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Cleft child Amina from India

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Amina lives with her family in a village in the middle of the Bengal Delta in the state of West Bengal. Her cleft affects the lip, jaw and palate. Amina is one year old when her parents learn of the offer of free surgery in our cleft center in Kolkata through a brochure. The trip to Kolkata is arduous and takes Amina and her parents two days by bus and train, a difficult journey with a toddler. But the joy that Amina can finally get help outweighs the troubles. Fatema, Amina’s mother, wants nothing more than that her daughter can grow up to be as healthy as her two older brothers.

Dr. Siddhartha, the senior surgeon at our Kolkata cleft center, first operates on Amina’s lip cleft. The little girl recovers quickly and can leave the hospital two days after the procedure. The monsoon has begun and the water level in the mangrove area that the family has to cross on foot on their way home has risen significantly. Back in the village, the joy is great. Fatema is particularly happy. She is hopeful and confident that her daughter will now be able to attend school once she is old enough. Fatema herself only has a primary school degree. She wants Amina to have it better in this regard than she did!

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Amina with her mother Fatema at home in her village.
The family lives in a small village in the simplest of circumstances.
Amina in her mother’s arms with one of her two brothers and her grandparents.
Fatema is happy to have a daughter after two boys.
Shortly before the operation: Fatema is hopeful.
Amina is in good hands with Dr. Siddhartha and his team.
The family’s home is located in a mangrove swamp and can only be reached on foot and by boat.
Back at home: Amina enjoys the attention.
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Six months later:

Dr. Siddhartha closes Amina’s cleft palate in a second operation. Our cleft center in Kolkata is one of the six of our Indian centers where we can offer the patients comprehensive treatment with all relevant medical disciplines. In addition to surgery, this includes speech therapy, orthodontics, dentistry, ENT and psychological care. Amina’s treatment will now continue with speech therapy. With that and with her family at her side, she has the best chance to live a completely normal life.

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Fünf Gründe für eine Spende
Konkret
Wir widmen uns einem einzigen Thema: Der Behandlung von Kindern mit Lippen-Kiefer-Gaumenspalte. In unseren Projektländern leisten wir direkte medizinische Hilfe für die bedürftigen Familien. Messbar an der Zahl der Operationen.
Umfassend
Soweit es die Strukturen in unseren Projektländern zulassen, finanzieren wir über die Operationen hinaus nötige Folgebehandlungen, wie zum Beispiel Sprachtherapie oder kieferorthopädische Maßnahmen.
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Jede Behandlung wird von den Ärzten vor Ort in unserer Patientendatenbank dokumentiert und von uns kontrolliert. So können wir sicher sein, dass die uns anvertrauten Spenden gezielt und sinnvoll verwendet werden.
Nachhaltig
Mit dem Ziel, in unseren Projektländern selbstständig funktionierende medizinische Strukturen aufzubauen, begleiten wir unsere Projekte langfristig und sind im regelmäßigen Austausch mit unseren einheimischen Partnern.
Zertifiziert
Das Deutsche Zentralinstitut für soziale Fragen (DZI) bestätigt uns mit dem DZI Spenden-Siegel bereits seit 2012 den verantwortungsbewussten und seriösen Umgang mit unseren Spendeneinnahmen.
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