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

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

Meet our new Executive Director in Ethiopia

Meet Dr. Kalkidan Esayas, new Executive Director of Project Harar in Ethiopia. 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

Jobs: Administration and Fundraising Assistant at Project Harar

We are looking for an enthusiastic and agile minded individual to join our UK team as an Administration and Fundraising Assistant via the UK Government Kickstart scheme. Based in Brighton. Read more

Cleft lip and palate in twins: Abdii's story

"Abdii has a twin sister and three older siblings, but he is the only one who was born with a cleft lip... We are so happy that he was able to get treatment, we were so worried at first that we planned to sell everything that we had — even though we didn't have much — to afford private treatment." Read more

Gammachu's story

Now that Gammachu is treated I am so happy, I cannot stop smiling. My son is one of the lucky children to have received treatment at such a young age. When he grows, he will go to school and he can achieve his dreams — feeling comfortable in how he looks. Read more

Eba's story

"I always felt sad and I really tried my best to get him help but I didn't know where to go. He has not been able to attend school — no one can understand his speech apart from me. When I heard that treatment was available and for free, I was happy beyond words. I am hopeful that now he will be able to attend school and make friends." Read more

Meet Mootii

"I was also born with cleft lip, I had surgery when I was child. I was always worried that one of my children would be born with one too... My son is a happy child now and not aware of the communities discrimination, but I know the experience — and when I heard of this opportunity I was so happy, beyond words.” Read more

From fears to assurance with provided treatments

It’s amazing to see that what I dreamed of for our child has come true. My daughter is beautiful and she was always beautiful. It made me really happy when I saw her face for the first time after the surgery. And I know when she grows up and hears the story of how she got treatment, she will feel lucky that she was to receive it at this young age. She will feel happier than me. Thank you for all you did for our daughter and our family. Read more

A message from our CEO

"I want to highlight the profound difference your support makes to the families who access our services. By helping infants access surgery for cleft lip and palate at an early age you are giving them a significantly better chance at life, enabling them to rejoin their community, to make friends — perhaps for the first time — and to go to school." Read more