Project Harar

Rebuilding faces – changing lives in Ethiopia

Project Harar provides access to vital life-changing surgery, nutritional support and speech and language therapy for some of the most marginalised children in Ethiopia living with cleft lip and palate or complex facial disfigurements.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 June 2021 to 12:00 PM, 30 July 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094272)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities




Facial disfigurements and cleft lip and palate cause a multitude of developmental issues and social stigma, often preventing children attending school and being part of their community. Affected children suffer pain, discomfort, and issues with eating and speech. Treatment is out of reach both financially and geographically for those living in rural, disadvantaged areas of Ethiopia. Covid and uncertainty has disproportionately impacted the communities in which we work.


Project Harar provides life-changing, and often life-saving, access to surgery and treatment for those living with cleft lip and palate and more complex facial disfigurements. Our approach is community-based health outreach, which covers identification, awareness raising and tackling health misinformation. We aim to deliver comprehensive treatment to hundreds of children that have been identified across the country as needing urgent treatment and surgery for complex or cleft conditions.

  • Before, when I was around other people I would cover my face in a scarf. Now I am no longer afraid

    — Sifan, who received complex facial surgery during our 2020 programme

  • When Moibon was born we felt upset and worried, I went on the internet and saw lots of children treated from Project Harar - and then I felt so happy. I emailed them they gave me full information on how I could access the service, now Moibon has been treated we are swimming in an ocean of love.

    — Chala - father of baby Moibon who received cleft treatment in October 2020

  • I used to go to school, but I was forced to stop going at 4th grade. I felt pain in my face. But the main reason was that other students were laughing at me. I felt really happy when I heard the good news that my operation was going ahead.

    — Tirusew, who received complex surgery during our 2020 programme

  • Until my son Tamirat received cleft treatment, I was isolated from our community including churches. After two years and two month my child received palate surgery. Now we are very happy and our child is healthy. We thank you very much

    — Mother of Tamirat - who had cleft lip surgery in 2019 and had cleft palate surgery in February 2021