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Great challenges in 2021

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As a result of the pandemic, many cleft children could not be treated in 2020. Organizations that rely on foreign teams for help have had to stop helping. Thanks to our local surgeons, we were able to continue our work. More than 4,000 operations were the gratifying result in this difficult year. Our goal for 2021: An increase in the number of surgeries back to the level of 2019, our most successful year to date – which we concluded with 6,280 operations.

We want to realize 6,500 operations in 2021. We are mobilizing all of our capacities for this. The increased costs for the surgeries are an additional challenge: Due to new laboratory, protective and hygiene measures, each operation costs 50 euros more than before. For 2021 we thus have to calculate with 300 euros per operation. Over thousands of operations, the difference amounts to a six-figure additional requirement.

We need your help so that we can continue our help for cleft children! Please support us with your donation.

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6,500 surgeries in 11 countries!

India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bolivia, Vietnam, East Africa (Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Ethiopia), Peru and Afghanistan: in 2021 these will be the priority countries for our work. You can see below how the 6,500 operations we are planning are distributed among the individual countries.

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2,000 surgeries planned in India
1,700 surgeries planned in Bangladesh.
1,000 surgeries planned in Pakistan.
400 surgeries planned in Bolivia.
350 surgeries planned in Vietnam.
230 surgeries planned in East Africa.
200 surgeries planned in Peru.
120 surgeries planned in Afghanistan.

DCKH
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.