Project Harar

Rebuilding faces, changing lives in Ethiopia

Project Harar provides 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 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094272)

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Championed by Ethiopiaid


  • 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 local conflict have also impacted these communities.


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.

  • I emailed Project Harar and they gave me full information how to access the service, now Moibon is treated we are swimming in an ocean of love

    — Chala, Moibon's Father

  • Moibon was born with a cleft lip and upper palate, I could not eat a meal for three days but later on I calmed down. I started to find on the internet information about cleft care in Ethiopia, after some minutes I got Project Harar. I saw lots of children treated and then I felt so happy.

    — Chala, Moibon's Father

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

    — Sifan (11 years old when she received her surgery)