A Canadian volunteer’s experience with an amazing Israeli organization

Tamar Lyons, SDM Contributor

Children are the future. This is a phrase we hear on a daily basis. They are the ones who will live in the world in which we create for them. This is a fact.

Unfortunately, children in developing countries don’t have it so easy. When birth defects and medical concerns arise, these children don’t have access to the proper medical attention that they need. Statistically, congenital heart defects are responsible for more deaths in the first year of life than any other birth defect.

This is where Israel steps in to the picture. There is this incredible organization called Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) that exists solely to eradicate this statistic and save children’s lives. SACH is an international humanitarian, non-profit, charity organization based in Israel. They provide free healthcare and life-saving surgeries to children from developing countries who would not otherwise have access to these kinds of treatments.

The majority of the children that they treat are from the West Bank, Iraq, Gaza, Syria, Jordan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and many more developing countries.

On a recent trip to Israel with Hasbara Fellowships, I came to learn about this inspiring charity and got to spend time with the children that SACH helps.

The picture above shows Helena, my new friend originally from Ethiopia. Helena is one of the many children from all over the world who has benefited from SACH. SACH doesn’t care who they are or where they come from. If there is a child in need, they are here to help him or her with open arms. This is one of the many organizations that display the values, love, and cultural coexistence in the State of Israel.

8f8b5231416eedca792654cba4acd8ab  So this Valentine’s Day, don’t just go out to break some hearts…

Contribute and save a child’s heart instead.