250 euros: a gift that will last for a lifetime


For many children in the world, being born with a cleft lip and palate means living in isolation, usually with serious health problems. Without treatment, these children have no chance to live a normal life. The first step in helping them is the operation that frees a cleft child from its obvious “flaw” and the many health problems that come with it. It is the first big step into a “normal” life for a cleft child.


An operation costs 250 euros. It changes a child’s life. A small amount that makes great changes happen. It opens new opportunities in life for a child and their family. It is a one-time investment with which you clear the way into a new, better life for a cleft child.


What can I expect as a surgery sponsor?

As a surgery sponsor, you finance one – or more, as you choose – operations for a cleft child. These surgical procedures change the child’s life. This is a one-time donation, you do not make any ongoing commitment.

The attending doctor documents every procedure in our patient database with before and after pictures and information about the child and their family. After your donation has been put to use – approximately four to eight weeks after receipt of the donation – you will receive an email from us with the link to “your” child’s patient record and further information about the treating doctor and the project country.

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Testimonies from our surgery sponsors

“Thank you very much for your email. I was very happy about the good news from Vietnam. I am particularly happy for little Binh and his parents. I would like to thank you for the detailed information, many thanks also to Dr. Pham Van Ai and his team. ” – Hilmar Claus, Castrop-Rauxel

“Thank you very much for your letter with information about the “our” child’s operation. It is very rare that a donation “gets a face”, and in this case this is a fitting double entrendre. We can empathize so much with the feelings of the parents before and after the operation, and it makes us very happy to know that the little girl can grow up with a better chance at a future. “Aiding smile operation” is a great expression for the work of the surgeons in Vietnam.” – The Stegmaier family, Aalen

We looked at the pictures and saw in the mother’s eyes the misery and strain of her own situation and certainly her family’s. Even if our own world is now facing a major threat, when you look at these pictures you have to see how fortunate we are despite our worries, worries that people in the poorest countries probably find ridiculous.” – Carola & Bernd Rückheim, Berlin

“Your message was a joy shortly before the start of the weekend. The adorable little guy will have it a lot easier in life from now on. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for his future and thank the surgical team and you for the great work.” – Almuth Arendt-Boeller, Berlin

“Thank you for your mail. It is the first time that I have received such detailed feedback on my donation from an organization to which I have donated. It’s wonderful!” – I.B., Munich

“Thank you so much for the link! Little Rafa already looked cute as a button before the operation, now he is a knockout. But it’s not just about the cosmetic result: He is sure to be able to eat better now and so forth. I am very happy for him and his parents. Thank you for being so committed to this work.” – Sabine Ozaktiv, Salzgitter

“Thank you very much for the wonderful pictures of the little Ankita Naiya and her mother. It is a very moving feeling to have made possible a more hopeful life for this little girl and her family. Thank you for sharing the pictures with me. Also, if it is possible, I ask you to send the best wishes to the family. Thanks to your team, to the team in India and to the doctors who put in work.” – Susanne Mayer, Pfronten


“Laughter is life and vice versa”

The smile of each of these children is wonderful evidence of Oscar Wilde’s observation. Every child has their own story – a fate that we can turn for the better. For us, each of these stories is a small success and a great motivation to continue our mission. Because every child has the right to a carefree, healthy life!

“Laughter is life”: Gift a child a new life with an operation.

Become a surgery sponsor now!

Paili from India
Mohammad from Bangladesh
Fatema from Bangladesh
Ahmed from Bangladesh
Heidi from Peru
Roshni from India
Five good reasons to donate
We are dedicated to one single cause: the treatment of children with cleft lip and palate. In our project countries, we provide direct medical aid to families in need. With success measurable by the number of operations.
As far as the structures in our project countries allow, we also finance necessary follow-up treatments beyond the surgeries, such as speech therapy or orthodontic measures.
Every treatment is documented in our patient database by the doctors on site and verified and checked for quality by us. This way we can be sure that the donations entrusted to us are used properly.
Our goal always is to establish independently functioning medical structures in our project countries. We therefore support our projects over the long term and continuously stay in contact with our local partners.
The German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI) has been certifying our responsible and proper handling of our donation income with its DZI donation seal since 2012.