The Yemin Saad Association has close to 300 volunteers, and carries out a variety of activities throughout the year, including vacations and fun days for sick children and their families, flights over Israel, fulfillment of wishes and requests, and even meetings between children and celebrities.
A campaign to provide laptop computers for pediatric patients in the Joan & Sanford Weill Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital recently took place. The purchase of the computers was partially funded by ASUS Israel, importers of the ASUS brand, and were distributed by volunteers from the Yemin Saad Association to help children and their families reduce the learning gap created by hospitalization and disconnection from the frontal learning framework. The children also use the computers to help pass the many hours and days of hospitalization in a more enjoyable way, enabling them to cope with their illnesses better. In addition, laptop computers were also distributed to several women who are hospitalized in the Mrs. Edith and Professor Dov Katz Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit.
Yaakov Adler, CEO of the association, expands on this matter: "The Yemin Saad Association, which was established in 2002, reaches out to thousands of pediatric and adult patients – members of all religions, sectors and communities, assisting them with medical equipment, counseling and guidance. When it comes to the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at Rambam Health Care Campus, the association decided to adopt the young patients hospitalized in the division, and chose to donate laptops to these children and their families.
Alongside this, the association has also distributed laptops to women who are hospitalized in the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit and are under observation due to high-risk pregnancies. More than 100 computers have already been donated, guaranteeing patients a connection to the outside world. It is our way of embracing these patients, an embrace given with love and devotion without any distinctions for religion, gender, ethnicity, and race.”
Pictured: Young Ahmed from the village of Salameh in the Western Galilee, receives a laptop from Yaakov Adler, CEO of the Yemin Saad Association, a few days before his sixth birthday, which will be marked next month.
Photography: Rambam HCC; Background image: Courtesy of Marvin Meyer on Unsplash.