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October 1 is Foundations Day

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This Saturday, October 1, is “Foundations Day”. This day was created by the Association of German Foundations to draw attention to the work of foundations in Germany and Europe. The individual foundations organize events to present their work.

The Association lists 24,650 foundations of various sizes in Germany. Hundreds more are added every year. They promote important charitable causes in all areas of society, from art and culture to education, the environment, science, sports, international understanding and many more.

We thank all our supporters

Healthcare is also one of the causes supported. We are therefore pleased to count many foundations among our supporters, in addition to numerous companies and of course our many, many private donors. They support our aid projects for children with cleft lip and palate, for example by sponsoring the purchase of equipment for our doctors, or by financing surgery contingents in the project countries.

We know: every donation entrusted to us comes from the heart. And each and every one of our donors allows us to improve the life of a child with cleft lip and palate. A child whom we might otherwise not have been able to help. This means a very great, lasting happiness for a little person in need. We thank you all for making this possible, in the name of the children and their families as well. Especially in these difficult economic times. Thank you!

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Five good reasons to donate for cleft children
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.
Whereever the situation in our project countries allows, we fund additional necessary followup therapies beyond the surgeries, such as speech therapy or orthodontics.
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.
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.
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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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.