On March 24, the Israeli based non-profit Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) hosted a fundraiser at the Embassy of Ethiopia. The gala featured networking, traditional Ethiopian food, and comments by Ambassador Girma Birru Geda, Special Envoy, Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United States of America.
The young leadership volunteers of SACH echoed the theme of the night — Tikkun Olam – as they spoke with guests. Their efforts and all revenue supported one of the largest undertakings in the world that provides urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for indigent children from developing countries. A coffee table book was provided to dignitaries in the room with the photos of all of the children they have saved.
We’ve all heard the mitzvah that saving a single life is like saving an entire world. While looking at the smiles of these children and their families projected on a large screen, attendees felt the repairing of the world personified.
About 18 months ago, while in Israel, I visited an Ethiopian Absorption Center and a PACT (Parents and Children Together) School in Afula. There, I had my first experience with Jewish Ethiopians. A friend joined me last night. She just spent six months in Gedera, Israel, at one of these Absorption Centers. We both were moved by the event and would encourage you all to learn more about Save A Child’s Heart.