In April, we reported that Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) received the 2018 United Nations Population Award – the first Israeli NGO to do so – in recognition of 23 years of providing lifesaving cardiac care for children from developing countries. Since 1995, SACH has treated, at no charge, more than 4,800 children from 57 countries, Gaza and the Palestinian Authority territories, and trained cardiology teams from those countries.

Three-year-old Daniel from Tanzania was flown to Save a Child’s Heart in Israel in February 2018. His life-threatening heart condition was treated successfully and he will soon return home. Photo via Facebook

Later in the year, another Israeli humanitarian organization, IsraAID, received the 2018 German Chancellor’s Integration Award in recognition of its Brückenbau (“Bridge Building”) project providing psychological support in Arabic for at-risk refugee women and victims of gender-based violence living in German shelters and training and counseling for shelter staff.