Sponsor a child and give healing. Your donation saves lives.
Become a benefactor - take responsibility for a child with a congenital birth defect!

Being human means feeling responsibility. Living in freedom means showing responsibility.

Dr. Theresa Harbauer - Pediatrician and Founder of Haydom-Friends

In 2009 I left home as a pediatrician to bring medical help and new hope to the youngest patients in one of the most rural and poorest regions of Tanzania, who have no one else to ask for it.

It is my personal passion to help and to heal in order to ensure the medical care and development of the smallest ones. Most of us live in peace and prosperity, medically secured. This means that each of us has a responsibility to help those who urgently need our support. We should not help out of pity, but because we have a choice, we can afford it and we should be aware of our responsibility in this world.

I invite you to become part of our team with your ideas and suggestions for solutions.

Our Impacts in Numbers

Although it is only a small contribution, we are proud that we make a difference.


Medical Equipments

Building Capacity – helping to develop and strengthen local strategies to improve medical care.


Children Operated Successfully

Achieving sustainable follow up care through a dedicated team.


Voluntary Helpers

Support and be part of a change.

Our Activities

We are moving mountains to achieve our goal – Survival, medical and sustainable life long follow up care for kids with congenital malformations in Haydom.

Medical Training
Training medical staff and strengthening local skills to detect kids that need further medical care and attention.
Helping children with handycap to grow up accepted and loved.
Train The Trainers
Training and empowering medical personel to become experts and trainers themselves.
Caring & Loving
Helping children with handycap to grow up accepted and loved.
Team Work
We believe that working in a team is important to exchange experience and knowledge on both sides.
Education through mobility
Using local materials in cooperation with local manufacturers, to produce wheelchairs and mobility aids for self-determined development.
Call To Action
Empowering local engagement to safe lifes of kids with handycap and congenital malformations.
Giving Love And Appreciation
Treating everybody without prejudice. Believing that our work can help to make the very first steps and to cross bounderies.
Providing basic life safing equipment that is environmentally appropriate and can be used by everybody.
School Education
Ensuring and financing a subsequent school visit after medical progress..
Cooperation And Partnering
Learning from each other and joining forces through networking.
Barriers only exist in our minds, the smile of a child does not need to be translated and can be understood internationally.

Our Team in Germany

We fight to alleviate child suffering in the face of medical emergencies, to bring hope for a dignified life with and after a successful initial treatment by mobilising the forces of volunteers and donors.

Our program is designed to help identify the most vulnerable children in the communities, provide early treatment, and develop further care plans for them.

We believe it is our duty to focus attention on this disease and educate so that it can be helped quickly and effectively by early detection or avoided by early prevention. Working together with partners worldwide, volunteers and donors we can set a big milestone towards helping children survive that are born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

Theresa Harbauer

Chairman and Founder

She is passionate about supporting the project in any way she can.

Katharina Müller-Msuya

Public Relations & Marketing

Be brave and take risks, nothing can replace experience.

Franziska Ott

Continence Trainer and Program Coordinator

It is not enough to know you have to apply, it is not enough to want you have to do too.

Maria Harbauer

Treasurer and Accounting

The crooked tree lives its life - the straight tree becomes a bed.

Sarah X. Robin

Creative Director

Be stronger than your strongest excuse!

Beate & Norbert Harbauer

Mailings and Shipping

A good person is someone who does good even when nobody is looking.

Change Lives with Your Gift

A donation to Haydom-Friends can help us to provide more children with birth defects with a vital therapy and ensure their long-term survival. Become a feel-good perpetrator with your donation, choose your responsibility for a child with a birth defect to give survival. We will keep you informed about the impact of your donation.

Our Program

Our program is to improve the medical care of children admitted to Haydom Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania.

Medical Education

Emphasising the need to bring children to the hospital early, rather than letting their conditions develop to dangerous states

Medical Equipment

Bronchoscope, Monitors, Ultrasound machine, Bubble-CPAP, Wheelchairs,
Mobility devices

Cost Coverage

Covering surgical costs for children with congenital malformation providing health insurance cards