Working in the health area I could see the difficulties that the inpatients in the Bemjamin Bloom's National Children Hospital have to pass, and that many of them will even spend their Chritmas in the hospital, because they have fisical limitations that don't let them live a normal life.
That's why with the venturer Scouts from the Scout group #21 (San Jose de la Montaña, El Salvador) we decided to give some joy to these kids that can't enjoy the holidays. That's why we created the project: CHRISTMAS HEROES.
The project's name is Christmas Heroes because our goal is to rescue this holiday for these kids.
The project consists in giving little gifts, food and more important that anything JOY. The happiness is bringed by the multiple activities developed in each one of the hospital services, reaching even outpatient-basis. The children enjoy very the little show that we prepare for them, that includes games and activities in wich we make parent's and even doctor's participate.
It is a fact that a patient's recovery is quicker having the right mood, that's why we try them to keep a mood of constant joy for their recovery to be faster and complicationless.
We try to bring happiness to these kids for them to forget that they have an abnormal condition, so they can laugh en enjoy just like any other kid, even if it is for only one minute.
This is a continous project that I've been realizing since 2005, since I was a venturer Scout, now that I'm a Scouter I try to teach my venturer's how to realize this kind of service activities
IMPORTANT: In the hospital it is not alowed to take pictures or video of the kids, because they have the right to privacy, that's why there are not many pictures or videos of this services. Many of the activities that I try to teach to my venturers are un the Venturers Youtube Channel.
It would be important for this to b taken in any level, not only with kids, or only in Chistmas or only in El Salvador. The payment that we receive for this are the hundreds of smiles and laughs of the kids during the show.
In may countries Scouts are not recognized, they think we are lazy, this kind of services show the real backround of being a scout and being a messenger of peace.
This services work like a domino effect for the movement growth, because the parents when they see us, they show intrest in the Scout movement, proof of this is when we finished this service, the next week we had 4 new scout cubs from a recomendation of the parents that saw us working in the hospital.