A Global Community
Improving the lives of children and caregivers facing medical challenges
Project Sunshine serves children around the world through a network of hubs in different nations of the world. Headquartered in New York City, Project Sunshine operates in locations throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Kenya. These locations mobilize volunteers who provide customized programs and resources to the needs of pediatric patients in their local communities.
Our International Reach
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Our programs brings patients and volunteers together in-hospitals through creative arts activities and other opportunities for social interaction and learning. Our TelePlay program provides remote games and activities for patients via Zoom. Volunteers act as companions, or as we say, ‘Sunshine Sidekicks,’ to superhero patients battling the isolation of the hospital setting.
We launched TelePlay in April 2021 with two hospitals in Canada and have plans to partner with nine others! We've sent nearly 6,000 activity kits and Surgi Buddy kits around Canada.
In May 2021, Project Sunshine Israel resumed in-person volunteering at four medical facilities and two kindergartens for children with special needs. In just eight months of operations after reopening post-COVID, we reached 6,000 children and families through the engagement of more than 80 volunteers who visited patients in rooms with an activity cart and read books in kindergarten classrooms.
In April, Project Sunshine Kenya expanded to another satellite clinic of Bomu Hospital , Wema Clinic (in honor of former board member Vernon Evenson), totaling to four program sites. In addition, Project Sunshine Kenya held special events including World TB Day, Global Handwashing Day, Youth Fun Days, World AIDS Day, and monthly birthday parties. We also began another round of the Healthy Living Initiative to serve over 200 children who live more than 200km from the nearest clinic. Combined with the clinic programs, we reached 24,000 children and families in Kenya. Project Sunshine Kenya is generously supported by funding from Gilead Sciences.