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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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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.
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.