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Nader Etmenan Foundation donates 25,000 Euros

A joyous visit to the far north: DCKH Managing Director Alexander Gross and DCKH Director for Foundation Outreach Nicole Reinbold were overjoyed to accept a check for 25,000 euros at the Nader Etmenan Foundation’s headquarters in Hamburg. Founder David Etmenan and foundation manager Fina Schreiber are delighted that this donation will once again let 100 cleft children undergo corrective surgery for their condition.

The young and very active Nader Etmenan Foundation has been a supporter of the work of Deutsche Cleft Kinderhilfe since 2018. Founder David Etmenan is particularly concerned about helping children in Afghanistan. He also emphasizes the importance of cooperation, since with combined strength you can achieve so much more for the children and their families. Alexander Gross is grateful for the donation and confirms both organizations’ goal to continue and expand their joint aid efforts. The donation received will be used to treat cleft children in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia in 2020.

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DCKH director of foundation outreach Nicole Reinbold, DCKH managing director Alexander Gross, founder David Etmenan and foundation manager Fina Schreiber (left to right)
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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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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.