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About Us: International Locations

Canada

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Project Sunshine Canada serves children at ten facilities in Toronto and beyond, including The Hospital for Sick Children, Mt. Sinai Hospital, North York General Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Southlake Regional Health Centre and more. Programs include arts & crafts, Parent Wellness, Book Buddies and special events.

Project Sunshine Canada’s Young Patrons’ Circle is comprised of 21 dynamic and dedicated young professionals from in and around Toronto. They share a similar passion for the important work of Project Sunshine in providing ongoing support to children facing medical challenges and their families. Learn more about the Young Patrons' Circle here.

For more information on Project Sunshine Canada, please contact canadainfo@projectsunshine.org.

 

China

 

Project Sunshine launched its international program in China in February 2008.  In an effort to serve a diverse group of children, Project Sunshine China provides free recreational, educational and social programming in six local medical facilities including Peking University’s Sixth Hospital; Xiehe Hospital; Qirui Rehabilitation Center; Peking University Women and Children’s Hospital; Anzhen Hospital; and Beijing Morning Glory Rehabilitation Hospital. The program benefits over 400 children and family members every month in Beijing.

Our volunteers are students from China Women’s University, Beijing 101 Middle School and young professionals from local Beijing companies and organizations. 

Through interactive games, arts and crafts activities, nutritional cooking, and educational reading, Project Sunshine not only brings cutting-edge programs, but also pioneers a new approach within the traditional pediatric setting of China, where the overwhelming attention is paid to the medical treatment and the children’s emotional and social needs are often overlooked.

For more information on Project Sunshine China please contact Jing@projectsunshine.org.

Israel

Since 2008, 70 volunteers with Project Sunshine Israel have provided weekly programming at Schneider Children´s Medical Center in Petach Tikvah and monthly events at Meir Hospital in K´far Saba to over 670 children and 115 family members.

"The goal of the project is to give the hospitalized children the opportunity to play and be children, and forget if only for a few hours, about their daily hospital routine. I can say it felt amazing! I felt huge satisfaction being there, for a few hours, putting my daily routine aside and giving from myself."
– Yuval Passov, Chapter Leader & Board Member

For more information on Project Sunshine Israel, please contact Ariela@projectsunshine.org or Caitlin@projectsunshine.org.   

Kenya

In January 2006, Project Sunshine Kenya was created as a pilot program to address the international issues of access to medical care, stigmas associated with HIV/AIDS and social support. In conjunction with New York University´s Center for AIDS Research, Project Sunshine Kenya now serves over 1,000 children and families living with HIV/AIDS in Mombasa, Kenya.

Project Sunshine´s volunteers come from Bomu Medical Center´s Post–Test Club, a group of community leaders who have tested positive for HIV/AIDS and publicly expose their status as a way of raising awareness of practicing safe behavior and getting tested for HIV. The volunteers enable Project Sunshine to provide programs for Kenyans delivered by Kenyans and are the heart of this volunteer effort.

According to a nurse at Bomu Medical Center, "Project Sunshine´s programs are an essential part of the HIV treatment and therapy at Bomu. Families turn to Project Sunshine just as they turn to medical treatment – they can´t have one without the other."

For more information on Project Sunshine Kenya, please contact Kate@projectsunshine.org.