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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Heart & Circulatory System Diseases & Disorders, Pediatrics, Surgical Specialties

Mission: We envision a world where every child has access to state-of-the-art, modern cardiac surgery regardless of the accident of country of birth or family circumstance. We believe that care and training at a local level will lead to local autonomy and have a lasting impact on the communities we serve. Performing surgery in a child's own environment, culture, and language, with his or her family nearby, is the most progressive and cost-effective way to cure these children. Where needed, we build a new, modern hospital to ensure sustainability.

Results: We have built a new Pediatric Heart Center in Managua, Nicaragua, adjacent to La Mascota Children's Hospital. Today, with a capable trained staff, the hospital is growing into serving the surgical and diagnostic needs of Nicaragua's children at no cost to the families. Since its opening in 2013, the hospital has provided operations to over 750 children. Our volunteer surgical/training teams continue regular visits to continue professional development of the local team. In Costa Rica, we are beginning Phase 2 of a 3-phase plan toward establishment of a strong cardiac department at the National Hospital in San Jose. Phase 1 saw the set-up of workable administrative structure; Phase 2 will see intensive training of the medical staff in provision of the highest quality care; and Phase 3 will fine-tune the training as well as implement telemedicine capabilities in the region.

Target demographics: the poorest children in countries where the need is greatest

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 infants and children

Geographic areas served: Latin America

Programs: critically needed pediatric surgical interventions to cure congenital and acquired heart diseases in infants and children

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently worked with Surgeons of Hope on a mission in Managua, Nicaragua at the Heart Center at La Mascota Hospital. As other reviewers have described, the work done by SoH in Managua is like no other. The Heart Center team La Mascota Hospital provides expert care to children in the region at all times. SoH has helped develop and build this program to be self-sufficient and proficient in their care of children with heart disease. Though many medical missions arrive to care for a limited number of children in a short period of time, SoH aims to train the local professionals and develop the local program to continue to operate and care for children even after the SoH team leaves the location. My role in the most-recent mission was that of physician consultant to the local team. The local Heart Center team at La Mascota was so skilled after years of support from Surgeons of Hope that my role was merely supportive to the local team, rather than providing direct patient care. Surgeons of Hope has trained the local team in Managua to act at a high level of proficiency in an arena of children's medical and surgical care that is even difficult to achieve at many institutions in the US.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as a physician volunteer for SOH in Mozambique, Senegal and Nicaragua. This is an excellent organization which is changing many lives; patients, families and local healthcare professionals. Their philosophy of long term commitment to communities is essential. I have witnessed the program in Nicaragua go from dependence to almost complete independence in a very short time. SOH built, equipped and trained staff for an amazing Heart Center in Nicaragua. Many children have now had their heart surgery there and have been able to become healthy young members of their families! Importantly SOH continues to train local healthcare professionals, and support them so the program is self sustaining. SOH is a great non-profit with an excellent philosophy to help children with congenital heart disease throughout the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered on multiple trips with SOH to Managua, Nicaragua. What they have accomplished over the years there is truly amazing. They have built a wonderful cardiac facility, trained local staff, and improved countless lives. Its been an honor to be a part of SOH's endeavor's to improve the lives of children.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

After having worked at SoH a few years ago, I can honestly say I am amazed at the way this organization is sustaining and growing momentum. Year after year they continue to bring more and more help and equipment to children and their families in impoverished latin american countries.

This organization has a direct impact on lives saved that would otherwise have no hope. Their role of education, generosity and professionalism should serve as an example to how non-profits can create positive change in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

SOH is a one of a kind non profit organization. Members work relentlessly to help the children of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and will soon be adding other Latin-American countries. I am honored to help this group. Thank you for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Surgeons of Hope is a great charitable foundation, they support cardiac surgery in disadvantaged countries such as Nicaragua where they support multiple pediatric cardiac surgical procedures every year. This is a very dedicated group with compassionate volunteers and staff who go above and beyond in providing cardiac care to populations in need.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SOH is creating a footprint in the world of humanitarian initiatives as it strives to promote the development of self-sustainable programs for the prevention and management of congenital and acquired cardiac disease in children born in Low Income countries. The current concepts of humanitarian collaboration should focus on the "leave something behind" principles, but also advocate for two other vital premises: 1. indigent children deserve "first world quality of health care", rather than just "health care", and 2. collaboration matters. Indeed, the ultimate goal of SOH is to support the growth of a regional collaboration under the umbrella of an efficient Regional Network of Pediatric Cardiac Care. Together, hand-by-hand with our supporters and with other Non-Governmental Organizations, we can make a difference and leave a never ending legacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Surgeons of Hope saves and helps thousands of children to heal and to live like other children in developed countries do.

Thanks to the commitment and the dedication of this nonprofit organization, countless families have the chance to share daily life with their children and to help them pursue their dreams. It is a new beginning for those innocent lives that are thankful to both the local staff in Central America and the Surgeons of Hope team.

This outstanding organization deserves to grow in order to save more and more lives, and to contribute to a better world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Surgeons of Hope brings first class surgical treatment to poor children with heart disease. The most important aspect of SoH's mission is that they not only cure children to offer them a normal life, but they bring the capabilities to local physicians and nurses so they can multiply the impact of their actions.
A great organisation!
JP Altier

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Surgeons of Hope is on a great dynamic! The Foundation is never afraid to launch ambitious and successful projects saving more and more children each year. Giving to this charity is helping the most vulnerable communities across Latin America. With Surgeons of hope you can be sure that your gift will yield great results!