While most children living in the industrialised countries lead a safe, healthy and happy life, are well fed, looked after and sleep in their own beds, we must not close our eyes to the sad fact that millions of children in this world are alone, afraid, neglected, hungry or freezing; some suffer from injuries and others are even threatened by death, because there is no money for life-saving surgery.
Stiftung Zuversicht für Kinder has been set up in order to save children’s lives, to alleviate their pain and to improve their quality of life. It is one of the few charitable organisations in Germany that provides individual medical aid all over the world. And by doing so, it offers the only chance to many physically and mentally damaged children whom no-one else can help. Whilst the children in the industrialised world tend to be covered by health insurance and are therefore not dependent on such help, foreign children in their home countries often do not have a chance of being cured or surviving because their parents simply do not have the money for the necessary treatment, or because treatment is not possible due to a lack of medical facilities. Often it is a race against time. Therefore, we are glad that we can act swiftly and unbureaucratically – because a child in need is a child that cannot wait.
Examples of support provided:
The 10-months-old Bisrat suffered from a malignant, life-threatening eye condition - a retinoblastoma - and would have had no chance of survival without surgery. As treatment was not available in his home country, the boy was taken to Essen University Hospital where one eye was removed and where, after a successful healing period, an artificial eye was inserted. This saved the boy’s life. Today, Bisrat is a cheerful healthy boy whose artificial eye is hardly noticeable.
The four-year-old Souleymane suffered from Blount’s disease, a mal-alignment of the legs. In order to be able to walk, he desperately needed corrective surgery on his right leg followed by the use of an orthosis, which was not available in his home country. The foundation has, together with the charitable organisation “Aktion Kindertraum“, paid the costs of the treatment at the Charité Hospital in Berlin. Today, Souleymane can walk normally.
At the age of three months, Mohamadou Cheikhou Wagué from Mauretania/Africa was found to have a heart defect that was not treatable in his own country. When he was one year of age, Mohamadou could finally be successfully operated upon in Germany and can now lead a carefree normal life without taking medication.
The five-month-old Kadek from Bali/Indonesia was suffering from cavernous haemangioma, a benign vascular tumour, which would have spread across her whole body if left untreated. If the tumour had reached her throat, the baby would have died from suffocation, which meant that immediate treatment in her home country was essential. After years of treatment, which, thankfully, was assisted locally by Tom Kamm, Kadek has today changed beyond recognition.