Riley Noik

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I walked into the SACH house for my first shift.  Naturally I was a bit nervous and a little apprehensive. Although I was confident in my abilities to interact with children, I couldn’t help but think, “what if they don’t like me?” What if we couldn’t even…

Danielle Goss

When I made my way towards the Save a Child’s Heart house on the first day I was more than nervous. It was weird dropping myself into these people’s lives. They already had their routine and system. They knew who everyone was and had a common language. I, instead, was the outsider. I came in…

Kanchi Ganatra

My week at SaCH was fun filled and rewarding in a multitude of ways, starting from watching the kids smile and play in the early morning sunshine to the afternoon lunch chit-chat with the mums to just seriously working in the back office with Merlyn and Zach sipping on some hot coffee. I had never…

Merlyn Joseph

Hello I am Merlyn Joseph, a doctor pursuing my masters in Community Medicine from St. John’s Medical Hospital, Bangalore, India. I had been for a month to the Ben Gurion University in Israel for a short course in global health. There as part of our practicum I along with another Indian student, Kanchi, was posted…

Sean Haber

Yahya is a one and a half year-old boy from Afghanistan, born with a rare congenital heart defect (0.2/1000 live births) called “Transposition of the Great Arteries” (TGA), along with pulmonary stenosis and two septal defects. His condition was a dangerous one, and his prognosis in Afghanistan was poor – without surgery, he would die….

Leora Robinson

Before starting this internship I was told, almost warned, that this was a very unstructured program and that it was my responsibility to make the most of my time. Wolfson hospital, based in Holon is a busy hospital with doctors doing amazing life-saving work, allowing medical students to observe and learn from them. I was…

Shayna Kramer

My name is Shayna Kramer, I am currently one of the part-time volunteers here at Save a Child’s Heart. I am from Bowie, Maryland in the USA. I am a graduate from Frostburg State University where I studied Communication Studies with a minor in Health Promotion. Before coming to Israel I was a Teacher’s Aide at The Children…

Daniel Nicol

Am I Jewish? Nope. Do I speak Hebrew? Negative. Do I have family or religious ties with Israel? I don’t. Am I a medical student with an interest in heart surgery? ‘fraid not. Have I even done any fundraising for SACH in the past? … It’s a no from me. If someone were to see…

Lara Decter

The first time I walked into the SACH home, I got the chills. It was inspiring to learn about the organization’s role in bettering the healthcare of children on a global scale. Being around these children from all different countries, running around and enjoying the air of Israel melted my heart even more. SACH is…

Sarah Simons

After completing my first clinical year of medical school this summer, I volunteered for two weeks as a medical intern with Save A Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli humanitarian project based in Holon, Israel.   Encouraged by the Jewish concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world, SACH pro- vides life-saving cardiology treatment to children with limited…

Gina Walker

Hafsath and her son Arif Volunteering at SACH, you meet a variety of remarkable people: brave and bright children, talented doctors and nurses, dedicated staff, as well as courageous and independent mothers and caregivers. Children under the age of 5 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This is usually their mother, so we refer…

Alexandra Sharpe

When I first arrived at the SACH children’s home the first thing that struck me was the vibrancy and positivity of the volunteers and the children living there. From the bright pieces of artwork on the walls to the children running around outside, the home was more akin to a primary school than a home…