My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc, St. Louis, MO, USA
I volunteered to distribute photo arts donated by this group to hospitals in Ankara - Turkey. The Foundation mailed through the UPS some (36 framed 53X72 cm) photographs that I chose from their website to my home address at no cost to me and here is the list of hospitals that I distributed the photos: The first hospital that I gave some photos was dedicated to rehabilitation of soldiers who lost basic body parts to mine explosives or deliberate gunshot. These young men are locked inside their wheelchairs; they lost their future and their numbers reach to thousands. There were also some patients who walked around with white canes. They could not see the photographs, but must have heard the cheerful voices of other youngsters around them. Just like thousands of other civilian day patients, I go to this hospital from time to time for physiotherapy treatment on my aging knees. The next hospital that I donated some of these photos was the Oncology Hospital in Demetevler district of Ankara. They hang these photos to the large saloon where hundreds of patients receive treatment each day. Since many patients came from nearby villages, they spend with their care givers long hours at the very large waiting room, so I donated a second batch for that room - mostly farm and nature scene photos. The children’s ward of the Social Security Hospital received my next batch of photo donation. They had recently renovated the building, so they cheerfully hang the photos on the freshly painted walls. I also gave another batch to their old age section. I gave another batch to the cancer floor at the women’s ward of Ankara University Hospital. While I was inspecting the walls suitable for the photos, a young new patient arrived to check into her room carrying a small suitcase. I cannot explain the feeling I had, during the nice conversation I had with her. The whole experience was therapeutic for me too – a mother trying to overcome the loss of her young daughter.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
very understanding gentle people of different cultural backgrounds. They aim to make patients feel good and full of hope which is 90% of the cure.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Fatma, thank you for your detailed account of your experience as a volunteer. I hope we can send more photos to your country in the near future. And thanks again, for the donated photos of your precious daughter... Best, Elaine