1 in 700 children is born with a cleft lip or palate. Fewer than half of all children born with a cleft lip or palate ever attend school unless they receive medical care. This barrier is more severely felt the more severe the disability (only a quarter of children with both cleft lip and palate have been to school and many drop out). Facial disfigurements like cleft lip and palate put up even more barriers for rural girls - only 30% of whom go to school prior to surgical repair. The parents of girls most often express concerns for the economic and marriage prospects of their daughters.

Project Harar Ethiopia provides access to surgery for more than 1,000 children with cleft lip and palate condition each year. We also provide post-operative care, including speech therapy for those who need it.  

Last year we started our cleft work in the Afar region of Ethiopia. In Afar, 36.1% live below the national poverty line and the region predominantly depends on subsistence agriculture. Our programme will not only provide surgery for children with cleft but will also involve nutritional training of mothers and offer speech and language therapy. Just a simple surgery can have a huge impact on a child's prospects, helping them to achieve their potential. 

Please support us to help more children access this vital surgery.