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24 Gute Taten Advent calendar – featuring Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe!

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For many people, the Advent calendar is a beloved part of every year’s pre-Christmas season. Small treats or gifts sweeten the December days. But it turns out something else can also be hidden behind the doors: good deeds! The German 24 GUTE TATEN (Good Deeds) charity Advent calendar makes sure of that: Every day, an aid project from the fields of health, environment, education etc. is presented and receives a share of the proceeds from the sale of the calendars. The calendar costs 24 euros,  amounting to a donation of one euro per day, so one euro for each of the 24 projects per calendar sold. A great idea – and to our great pleasure a project of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. is once again hidden behind one of the little doors this year!

Many different kinds of projects are supported: green fodder for gorillas in Cameroon, milk for baby elephants in Zambia, drinking water for school children in Uganda, powdered milk for babies in refugee camps in Greece, trauma therapy for Syrian war children, help for refugees, the elderly, the homeless and street children – these are just a few examples from ten years of 24 GUTE TATEN. In 2018, Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe was featured with a project to fund speech therapy for Indian children with cleft lip malformation.

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Good deeds travel around the world

Director Sebastian Wehkamp launched the 24 GUTE TATEN e.V. in 2011 and talks about the idea that launched the project: “I was standing in the drugstore and wanted to put together an Advent calendar for my girlfriend, and I was faced with the question: How do I put the most happiness behind one little door? The answer was clear to me: You feel the most happiness when you help others. And that’s how the idea for the 24 GOOD DEEDS Advent calendar came about.”

Today, Sebastian Wehkamp and his team can look back on an impressive track record: over 264 projects in 67 project countries have been supported with the proceeds of the calendar. The 24 GUTE TATEN Advent calendar 2022 can be ordered online starting now. Conscientious project selection, measurable results and transparency are the guiding principles of this unique Advent charity initiative. All projects are part of the initiative “Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft” (“transparent civil society”).

The 24 GUTE TATEN Advent calendar can count on celebrity support from Carolin Kebekus, Hannes Jaenicke, Wayne Carpendale, Hajo Schumacher, Julia Shaw, Doc Esser, Tobi Krell and many others who promote the project with their star power.

Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe would like to thank the 24 GUTE TATEN team, the celebrity supporters and, of course, the many donors who do good every year with the 24 GUTE TATEN Advent Calendar. We say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts in the name of our many little patients worldwide.

From our projects
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.