Two GBN students gave up celebrating their Bat Mitzvah and instead used that money to donate to Save A Child’s Heart Foundation, which provides life-saving heart surgery for children who can't afford to receive care in their country of origin. Their donation helped save the lives of two Ethiopian girls.
But the two sisters wanted to expand on that. They decided to start a branch of Save a Child’s Heart at GBN to spread the impact even further. “Not only does this organization save lives, but it also promotes peace in the Middle East, as it spreads the valuable lesson that a life is a life, no matter the religion or social class,” said senior Elise Katsnelson, who leads the club with her sister Beatrice.
The group has video conferenced with children who were recovering from surgery in Israel, held bake sales, hosted speakers and recently partnered with the Boys’ Volleyball Team for a fundraising tournament. Their goal is to pay for the surgery of one child, which costs up to $15,000. “It is so heartwarming to see children from around the world benefitting from what we are doing in the GBN community,” said senior Beatrice Katsnelson.
The club has been in existence for three years and counts 45 students as members. Pictured here are the Katsnelson girls on a trip to Israel where they visited the Save A Child's Heart home and posed with some of the children who have benefitted from the organization.