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Musicians help cleft children

On Saturday, February 15th a charity concert for cleft children was performed in the Catholic Church in Harthausen. 8,000 euros were raised! This wonderful result means that we can provide surgery to 32 children. The gathering of musicians, guests and supporters took place in a wonderful atmosphere for enriching discussions and contacts. The memories of the wonderful, all-around successful musical evening will stay with the audience for a long time.

The association Help and Music organizes charity concerts and performances to help children in need for the joy of helping with musicians from all over Baden-Württemberg. All musicians play pro bono – the cost of sheet music etc. is covered by sponsors, so that the proceeds and all donations raised at the events benefit the purpose of the donation directly and without deductions. It has almost become a tradition that the association supports aid for cleft children once a year.

We would like to say thank you to our donor Jörg Beutel, the Help and Music association, as well as all musicians and contributors who are so committed to finding creative ways of helping cleft children – as well as of course everyone who helped with their donation at the concert!

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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.