2022 Map indicating where our patients are from across Ethiopia

2022 Map indicating where our patients are from across Ethiopia, our programme officers in Ethiopia ensure that all patients are provided with travel to get to hospitals in order to get the cleft surgery they desperately need. Read more

Abel's Story

When Abel's mother fell pregnant, she had to drop out of school, but she hoped that after his birth she would be able to return to pursue her dream of getting an education. However, when Abel was born with a cleft lip and palate, she realised that he would require additional care that would prevent her from returning to school. After hearing from a local doctor about Project Harar, Abel received the life-changing surgery he needed and his mother can now achieve her dream of going back to school Read more

Amen's Story

Amen came to Arba Minch General hospital to receive surgery for his cleft lip, he is four months and two weeks old and came with his mother and father. The family found out about Project Harar’s programme from Facebook, his mother told us that her “husband uses the app and he saw one of the posts on Facebook and we followed up on the date of the mission. After that we travelled here so Amen can get his surgery.” Read more

Urgent Appeal

Urgent appeal for children affected by cleft lip and palate in remote and insecure living situations. The impact of civil conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic means that we have more people than ever waiting to access our services. Read more

Breastfeeding for families with cleft lip and palate

Breastfeeding has been a mother's primary source of feeding for newborns since the earliest record of human life. It is an important factor for the health, physical development, and survival of a child. However, mothers who give birth to babies with cleft lip and palate will find it difficult to breastfeed their child - read on to find out more about how Project Harar supports breastfeeding mothers.. Read more

Project Harar provides Speech Therapy consultations for children as part of comprehensive cleft care

Project Harar, collaborating with Transforming Faces, has been at the start of speech therapy consultations in Ethiopia. In 2019 the very first cohort of medical professionals who trained and graduated to provide speech and language therapy in Ethiopia. Read more

Over 30 families access cleft treatment in Debre Tabor

Project Harar continues to provide access to treatment for children with cleft lip and palate, this time in Debre-Tabor. It is absolutely vital that we can continue to provide these services, as environmental and political issues gain momentum in Ethiopia, it is increasingly more difficult for families to seek cleft treatment. We are partnered with the Debre-Tabor Hospital, and in May we were able to treat over 30 families who came from different towns in the Amhara region. Read more

Ayana's story

At the start of May 2022, Project Harar interviewed Ayana and her mother Fatuma on their experience utilising our services. They recount Ayana's life and health prior to receiving access to surgery for cleft lip and palate, as well as nutritional treatment. To find out more about the aid Project Harar provides and gives access to, continue reading... Read more

Kassahun receives access to cleft surgery at Kadisco Hospital

During our recent programme at the Kadisco hospital in Addis Ababa, 6 month old Kassahun and his family accessed surgical treatment for his cleft lip and palate through Project Harar's services. After an 11 hour journey to the Kadisco hospital, they recount their story to our team. Read more

Local school receives a donated copy of 'Don't Ask the Dragon'

This week, we delivered a copy of 'Don't Ask the Dragon' to Fairlight primary school. This copy was donated by Projects Brighton, and fundraised as part of our current urgent appeal. Now it is a part of their school library! Read more

How the UK Government Kickstart Scheme has created mutual growth opportunities: Q&A with Rafaella

The UK Government Kickstart Scheme provided funding in 2021 and 2022 to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds, who may have been at a disadvantage due to less employment opportunities for reasons such as the Covid-19 Pandemic. Read more

Catch up with Gudina over a year after surgical treatment

We first met Gudina and his family on February of 2021, where he was finally able to access surgery for his cleft palate. Gudina was three years old. Following his surgery, delayed as a response to the impact of Covid-19, we interviewed him and his father over the phone to catch up with Gudina. Read more

Living with facial difference in Ethiopia

Why are some people in rural communities facing ostracization due to the cleft condition? Why is there a lack of education surrounding their condition, and what role does Project Harar in alleviating these problems? Read more on what it is like to live with facial difference in Ethiopia... Read more

Our collaborative training programme with Yekatit-12 Government Hospital, Ethiopia

Read about how we are using new and innovative technology to provide training around microsurgery, air-way management and other medical areas to students at Yekatit-12 Medical College, Addis Ababa Read more

Bisrat's story

When Bisrat was born with a cleft lip her parents took her to the nearest hospital, but they were told that their baby could not be treated. Now at the age of three Bisarat has received treatment for her cleft lip, now she will be able to play with other children without fear of bullying. Read more

Endale's story

Two year old Endale's mother and father travelled over an hour on foot to reach their first method of transport, It took them a further 10 hours to reach the hospital for Endale's cleft treatment. Read more

Help raise £150 in Brighton

Help raise £150. A signed copy of Lemn Sissay's new children's book, Don't Ask the Dragon, will be donated to a local primary school, in Brighton, whilst a child in Ethiopia will be able to access life changing treatment for a cleft condition. Read more

Yeneneshe's story

Meet Yeneneshe, age four and her mother Sifaan, Yeneneshe was able to access her first surgery for her cleft lip in April 2022. Read more

Brother and Sister Tigist and Adane

Brother and sister, Tigist and Adane, were born with cleft lip and palate. We met the family in March 2022, when Ten year old Tigist was having her surgery for her cleft palate and her three year old brother Adane was having his first surgery for his cleft lip in the Amhara region. Read more

In March 2022 Nyalam was finally able to reach cleft treatment for both her children

The story of one of the many displaced families living in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. In March 2022 Nyalam was finally able to reach treatment for both her son and daughter, who were born with cleft conditions. Read more

Empowering Meettii through cleft care

"The journey was difficult we had to walk for almost six hours to get transport from our village, we walked there to the near town to get a bus. This is the reality for families living in our area. But it was a journey of renewed hope it’s exciting for my daughter even though it was a long way." Read more

Supporting Ibsaa

Seven year old Ibsaa came with his grandfather from a rural area of Oromia, it took them almost a full days journey to reach Ambo city for Ibsaa's cleft treatment. Ibsaa lost his parents when he was small, his grandfather raised him. Read more

Josephine Crown appointed to UK Board of Trustees

I'm delighted to join Project Harar as a Board Member as the charity enters its 21st year. Project Harar is a charity close to my heart, I have been following its journey closely over the years with my late husband Jonathan who founded the charity in April 2001. I am inspired to join Project Harar in the next part of its journey, in its mission to help families from the most difficult to reach areas in Ethiopia reach the vital treatment they need." Read more

Meet the team: Liz

Meet Liz, our Fundraising and Administration Assistant in the UK office. Read more