Clefts are a major problem in developing countries, where millions of children suffer from unoperated clefts. Most of them cannot eat or speak properly and live in shame and isolation.

The mission of the Cleft Surgery Organisation is to offer these children a chance to have a normal life by performing cleft operations free of charge.

The Cleft Surgery Organisation is an initiative of Dr Bart van de Ven. He and his volunteering colleagues from Belgium and The Netherlands organise missions to developing countries in order to perform and teach operations on behalf of these children. The all inclusive cost of one surgery is around €150,-.