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Help orphan Khahn from Vietnam

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Khahn lives in an orphanage, 110 km from Hanoi. His parents are not known to the foster staff at the orphanage. That Khahn was born with a large cleft lip could be one of the reasons why he was abandoned. Now, Khahn’s foster mother Hien takes loving care of the little one. But she is very worried: will Khahn ever be able to have a surgery for his cleft, or will he have to suffer from his malformation all his life?

When Khahn is 16 months old, he receives an unexpected visitor: A man from the neighborhood who has heard about the cleft child in the orphanage. The man himself was born with a cleft lip and palate and establishes contact between the orphanage and our partner organization OSCA in Hanoi. Hien immediately makes an appointment with our surgeon Dr. Ai.

Dr. Ai heads one of our two projects in Hanoi. Orphans are often among his patients. Unfortunately it still happens that the children are abandoned by their parents because of their malformation.

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Foster mother Hien waits with Khahn for his surgery.
Khahn on his way to the operating room.
Our little patient before his surgery
Khahn lives in this orphanage.
Dr. Ai visits Khahn at the orphanage a few weeks after the surgery.
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Khahn is lucky: He is strong and healthy enough for Dr. Ai to be able to operate his lip right away. The next step will be to close his cleft palate. We are grateful to be able to give children like Khahn free treatment and thereby make their lives a little better.

Please consider giving more cleft children like Khahn a better future with your donation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

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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.