Friday, July 15, 2005

Israel's Humanitarian Aid: Save a Child's Heart

The State of Israel was founded on Jewish values. "Tikkun Olam" (Repairing the World) is done on various levels by numerous organizations in Israel. Today I had the honour of meeting remarkable people working for a truly noble cause!
"Save a Child's Heart" is an Israeli organization that performs humanitarian aid around the world. Their primary goal is to perform urgently needed heart surgery on young children from developing countries, regardless of nationality, religion, color, gender or financial considerations.


Over 1300 children have been treated to date from 20 developing countries including China, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Romania, Vietnam, and the Palestinian Authority.
The operations are either conducted in Israel or abroad. When performed abroad, the Israeli doctors work together with the local staff. The organization also helps their partner countries develop their own infrastructure by bringing local doctors and nurses to Israel for training.

When in Israel, the children, accompanied by a parent, stays in the "Save a Child's Heart" home in Tel Aviv, where volunteers live with them and help them to recover and feel at ease.
It was heart-warming meeting some of the 18 Iraqi children at the home that had just undergone heart surgery at the hands of Israeli doctors. Playing with them and meeting their parents gave me hope that Israel will gradually be able to cooperate in additional fields with its Arab neighbours. Think how many more little miracles we would be able to perform together...

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