Foto Friday – Save A Child’s Heart
Over the years, ISRAEL21c has written many times about Save A Child’s Heart (SACH). But quite honestly, there can never be enough mentions of this amazing Israel-based international humanitarian project, whose mission is to improve the quality of pediatric cardiac care for children from developing countries suffering from heart disease and to create centers of competence in those countries.
To date, SACH has treated more than 2,900 children suffering from congenital and rheumatic heart disease, aged 0 to 18 years of age — most recently one and a half year-old Clairia Irangabiye of Burundi, the 43rd country on the SACH roster.
SACH patients are brought to Israel to be treated at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. Approximately 50% of the children are from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Iraq and Morocco; more than 30% are from Africa; and the remaining are from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas.
Most patients have their medical costs covered by SACH and its partners, from the moment the child comes into care and until they have fully recovered – even if they require a lifetime of check-ups.
A few years ago, SACH initiated a follow-up project, to contact their former patients and get updated on their current health and life.
Yared Worde of Ethiopia, whose life was saved by SACH in 1999, is today principle of the School of Saint Yared in Addis Ababa, which fights poverty through education of 100 of the city’s poorest and under-privileged children.
SACH has also been aided by volunteer photographers including Eli Gross, who curated From Art to Heart, a traveling exhibition that fosters awareness of the program and raises funds around the world.