A Mexican charity that provides care for children with cancer has received funding from HSBC. Casa de la Amistad offers medical treatment to young cancer patients, as well as emotional and practical support to their families and carers. It has helped more than 8,700 children since it was founded 26 years ago.
In a new video, HSBC’s Ana Delgado visits a community centre to see the difference the charity makes. She meets Ely, one of many people whose lives have been touched by the charity’s work.
Ely’s son, Luis, has leukaemia. The family first came to Casa de Amistad after Luis had a cardiac arrest and spent 20 days in intensive care. “It was a tough time for me and for my son,” says Ely in the video. “I found Casa de la Amistad at the right time. The social worker told me about this place where they could help me and they could give me medication the hospital wasn’t able to give me.
“For me, Casa de la Amistad is like our second home,” Ely continues. “It’s the place where we feel safe.”
HSBC’s donation to Casa de la Amistad comes from its 150 Community Fund, a special USD150 million donation announced in 2015 to mark the bank’s anniversary. The charity is one of more than 140 projects worldwide to benefit. Others include:
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