Project Harar

Rebuilding Faces, Changing Lives

Project Harar enables children and young people with facial disabilities in rural Ethiopia to access life-changing treatment. Our dedicated outreach team covers an area half the size of France to find children with facial disabilities, inform them of the treatment available, and help them reach it.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094272)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£80,000

Amount raised

£158,071

Donations

62

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

Location

  • I have never known loneliness to be this palpable; an electromagnetic field all around each child. And it is this that haunts me still.

    — Sir John Hurt, Patron

  • My former history was like a person in darkness, now I have come out into the light.

    — Kemiya, Project Harar patient

  • In school I found it difficult to ask questions to teachers in fear of other students laughing at my speaking problem.

    — Ramadan, Project Harar patient

  • In school I found it difficult to ask questions to teachers in fear of other students laughing at my speaking problem.

    — Ramadan, Project Harar patient

  • I have never known loneliness to be this palpable; an electromagnetic field all around each child. And it is this that haunts me still.

    — Sir John Hurt, Patron

  • My former history was like a person in darkness, now I have come out into the light.

    — Kemiya, Project Harar patient

Situation

One in every 600 children are born with a cleft condition, 54% are stunted & many others are affected by burns, tumours, animal attack and noma - a devastating facial infection. Communities often reject children with facial disabilities, denying them the right to education or abandoning them to become street children. Treatment is available in few hospitals. But the cost for a young patient to travel from isolated regions to hospital is equivalent to a family's entire annual income.

Solution

We will help children and young people to access free life-changing surgery at a cost of £250 a patient. We act as a bridge between the poorest communities and good hospitals, by: - Finding patients who need our help, working with families and local health & social workers - Arranging transport & accommodation - Providing medicine, scans & tests - Providing follow-up care after the operation. We work all year round in Ethiopia, helping anyone with a facial disability.