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Masks for donations

Three years ago, Constanze Fontanive fulfilled a dream: The local organic food store in Gundelfingen was looking for a new owner. She knew: It was now or never! The agricultural scientist with a focus on organic farming did not have to think twice. Ever since then she has been running the Gundelfingen organic food store with passion and a selection of goods that leaves nothing to be desired: the finest fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, tea, coffee and organic wine, baby care products, cosmetics and eco-friendly cleaning agents. All these necessities are lovingly presented here in selected organic quality.

When the Corona pandemic began, the small shop saw more demand than ever. Everyday masks were quickly added to the selection. The first masks that Constanze Fontanive sold came from her mother Helga Fontanive’s home workshop, today an employee’s mother does the sewing.

Through her parents, Constanze Fontanive became aware of our work for cleft children a year ago. She decided to donate the proceeds from the hand-sewn masks to a good cause. The 10 euros per mask are distributed equally: five euros for our cleft children, five euros will go to an animal protection campaign. Today she presented us with a donation of 145 euros! A big thank you to Constanze Fontanive and her team for this wonderful initiative, to the hardworking seamstresses and to the numerous donors who pass on the smile hidden by their masks on winding paths.

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Constanze Fontanive outside her store in Gundelfingen.
A little oasis in Gundelfingen.
There is much to discover!
Constanze Fontanive presents the proceeds from her mask initiative to DCKH’s Andrea Weiberg.
A mask that gifts a smile.
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.