Our project will provide vital life-changing treatment for children born with a cleft lip and palate in the poorest and most remote areas of Ethiopia. The programme will provide access to surgery, nutritional support and speech and language therapy for some of the most marginalised children.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094272)
“Yesterday you saw me with my daughter, she has now been treated, now she can eat properly and go back to school. I am so happy. I am speechless, I say nothing because I am so happy. You have changed my daughter, I am crying because I am so happy, thank you so much.”
When my eldest son was born with a cleft lip and palate, my wife and I realized that we were extremely privileged to have access for free and for a life time, to first class treatment, but around the world this is simply not the case. This is why charities like Project Harar are so important.
Children born with a cleft lip and palate in the poorest and most remote areas of Ethiopia cannot access treatment for a cleft lip and palate, due to geographical and financial constraints. They will face physical developmental challenges, such as difficulties speaking and feeding, the latter can lead to malnutrition. These physical challenges are combined with social disadvantage. A cleft is a huge stigma in rural Ethiopia. Children often do not attend school or will have to have to drop out.
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 - some for the first time. We train health workers to change the negative community perceptions of cleft to help children reintegrate socially and attend school.
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