CAP-HO Comité d'Aide aux Enfants Hospitalisés

This is a story of hope, one that will restore your faith in humanity”In 1995, a group of volunteers rallied to a single united mission: not to let suffering children die just because their families could not afford the cost of their medical care.

So the volunteers took groups of sick children under their wing and decided to cover all their medical expenses with the hope of making their lives better again; which is how the Pediatric Help Committee (CAP-HO) was born at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, Beirut.

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Over two decades, 4,500 children were admitted to the Orthodox Hospital, under the full care of CAP-HO.

That’s 250 children a year, and this number is increasing all the time.

A journey of love and hope

The Committee’s founding members vowed to provide any child in need, regardless of their religion or region of origin, with the proper medical follow-up and care they deserve. And CAP-HO delivered on its mission with the help of kind-hearted volunteers, pediatricians and surgeons at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, Beirut.

In fact, volunteers are present at the Committee’s premises on a daily basis to examine the medical files of each patient referred to CAP-HO by doctors, or even by other charitable organizations. Each medical case is carefully reviewed, in coordination with the hospital’s pediatricians and management to make sure help is always available to the children and families who need it most.

With the living conditions of many Lebanese deteriorating at an alarming rate, CAP-HO counts today a growing number of medical cases, including simple, chronic and complex ones such as:

  • Premature babies
  • Multiple pregnancies
  • Heart and kidney diseases in newborns
  • Specific newborn infections
  • Children with respiratory distress
  • Kidney diseases or nervous anomalies
  • As well as children suffering from motor impairment or physical disability

« I have hemophilia. CAP-HO helped me for many long years and today I am a medicine student looking to save other sick children myself. »

Roger, Former CAP-HO Patient

« We once treated a sick child who had been abandoned by his family. He was immediately taken in charge by CAP-HO which covered the expenses of his urgent surgery. We saved his life and a new child was born that day. »

Dr. Sacy, pediatrician at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, Beirut

We Help Because We Care

Employees at the CAP-HO are basically women volunteers, whom we call “godmothers”. Each dedicates a full morning every week to follow up on the children’s cases, one at a time. These ladies are continuously in contact with the families and the doctors involved so they can better understand and assess the child’s living, medical and financial conditions and needs.

Why do they do it, you might ask?.. They do it because.. they believe. Their motivation is to be able to help and support the children’s parents medically and financially; to share their easing and relief especially in the cases of children with chronic diseases.

They’re in it to feel useful and active, by being present on the ground and making a difference; but mostly they’re in it because they want to overcome all the obstacles, even the most painful ones with the patients’ families.

To be able to help all those children, CAP-HO has serious financial commitments to honor:

  • Between $25,000 and $50,000 to care for a premature child.
  • About $3,000 a month for a lifetime to treat a child suffering from cystic fibrosis.
  • Between $200 and $500 a week to treat a child needing ongoing treatment.
  • Between $2,000 and $3,000 a month to treat a child with a chronic disease.

Yes. Such amounts might sound overwhelming to many, especially to a charitable non-profit organization like CAP-HO, which exclusively counts on thoughtful individual contributions. All this work, all this devotion and all this unconditional love with very limited means.

Now imagine what CAP-HO could do for those children if YOU helped.

It is time to act

It is time to set a good example for your children.

It is time to help the children of other less fortunate parents by expressing your compassion and solidarity.

Alone, we have made it this far and touched the lives of thousands, so imagine what we could achieve together.

To make a contribution:


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