get an appointment for Ashmita’s surgery. After the one-hour operation, Ashmita’s parents are overjoyed and grateful. And now, their extended family and acquaintances accept the girl and Ashmita has now the best chances to grow up healthy and integrated into society.

We are happy about every child’s fate that we can change for the better – thanks to your support!

From our projects
Visit to our cleft treatment project in Pakistan
Helping the children with cleft malformation treated in our cleft treatment project in Karachi live their best lives is the overarching goal of our three-year BMZ funding project. To evaluate the project, a team from Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe traveled to Pakistan in early 2023. An exciting trip with intense, touching impressions of the successful work done by our Pakistani partners.
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.
December 2022: Project visit in Vietnam
Our help for children with cleft lip and palate would be impossible without our network of helpers. In addition to many local surgeons and other medical professionals in the partner countries, this network also includes volunteers who support our local teams with passion and skill. An intercultural exchange that is enriching for both sides. The work in our project country Vietnam has been accompanied since 2016 by the Munich doctors Dr. Denys J Loeffelbein and Dr. Daniel Lonic. In December 2022, the two visited their colleagues and friends in Vietnam again for the first time since the pandemic.
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 an indigenous people 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.
Video: Impressions from Bolivia
The parents of our cleft children are always full of gratitude. When their child is born with cleft, they often do not know what to make of the malformation, much less that it can be treated. And even if they do - most of our little patients come from the poorest of backgrounds. Their parents could never afford the operation. It is an unimaginable happiness for them to learn that their children can receive qualified treatment, and free of charge even. This wonderful, touching film from our Bolivian aid project captures these special moments of happiness.
Video: Impressions from Pakistan
This film, made for our Pakistani partner organization, the Al-Mustafa Welfare Societey, by the father of one of our patients, shows scenes from our work in Karachi. From here, our senior surgeon Prof. Ashraf Ganatra treats cleft children from poorest families. He operates the children from Karachi at the Al Mustafa Medical Center. In order to reach the many needy families living outside the city, he also regularly heads out to local provincial hospitals to treat cleft patients there.