Blogging from Abroad: Home is Where the Hearts ArePosted: July 12, 2011
I first learned about SACH while on a trip to Israel during my freshman year of college. I returned last year as a part-time volunteer in the recovery home and at the hospital. I spent 3 months bonding with the kids (too many to count) and watching them make full recoveries from heart surgery that literally saved their lives. Here are some pictures from last summer:
The Climb Your Heart Out campaign is in honor of SACH’s late founder, Dr. Ami Cohen, and to return to the place where it all began. Climbers from around the globe will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The goal is to raise $1 million that will go to saving the lives of 100 African children (it costs $10,000 to save the life of one child). Right before the climb, a team of doctors from SACH will hold a teaching mission and perform heart surgery on ten children. Cool right? Part of me wishes that I was climbing with them (even though I can barely handle Pittsburgh’s hills).
This is my fourth week interning at SACH. It has been challenging since a lot of it involves computer programs I’ve never worked with before, LOTS of excel sheets, and using social media tools in a professional context. I’m not naturally a business casual person but I’m starting to get the hang of it. All this hard work has made it especially gratifying to see SACH slowly get closer to $1 million. Since I’ve been here, the amount raised has increased from about $180,000 to over $330,000! But the best part so far was getting to meet baby Nuru who arrived from Ghana last week while I was at work:
Susanna, Intern Abroad