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International Hospital For Children
July 28, 2009

The International Hospital for Children is a well-run, efficient organization that makes a tangible difference in children’s lives on a daily basis. The organization’s aims are two-fold. IHC brings children to Richmond for critical care treatment that they cannot receive in their home country due to economic or technological reasons. IHC staff and volunteers also spend a lot of time with the families, working hard to ensure their comfort and security in the new environment and also to provide activities for the children in their free time. Last week, for example, the families in Richmond were able to enjoy a soccer game hosting the Richmond Kickers against the Guatemalan national champions. In addition to bringing children to Richmond, IHC sends a number of specialized mission trips each year to six nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. On these surgical mission trips, doctors collaborate with local surgeons and facilities, thus raising the level of health care in hospitals and local communities. With the help of partner NGOs in the region and clinics operated during the surgical mission trips, children in need of more critical care are identified to come to Richmond. As an intern at IHC, I have seen the staff’s dedication and steadfast pursuit of these goals, and am confident that IHC will not only make a difference in hundreds of children’s lives in the near future, but will continue to do so for many years to come.

The Great!

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

the smiles on children's faces; the displays of sincere gratitude and appreciation the families in Richmond express on a daily basis.

Ways to make it better...

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

strive to continue the immense progress that has been made with the current leadership.

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

being able to witness firsthand the significant improvements in children's health coupled with background knowledge of the organization and the behind-the-scenes work it does to be able to bring children to Richmond and send surgical mission teams.

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

extremely dedicated and enthusiastic about the organization.

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

expand the scope of its programs in Richmond and abroad; reach out to improve the lives of even more children!

Ways to make it better...

I were able to work more hours!

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

financial. IHC is only able to reach out to as many children as it does with the generous assistance of donors and sponsors, and this help is essential for IHC to continue to improve children's lives into the future.

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

the bastion for IHC's success comes from the extreme dedication and sedulous work of the staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Intern. I spent time in the office as well as with the families in Richmond for critical care treatment.