Yesterday after work I went with two Sackler students to volunteer at "Save a Child's Heart." It is a non-profit that runs a large house in a Tel Aviv suburb that holds children (and their mothers) from third world countries with heart defects while they wait to have surgery (and recoup after surgery) at one of the local children's hospitals--all at no cost to them. I dont know what the exact conditions these children have but the majority of congenital heart defects that require surgery are pretty serious and usually lead to premature death if untreated so they really are doing an amazing thing by bringing these children to israel to have the surgeries. There were families from Angola, Ghana, Panama, and Ethiopia while I was there. The children were all very cute! Most didnt speak english, some of the moms spoke spanish (the ones from panana) but basically we just played with the kids for a few hours, allowing the parents to have a break and give the kids some new faces to play with. I happened to have stickers in my bag from work which were a huge hit. All in all, it was a great way to spend the afternoon!