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Sternstunden – Advent calendar for cleft children

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Sternstunden, the Christmas charity campaign of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR), has been supporting national and international children’s aid projects from their base in Munich for almost 28 years now. 24 of the projects supported are showcased each year in the Sternstunden Advent calendar. This year, our project for cleft children in India is one of the projects getting a spot in the limelight.

On Friday, December 10, 2021, the grand Sternstunden Gala of the BR was broadcast on television. Our project to help cleft children in India was one of the projects supported by Sternstunden e.V. presented – with musical accompaniment by German star Roland Kaiser. We are very grateful for this opportunity, and likewise of course for the project sponsorship by German star actress Senta Berger for our appearance on this year’s “Sternstunden”.

You can watch the film in the context of this year’s Sternstunden Advent calendar on BR television here. Our India project is presented from minute 15.

You can look forward to another highlight on December 19, when our Advent calendar door is opened. Then you can watch the film including the appeal for donations by our project godmother Senta Berger on the Sternstunden website. The appeal for donations was filmed at the practice of our honorary project manager and board of trustees member Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume in Munich.

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A strong team for cleft children: Senta Berger during the shoot for “our” spot
Professional preparation: Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume is readied for the filming…
… and the camera starts rolling!
Dr. Dr. Oliver Blume in conversation with Senta Berger
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.