Salametcom (Be Healthy)
Hospitals in Israel are a meeting-place of cultures – the patients are Jewish, Arab, Ethiopian, Russian, Israeli, and Palestinian. The Arab patients, despite being 20% of the general population, are among the highest percentages of the inpatient departments. Similarly hundreds of thousands of Palestinian residents of the Palestinian Authority are hospitalized each year in various Israeli hospitals, and most of them need extended care due to the lack of appropriate treatment in the Palestinian hospitals.
Besides the pain and suffering, the Arab patients and their families have to face various bureaucratic obstacles that usually require a high level of Hebrew. These patients, and especially the children among them who require treatment in the most difficult departments such as Oncology, Cardiac, and Transplants, encounter further difficulties such as lack of information regarding their rights in their mother tongue which is an official language of the State of Israel. They also face boredom and isolation, particularly the Palestinian patients who are not allowed to leave the hospital building.
Many organizations work within the hospitals and provide welcome special services to patients.
Children have their dreams fulfilled, educational and play activities are organized, they relieve parents in watching the children, and so on. Even so, most of the organizations are not Arabic-speaking and many of the Arab patients are unable to enjoy these services.
The vision of "Salametcom" is to be the address for these patients and to provide them all of the services
that they are unable to get otherwise, to organize fun-days for children who are hospitalized for months, to visit the hundreds of patients who nobody visits for other reasons, primarily political (permits), and to organize a system of volunteers to undertake creative and play activities for the hospitalized children.
In order to realize this vision we need volunteers who are willing to offer their time and talents for visits and activities for the children. We also need donations to buy creative materials, toys, and games, and to allow us to take the children and the people with them to fun-days outside of the hospital.
Want to volunteer and make a hospitalized child happy?
Can you help us through a donation?