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100 years of MESTO – 10 years of cleft aid

MESTO, a manufacturer of portable sprayers based in Freiberg, Baden-Württemberg is a real family business and has been a loyal supporter of our work for cleft children for 10 years now. The firm turned 100 years old on September 28, 2019. In wonderful late summer weather, the anniversary was celebrated extensively in the Wagenhallen in Stuttgart with family, employees and business partners. Instead of gifts, owner Bernd Stockburger presented a check to our employees Ulrike Claassens and Andrea Weiberg: A donation of 19,190 euros for cleft children. The amount echoes the year – 1919 – the traditional company was founded in, generously rounded up. What better way to celebrate such an anniversary than to gift a smile to 415 cleft children!

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From our projects
Cleft surgery mission to Dhodial, North Pakistan
To treat children with cleft lip and palate in northern Pakistan, our Cleft Pakistan team drove 1,600 kilometers from Karachi to the city of Dhodial in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 38 patients received surgery for their clefts. For them and their families, this is the start of a new life.
08.11.2022/
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24 Gute Taten Advent calendar – featuring Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe!
For many, the pre-Christmas season would not be complete without an Advent calendar. Small treats or loving gifts sweeten every December day. But another thing can also be hidden behind the doors: good deeds! The 24 Gute Taten (“24 Good Deeds”) charity Advent calendar makes sure of that: every day, a charitable project from the fields of health, environment, education and many more is presented and supported with the proceeds from the sale of the calendars. This year, one of the projects presented once again is one by Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe!
14.10.2022/
Cleft children from all over the world
Escaping the vicious circle of poverty
On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we remember those who have it less good than we do. Ten percent of our world’s population live in extreme poverty, with less than $1.90 a day for clothing, food and medicine. People with clefts are often affected, their “stigma” an obstacle in everyday life. Many “normal” things such as friends, health and education are hard to achieve for them. A vicious circle – but with an escape?
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08.11.2022/
24 Gute Taten Advent calendar – featuring Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe!
For many, the pre-Christmas season would not be complete without an Advent calendar. Small treats or loving gifts sweeten every December day. But another thing can also be hidden behind the doors: good deeds! The 24 Gute Taten ("24 Good Deeds") charity Advent calendar makes sure of that: every day, a charitable project from the fields of health, environment, education and many more is presented and supported with the proceeds from the sale of the calendars. This year, one of the projects presented once again is one by Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe!
13.10.2022/
DCKH e.V.: DZI donation seal of approval renewed
Trust is the indispensable basis of our work. Without the trust of our donors, not only would our work be impossible, we simply could not exist as an association. We are always aware of this, and this awareness guides us in our daily work. We are therefore proud to announce that Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. has just passed its annual audit and is entitled to carry the DZI Donation Seal 2022/23 for another year.
30.09.2022/
October 1 is Foundations Day
This Saturday, October 1, is "Foundations Day". This day was created by the Association of German Foundations to raise awareness of the important charitable work of foundations in Germany and Europe. We, too, are pleased to be able to count many foundations among the supporters of our work, in addition to numerous companies and many, many private donors.
Videos
21.08.2020/
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.
22.07.2020/
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.
02.03.2020/
Video: The story of Dat from Vietnam
As a baby, Dat fell victim to an unqualified surgery. Probably inexperienced doctors severed important arteries during his palate surgery in Vietnam. The result: a large hole in the palate that massively affects the boy's life. We brought him to Germany to get reconstructive surgery. An individual case that due to the financial and human cost must remain an exception. In this video, we want to draw attention to the risks of "safari surgery" as opposed to sustainable development aid.