The Smiling Hospital Foundation's mission is to uplift spirits of sick children in hospitals as a contributing factor to speed up the recovery process. This goal is being achieved as follows:
- entertainment programs with the help of all types of artists and nearly 300 volunteers, who visit the children in the hospitals on a regular basis. Our artists (musicians, magicians, puppeteers, actors reading or telling stories and many other types of artists) and volunteers always visit the children in teams of two or three persons. In most hospitals the visits are several times a week and in some every day and even in weekends; always in the afternoon as the mornings are most often used by the doctors for their daily rounds. We visit about 1.000 children and parents in hospitals every month!
- organizing painting projects for rooms and corridors with colorful drawings to make the environment of children in hospitals more pleasant. These painting projects are carried out with the help from companies, which allow their staff/employees to spend half day or full day (under their respective CSR policies) to paint the walls. Artists from the Smiling Hospital Foundation draw the contours of the wall paintings well ahead of the painting days and on the Painting Days they are guiding the corporate volunteers towards always smashing results at the end of the day. Every month we have one or two of these Painting Days.
The Smiling Hospital Foundation was founded in Hungary in 2004. The fast growth of activities has brought us to presently 23 hospitals all over Hungary. Further expansion is directed to institutions for mentally and physically impaired persons. Also a start has been made to visit nursing homes for the aged. In ten other countries in the world the Smiling Hospital Foundation has started similar activities in children hospitals. But this worldwide GoGetFunding campaign counts only for the activities in Hungary. For details about background, activities and financials, please see the website: www.smilinghospitalfoundation.com
The main work in the hospitals, in medical institutions and in nursing homes is undertaken by our professional artists and hundreds of wonderful volunteers. But the realization of our activities in the hospitals and other institutions is not automatic! It has to be carefully planned, organized and monitored by our Management Team. And this implies a cost to employ an Office Manager, Country Coordinator, eight Local Coordinators, bookkeeper, fees for the professional artists, rent for the office, payment of monthly utilities (gas, electricity, water), transportation and props for the children. We are privileged to have a yearly audit made by PricewaterHouseCoopers, which can be viewed on our Webpage: http://www.smilinghospitalfoundation.com/en/who-we-are/financial-operation/
We are able to limit the monthly expenses to HUF 1.5 million per month (about Euro 5.000 per month). Thus Euro 60.000 per year. And we are seeking half of this amount with the help of this very GoGetFunding campaign for the year 2018.
We kindly request that you make a donation and share our story with your family and friends to support this great initiative for the benefit of sick children in hospitals. Together we can make a difference.
Dr. Albert Royaards, President of the Board of Trustees