Project Harar

Transforming Lives in Remote Regions of Ethiopia

Our project will provide vital life-changing surgery, nutritional support and speech and language therapy for some of the most marginalised children in Ethiopia with cleft lip and palate - so that they can live a healthy life free from stigma and isolation.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094272)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£25,200

Amount raised

£59,215

Donations

31

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Location

Situation

Children with cleft lip and palate suffer from malnutrition, speech and hearing problems, stigma and discrimination. They are bullied due to their appearance and most do not go to school or make friends. In addition, our beneficiaries are located in extremely isolated areas of Ethiopia with little or no access to healthcare, surgery or support. Without Project Harar their lives would be bleak and they would live in isolation with compromised physical and mental wellbeing.

Solution

We identify and mobilise patients providing them with access to surgery from some of the most remote regions. We provide advice on diet and feeding to mothers with cleft babies to support their children as they grow, preventing long-term malnutrition. We provide patients with speech and language therapy enabling them to communicate properly - some for the first time. We train health workers to change the negative community perceptions of cleft and to help children reintegrate socially.

  • ‚ÄòWhen we learned that Project Harar could give her the operation we were so happy...I‚Äôm so happy with how she looks after her operation ‚Äì it‚Äôs like a miracle.'

    — Mother of one of our cleft patients, Felhano aged 2.

  • ‘When we learned that Project Harar could give her the operation we were so happy...I’m so happy with how she looks after her operation – it’s like a miracle.'

    — Mother of one of our cleft patients, Felhano aged 2.