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…

Gabi Elias

Time. As you experience people around you who’s time runs out, you are forced to reflect on your own time. Thinking of how others maybe had too little time, or are reaching an old age, we see how fortunate we are to have time ahead of us. Maybe we have tendencies to take advantage of…

Zach Blatman

Canada My second week in the SACH house was even more enjoyable than the first, mainly because I knew everyone’s names and where all the toys/supplies were located. It was now my responsibility to welcome the new full-time volunteer, Sophie, with warmth and enthusiasm. Sophie had the difficult task of following in Rachael’s footsteps, but…

Zane Brickman

“He who saves a life, saves a whole world.” – The Talmud. When I arrived at the Wolfson Medical Center for my first day of my medical internship with Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), I immediately noticed the sign outside of the pediatric ICU with this quote on it and it resonated with me throughout…

Meghan Colpas

Other than cardiac and rheumatic heart disease, many of the children and mothers at the SACH house struggle with homesickness. The older children in particular grow tired of puzzles and crafts, and they miss their families, their friends, and their freedom. Last Wednesday, the teenagers in the house were uninterested in joining in any activities,…

Leora Lieberman

Hamza is a 3-year-old male from Gambia who presents in clinic today with a congenital heart defect, a Ventricular Septal Defect, resulting in a Left to Right shunt. He is currently on Capoten, an ACE inhibitor, and Fusid, a loop diuretic. His general appearance is well, and he appears to be in no apparent distress….

Lindsey Stone

When I was a little girl my parents taught me the importance of helping others. I always had the need to do something for others and make a difference in the world. This year in February I was trying to think of something that my organization on campus, Christians United for Israel could do. I…

Ethiopia Medical Mission July 2016

Rachel Werner- Save a Child’s Heart Child Life Specialist July 10 We found out on the way to the clinic at 5:00pm, that it was a clinic day of follow ups. I wasn’t expecting to see children that I know and also those that I have read about and heard endearing stories of on the…

Rachael Wolfe

As I left the SACH house today it was a bittersweet goodbye.  I knew my time had ended but saying goodbye to the kids was emotional.  The relationships and connections that I have formed is beyond surreal and indescribable.  The blessing of having some of the moms invite me to their countries to come visit,…

Zach Blatman

I was initially hesitant to start volunteering with Save a Child’s Heart. What if the children and parents won’t understand me? What if the children don’t like me, or find me fun? What if I don’t connect with the rest of the staff and volunteers? All of my concerns subsided upon arriving at the Children’s…

Meghan Colpas

The pediatric unit of Wolfson Medical Center serves a unique purpose and population: children from around the world in need of life-saving heart surgery through Save a Child’s Heart. In one hospital room, there can be a Palestinian baby, a young girl from Gambia, a teenage boy from Tanzania, and a toddler from Romania. Their…

Boris Lemor

Oh Zinet! It’s 8:30 am; I’m waiting for the bus. Today is my first day with the kids at the hospital. Today, I get to see a completely different side of the story. We are away from the SACH house; there are no puzzles, beading, art crafting, music. There is no play… It is Echo…