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Tom Schneider: Active for cleft children

For entrepreneur and master tanner Thomas Schneider, corporate social responsibility is a guiding principle. As the founder of ISA TanTec, an international group of tanneries, he has long been committed to the advancement of environmentally friendly methods in leather processing. He has been an honorary member of the DCKH board since 2018, filling his position with all his heart and great dedication. He supports our work for cleft children out of the deepest conviction and with great creativity and tireless energy.

He has also brought his ISA TanTec team on board, which supports our work as a multiplier and generous sponsor. Witnessing the work of our aid projects on site is a must for the active entrepreneur. For him, authentic experiences are the prerequisite for convincing other people of our mission and finding supporters. We are always delighted when Tom takes advantage of a stay in his hometown Hinterzarten to come visit us in neighboring Freiburg.

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Visit to our Indian cleft center in Kolkata, August 2018: Thomas Schneider meets patients …
… and head surgeon Dr. Siddhartha.
Summer visit in Freiburg, July 2020: Thomas Schneider with Dr. Ulrike Lamlé (left), Alexander Gross and Nicole Reinbold (right)
Photo collage: ISA TanTec
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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.