Cleft Palate Program

Cleft Palate Program


Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua’s major emphasis is to provide free cleft palate and palate surgery to children on Bali and surrounding islands. Since Rotary Year 1994-1995 Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua (RCBND) has provided close to 2,000 cleft lip and palate operations to underprivileged children and young adults through August 2021.

RCBND began cleft lip and palate operations in 1994 and through 1998 performed just over 300 operations with its own funds. Operations were suspended in 1999 due to the Asian financial crises. Operations resumed in the year 2000 with the financial assistance of individual donors, Rector Schneider Foundation in The Netherlands and Rotary Clubs from around the world in the form of Rotary International Matching Grants and, more recently, several Rotary International Global Grants (see below).

Of course, continuing and expanding this program would not have been possible without the generosity of many individuals, Rotary Clubs and other charitable organisations. In November 2013 Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua together with Rotary Clubs Kaufbeuren-Ostallgäu (Germany), Rocky Mountain House (Canada) and Horst ann de Maas (The Netherlands) received approval for Global Grant 1416620 to continue and expand the program. This Global Grant allowed RCBND to perform some 170 cleft lip and palate operations by April 2017. Furthermore in 2014 we began a partnership with a local non-profit organization, Kolewa Foundation. This partnership has greatly expanded our reach into the community and improved our pre and post operative care.

After completion of GG 1416620 and while already applying for a second Global Grant, cleft lip and palate operations continued, co-funded by Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua and Kolewa Foundation.

In April 2018 Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua together with Rotary Club Carnegie-Collier and District 7305, Köln-Kapitol, Mülheim-Ruhr-Uhlenhorst and Kaufbeuren-Ostallgaeu (again joining with us…) received approval for a second Global Grant, No. 1864795, in the amount of USD130,906 to continue and expand the cleft lip and cleft palate program.

Specifically Global Grant No. 1864795 allowed RC Bali Nusa Dua to not only perform 222 cleft lip and palate operations in the time between June 2018 to January 2020 but also increase the scope of the project by providing pre-surgery dental care for children 5 years of age and above together with much needed aftercare of speech therapy and nutrition counselling. We know of no other Cleft Lip and Palate program in Indonesia providing such comprehensive care.

GG 1864795 was successfully completed and approved in February 2020 and by May 2020 Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua together with Rotary Club Luxembourg-Horizon and over twenty other individuals, Rotary Clubs and Districts received approval for Global Grant No. 2096241 in the amount of USD 204,797 to continue and expand even further its program..

This was quickly followed in July 2020 by a parallel Global Grant with RC Tokyo-Kojimachi and District 2580 that was approved in the amount of USD 72,523.

Together these two Grants will allow RCBND to once again expand its Cleft Lip and Palate program even further. In addition to providing another 260 or so free operations as well as dental treatment and pre and post operation care as before, RCBND will now be able to reach and help children on the more remote islands of Eastern Indonesia by covering the cost of transport from and to islands east of Bali. And to ensure medical sustainability also included is the training of two Bali based plastic surgeons at the renowned Chang Gung Craniofacial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan.

Rotary Club Bali Nusa Dua is committed to continuing to sponsor as many cleft lip and palate surgical procedures for individuals as possible. That being said, keep in mind, often a child may need as many as four operations (until his/her facial structure stops growing) to correct his/her deformity. RC Bali Nusa Dua aims to ensure that each child will be given follow-up procedures as needed. As new children to come into the program a continuous flow of funds into this program is essential. At this time the funds needed to continue the program for 100 children over a period of 12 months to is estimated at approximately USD 50,000, not including the cost of transport between Bali and other islands.

Imagine… for just US$500.00 you can change the course of a child’s life. If you would like more information on this project or information on how to make a donation please send an email to:

Last edited 26 September, 2021