Hope Hospital the world's first ever crowdfunded hospital. Photo credit: Independent Doctors Association.
If you’ve been keeping up with CanDo, you may know it’s been a year since we launched the People’s Convoy, to rebuild a children’s hospital in Syria.
It exists thanks to the generosity of people from all over the world, from all walks of life, and was named Hope Hospital to pay tribute to this triumph of humanity.
Since it opened its doors there have been some highs and lows, but through all the challenges of hospital life, one thing remains constant: the amazing dedication of the doctors, nurses and aid workers of the Independent Doctors Association (IDA).
We’re proud to work in partnership with IDA, and plan to connect the CanDo community to more vital crowdfunding campaigns on their behalf — we’ll keep you posted!
For now, we’d love to show you what a year of hope looks like.
The People’s Convoy reaches Syria
Did you know that this was the seventh time the children’s hospital was rebuilt? After the previous hospital was bombed out of existence, the People’s Convoy campaign was launched.
Amazingly, in just over 2 weeks, 38 organisations and almost 5,000 people around the world, raised enough money to rebuild and run the hospital for 3 months.
Our team drove a lorry loaded with vital medical supplies over 2,500 miles from London to the Syrian border. Our CEO and founder Dr. Rola Hallam arrived on Christmas eve to handover the crowdfunded cargo, along with hundreds of messages of support and solidarity.
A sign goes up
A lot of work went into transforming the building. The team fitted an ER department, constructed an outpatient and waiting area, connected a clean water supply to the centre of the building — the list continues.
Hurray for a hospital first!
Nurse Malak and the team with a 4-day-old baby
Just one month after the hospital doors opened the team carried out a full blood exchange (a procedure which is similar to a blood transfusion) on a four-day-old baby boy.
It was the first time this complicated procedure had been done at the hospital, it took five medics three hours to complete — we’re over the moon it was a success!
Repairing little lungs
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