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International Hospital For Children
July 24, 2009

The famous lines of Margaret Mead- “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has”- are often quoted to inspire individuals to work for the betterment of society. Never, however, have I observed such strong evidence of the veracity of this quotation as in the International Hospital for Children. The professional staff of ten, with the help of volunteers, is able to coordinate hundreds of life altering surgeries for disadvantaged children in the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Additionally, IHC works to build sustainable programs within these regions, giving countries the infrastructure necessary to meet the health care needs of their populations independently. I have personally witnessed these changes while serving as an intern at IHC. I have taken patients to their surgeries in Richmond and watched, as they have evolved from shy children to gregarious and friendly young people with a brand new outlook on life. IHC gives these children a chance at a normal life, something they could only dream of before. In furthering the mission of providing all children across the globe with access to critical health care, IHC serves as a testament to the fact that a small, motivated group of people can initiate big changes in the world.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on the faces of the families and the children, receiving care in Richmond.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do exactly what's already being done.

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

witnessing the concrete effects of the office's work on the lives of the children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

motivated, kind, dedicated, and truly determined to make a difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help thousands more children and expand programs to other countries.

Ways to make it better...

I had more opportunities to interact with the children before they returned home.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the funds necessary to achieve goals and expand programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a wonderful organization that fulfills an often overlooked set of needs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I served as an intern for IHC, helping families in Richmond and completing administrative tasks.