Project Harar are an awe-inspiring charity who have provided access to treatment for more than 8,000 Ethiopian children with cleft, lip or palate and complex facial disfigurements since 2001. Their aim is to provide access to treatment for 1,000 babies and children with cleft lip or palate and 50 young patients with complex facial disfigurements each year. While these goals have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic their valued work is very much still going ahead, led by their Ethiopian team and supported remotely from the UK.
In Ethiopia, many children with facial disfigurements are ostracised by their communities and most of Project Harar's young patients are denied their right to a place in school. Just a simple operation for cleft can completely transform a life. The patients treated by this charity return to their villages empowered to take their place in the education system, grow up alongside their peers, and in time to have their own family.
Due to the stigmatization of cleft lip and other facial disfigurements in the region, those who are affected are often difficult to find. Part of Project Harar's work involves locating children in remote areas of Ethiopia who may be in need of surgery, building relationships with them and their families, and ensuring that they are able to reach a treatment facility to undergo this life-changing process.
Project Harar also offer nutritional support leading up to surgery; they cover food, medication, and accommodation costs for the patients and a guardian who travels with them; and often help the children with returning to school post-surgery, with the help of local programme officers and partner programmes.
To find out how you can get involved with Project Harar directly, please visit their website: https://www.projectharar.org/get-involved
We have been moved by the stories and real life impact of Project Harar and their commitment to improving the lives of hundreds of children. To do our bit, our staff raised over £3000 - enough to fund a cleft mission for 20 children - by the 2020 year end. Our goal for 2022 is to beat that total and surpass £5000, and we're confident we can get there with a little help!
Head to our JustGiving page at the link below to see how our campaign is going so far, or scroll down to find out what kind of fundraising ventures we will be embarking on. There will be plenty of chances to get involved in our future fundraising events; we have so far hosted quizzes, art contests, and one rather large bike ride to get the ball rolling! You can check out our upcoming events below.
DSP are hosting a variety of fundraising events, challenges, projects, and games over the next few months, with all proceeds going toward our initial goal of raising £3000 for Project Harar. Find out how you can help us, and get involved yourself, in our upcoming (socially distanced) events...
Get the kids involved with our Poster competition! We're launching an opportunity to Draw Your Best Smile. It's £2 per entry, with all the proceeds going to Project Harar, and every poster will be used on both our social media for the campaign, and placed on the Project Harar website.
You can either Draw Your Best Smile from scratch or download our 'Colouring' template and complete a colouring project instead. All entries from all age groups are welcome! To enter, please email a scan/copy of your poster to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s official, the Premier League has returned as of Saturday 12th September – and The DSP Group are running a Fantasy Premier League! The cost will be £10 per team, £5 of which will go straight to Project Harar.
Fancy yourself to be the next ‘special one’... or maybe you’ll prove to be ‘the clueless one!'. As a fantasy owner, you’re in total control and your team’s destiny is in your hands.
Select 15 players from your £100m budget, making transfers each game week or simply set and forget (if you’re confident enough!). Join our classic private league for the chance to become champion and win the bragging rights of the office!
To kick things off, we will be hosting a Zoom quiz for all the family!
We're asking for a donation of £5 per household to participate, which can be added to our JustGiving page, and of course for you to bring your best quiz team names - there will be prizes for the winner and the best team name...
Email email@example.com with your team name to sign up.
Donate your £5 here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dsp-harar
Our first team challenge will be the Travel Across Britain team challenge, in which DSP volunteers will cycle, run, or walk the combined distance from Land's End to John O'Groats over the month of August - that's 1,557km (980 miles) to travel over 31 days!
You can show your support by sharing, liking, and of course donating via our JustGiving page, either on the individual page of one of our volunteers or on the DSP team page. All the pages are linked below - and you can even keep track of how far we've cycled, ran or walked through the Strava link on the JustGiving page.
Our dedicated challenge JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/team/dsptravelacrossbritain