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Management change at Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe

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We are excited to announce a shift in our management structure here at Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V.! Our co-founder Alexander Gross, who has directed DCKH’s growth from humble beginnings in 2002 to the global NGO we are now, is shifting laterally to the position of chairman of the board. Andrea Weiberg is stepping up to become our new operative managing director. Andrea, whose background is in business administration, has been directing our fundraising and public relations work since 2018.

Together, Alexander and Andrea form our new operational board of directors, supported by our two pro bono board members Prof. Dr. med. Frank Feyerherd (anesthetist) and Tom Schneider (entrepreneur). All four are experienced, long-term hands-on supporters of our global efforts to help cleft children in need.

With this new management structure, Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe e.V. is well set up, going into its 20-year anniversary in 2022, to continue our successful work and provide aid to ever more and more cleft patients in the developing countries.

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Five good reasons to donate for cleft children
Tangible
We dedicate ourselves to a single cause: Treating children with cleft lip and palate. In our project countries, we offer direct medical help for the needy patients and their families. Measurable in the number of surgeries offered.
Comprehensive
Whereever the situation in our project countries allows, we fund additional necessary followup therapies beyond the surgeries, such as speech therapy or orthodontics.
Transparent
Every treatment is documented by our doctors in the project countries in our patient database and verified by us. This way we know that the donations entrusted to us are used properly.
Sustainable
Our goal always is to build sustainable, independently functioning structures in our project countries. To achieve this, we build up long-term partnerships and keep in close touch with our local partners.
Certified
The German Central Institute for Social Matters (DZI) certifies that we use the donations entrusted to us responsibly and properly manner. We have held this certificate continuously since 2012.
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Videos
21.08.2020/
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/
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.