Project information

Rebuilding Faces, Changing Lives

Project Harar enables children and young people with facial disabilities in rural Ethiopia to access life-changing treatment. Our dedicated outreach team covers an area half the size of France to find children with facial disabilities, inform them of the treatment available, and help them reach it.

December 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: Project Harar

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  • Need


    One in every 600 children are born with a cleft condition, 54% are stunted & many others are affected by burns, tumours, animal attack and noma - a devastating facial infection.

    Communities often reject children with facial disabilities, denying them the right to education or abandoning them to become street children.

    Treatment is available in few hospitals. But the cost for a young patient to travel from isolated regions to hospital is equivalent to a family's entire annual income.


    We will help children and young people to access free life-changing surgery at a cost of £250 a patient. We act as a bridge between the poorest communities and good hospitals, by:

    - Finding patients who need our help, working with families and local health & social workers
    - Arranging transport & accommodation
    - Providing medicine, scans & tests
    - Providing follow-up care after the operation.

    We work all year round in Ethiopia, helping anyone with a facial disability.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To give health and new prospects in life to 640 rural children with facial disabilities in 2016


    » • An outreach programme across eastern Ethiopia, liaising with community leaders and health officials to raise awareness of the treatment available
    » • Transport for patients from their community to Addis Ababa, accompanied by a parent-guardian
    » • Accommodation for patients and their guardians during their stay in the capital
    » • Secondary and complex treatment when required.

    640 or more children and young people return home to their families following successful reconstructive and rehabilitative care. This is life-changing.

  • Impact


    Treatment has a transformative effect on patients, and their family. nly half of children with a cleft lip go to school before treatment; afterwards, this rises to 85%. Treatment prevents bullying at home and helps children to lead a full life within their community. The treatment of facial conditions helps to create an inclusive society, reduces stigma and enables children to integrate back into education and local communities.


    Outreach and logistical operations are challenging in remote areas lacking infrastructure. Over-lapping lines of communications are maintained (ie, if email fails, fax is used with post, plus land-lines, mobiles). Medical care always carries a degree of risk. We mitigate this by working with well-qualified, trusted surgeons operating in their field of expertise. Risks are communicated clearly to families by medics and staff and informed consent is a prerequisite of all treatment.


    Donors will receive a bimonthly e-newsletter, containing latest news and updates on our work & donor report.

    We regularly publish longer stories on our website and facebook page, and an annual report available on our website or the CC.

    Donors are always welcome to contact us with questions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £160,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £49,500 Transport Costs Including vehicle hire, minibus hire and fuel for 600 patients+guardians
      £39,300 Accommodation costs Accommodation in Harar and at hospital for 600 patients + guardians
      £42,000 Food costs Food costs for 600 patients + guardians
      £11,400 Salary costs Ethiopian staff salaries
      £17,800 Hospital costs Medical and hospital registration, telephone, fax, post, reporting

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Jonathan Crown £40,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based in the Hararghe region, Jijiga in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. We have a coordinating office in Addis Ababa. We have permission to work throughout the Oromia region, an area half the size of France. Our patients are treated in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Our work is also in the southern region of Ethiopia. We do not turn away any child or young person requiring support - so some of our patients come from across Ethiopia.


    Very poor communities in rural and remote areas of eastern Ethiopia, 500km from the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

    Subsistence farmers in area prone to food insecurity & erratic rains

    Relatively harmonious multi-ethnic population, both Christian & Muslim, comprising Oromo, Somali, Amhara, Gurage, Tigray & others

    Ethiopia is 171st poorest out of 182 on the Human Development Index (UNDP).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Project Harar has thirteen years experience helping children with facial disabilities in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas of Ethiopia. We work all-year-round helping people with face & neck injuries, illnesses & disabilities

    In that time we have helped over 3500 people access urgently needed treatment. Our ground-breaking research project last year gave us the evidence we need to scale up our services and ensure that we're reaching all who need treatment.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jonathan Crown

    Jonathan founded Project Harar twelve years ago, and has devoted himself to helping young people reach treatment for facial disabilities.

    Aynalem Tefera

    Aynalem is the Country Director for Ethiopia and is responsible for the delivery of projects in Ethiopia.

    Imaya Ephraim

    To lead the UK and Ethiopian based staff to ensure that 640 patients from poor rural communities are given treatment for severe facial disfigurementsd

2.5 year old Khalid had a large lump since birth

2.5 year old Khalid had a large lump since birth


will pay for treatment for one patient.

I have never known loneliness to be this palpable; an electromagnetic field all around each child. And it is this that haunts me still.

Sir John Hurt, Patron