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A heartbeat of hope for 25 years and counting.

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CELEBRATING
25 years of HOPE

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celebrating 25

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For 25 years, a global network of doctors, family members, volunteers, and supporters of Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) have helped us bring lifesaving cardiac care to children in need around the world.

100+
Missions
62
Countries
135+
Medical Trainees
5800+
Children Saved
9500+
Children Examined
100+
Missions
62
Countries
135+
Medical Trainees
5800+
Children Saved
9500+
Children Examined
5700+
CHILDREN SAVED
1995
Our founder, Dr. Ami Cohen, operates on the very first child brought to Israel from Ethiopia.
1996
The first Palestinian child is operated on by Save a Child's Heart in Israel. 20-30 Palestinian children begin to arrive weekly for our free cardiac clinic.
2004
The “Heart of the Matter” program is launched with the EU to promote Israeli and Palestinian Authority/Gaza cooperation.
2012
Save a Child's Heart opens the Legacy Heritage Children's Home in Holon, expanding our capacity to house more mothers and children with 60 beds.
2018
Save a Child's Heart becomes the first Israeli organization in history to receive the UN Population Award.
2019
Save a Child's Heart treats our 5000th child, Fatma. Fatma is the daughter of Balkis, a former SACH patient who was treated in Israel more than 20 years ago.
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The faces of hope at the heart of Save a Child’s Heart. 

Check out our stories of hope from past patients, and where they are today.

The journey to a new heart
is a journey of courage.

PROviding

ACCESS

Worldwide, 1 in 100 will be born with a congenital heart defect. For those born in countries with limited or no pediatric heart care facilities or experts, a heart defect can be a death sentence. To Save a Child’s Heart, this is unacceptable.

Taking

ACTION

We bring these children to Israel for heart surgery, giving them a chance at a healthy life. Over half the children we treat are from the Palestinian Authority and Gaza. Doctors from Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel conduct the surgeries, volunteering their time. 

Nurturing

HEALING

After treatment, children spend time at the Children’s Home of Israel where they heal and recover alongside other children, families, and volunteers from around the world. Here, they can run and play as they build strength for the return home.

Cultivating

RESILIENCE

After recovering, children return to their families in the cities and villages they came from. Children who once struggled to play and breathe can now run free and grow up to pursue their dreams. They will always be part of the Save a Child’s Heart community.

Ionut
HANNA
ARENA
SHAIDA
LISA
DIANA
Avita
Arielle
HAMZA
Jowin
Yahya
Omer
MAHIR
LEMOS
CLAIRIA
Ionut
HANNA
ARENA
SHAIDA
LISA
DIANA
Avita
Arielle
HAMZA
Jowin
Yahya
Omer
MAHIR
LEMOS
CLAIRIA
Ionut
HANNA
ARENA
SHAIDA
LISA
DIANA
Avita
Arielle
HAMZA
Jowin
Yahya
Omer
MAHIR
LEMOS
CLAIRIA
Ionut
HANNA
ARENA
SHAIDA
LISA
DIANA
Avita
Arielle
HAMZA
Jowin
Yahya
Omer
MAHIR
LEMOS
CLAIRIA

Saving lives for 25 years. Since the first children treated from Ethiopia in 1995 to the most recent children treated from Kosovo in 2021, we haven't stopped.

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Ethiopia
Equatorial Guinea
Angola
East Timor
Haiti
Indonesia
Dominican Republic
Ivory Coast
Togo
West Bank
ROMANIA
Zanzibar
Senegal
Ethiopia
Kosovo
CONGO
Equatorial Guinea
Angola
East Timor
Haiti
Indonesia
Dominican Republic
Ivory Coast
Togo
West Bank
ROMANIA
Zanzibar
Senegal
Ethiopia
Kosovo
CONGO
Equatorial Guinea
Angola
Haiti
Indonesia
Ivory Coast
Togo
West Bank
ROMANIA
Zanzibar
Senegal
Kosovo
Ethiopia
CONGO
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Equatorial Guinea
Angola
Haiti
Indonesia
Ivory Coast
Togo
West Bank
ROMANIA
Zanzibar
Senegal
Kosovo
Ethiopia
CONGO
Dominican Republic
East Timor

Together we can build a future where all children born with heart defects have a chance at a healthy life.

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giving families hope and a chance
at a healthy life since 1995

OUR

Founding

Save a Child's Heart exists today because of the vision and passion of our founder, Dr. Ami Cohen. Our journey began in 1995 when Ami brought Ethiopian children in need of life-saving heart care to Israel.

Expanding

Access

Our dream expanded. Not only did we begin bringing life-saving heart care to children in need, becoming the world’s largest foundation for providing heart procedures to children from countries with little or no access to care, but we've trained medical professionals worldwide to raise the level of international pediatric cardiac care.

Growing our

Mission

We're not done. Our dream continues with the opening of the Sylvan Adams Children’s Hospital and the Save a Child’s Heart International Pediatric Cardiac Center in Israel this year.