Going into hospital is a particularly stressful time for any child. Children experience a considerable level of anxiety and difficulties during the initial few days. They often feel isolated and in need of psychological support.
We strongly believe that creating a space and environment different from the hospital one for these children, with organised educational and entertainment activities, would have an overall positive effect. This special time and place, even by the hospital bed for some, would be familiar and comforting to the child and would allow him or her to study, be creative and enjoy time away from thoughts and fears about their illness and individual circumstances.
The idea to offer this was born in early 2017 after the City Hospital School was closed down. Part of the teaching staff stayed on as volunteers and continued to provide education and care to the children in the Clinic for Paediatrics and Childhood Genetic Diseases. Thanks to the Clinic’s support and practical assistance, this initiative found its spiritual home and the charity was registered in July.
Our day-to-day work with these children has been the best proof and reward as to why we should be doing it – these special patients never fail to inspire and amaze us! The interaction with parents and medical staff at all levels push us forward to search for new and imaginative ways to create this special environment where the children feel as comfortable as possible within the restraints of a hospital ward while undergoing treatment.
Our goals are:
- Protect the rights of children during extended hospital stays.
- Supporting these children to adapt to the hospital environment at the beginning, during and immediately after medical intervention as well as during long term treatment.
- Assistance, giving a sense of belonging, encouragement, providing information, etc. for parents and young patients.
- Providing psychological help for the children and their parents for dealing with the emotional impact of the disease.
- Building up relationships with similar national and international organisations.
- Establishing and maintaining contact and dialogue between the Education & Health organisation and relevant governmental departments and organisations such as the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry for Employment and Social Policy, etc.
- Support for the families of young patients with looking after them.
- Support the process of recovery through organised educational activities.
- Providing education in the spirit of tolerance and non-discrimination.
- Proactively involving the parents in the educational process, especially with parents who do not support their children’s education.
- Supporting the child’s sense of worth, will to participate actively in social activities, in his or her feeling of security , self-worth, ambitions, talents, etc.