Make-A-Wish International came to life in 1993, after Make-A-Wish formed in the United States. Since then Make-A-Wish International has been granting the wishes of critically ill children all around the world. But what exactly is the work of Make-A-Wish International around the world? Read more about it in this article.
The importance of Make-A-Wish International
Granting wishes has been proven to benefit the emotional wellbeing of a child living with a critical illness. These benefits can lead to a higher chance of survival.
A granted wish doesn’t just have an impact on a child, but also has positive effects on their loved ones, and their community. Make-A-Wish International is driven to fulfill as many wishes as possible. By granting wishes Make-A-Wish is giving hope to critically ill children and their families all around the world.
Make-A-Wish International has 39 affiliates all over the world. In Europe, North and Central America, South America, Central Asia and Middle East, East and Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Who are the wish children?
Make-A-Wish International grants wishes for children who are living with a critical illness. Children who are critically ill often miss out on, for others, normal childhood moments. Often they cannot play sports, play outside or even go to school due to tiredness or not feeling well.
This holds a child back from forming friendships and experiencing new things. Often a critically ill child spends a lot of time in the hospital undergoing medical treatment.
Children whose wishes are fulfilled by Make-A-Wish International are called wish children. When is a child eligible for having their wish granted?
- A child who has a critical illness
- A child between the ages of 3 and 18 years old
- No wish has been fulfilled before
The wish journey
The activities in the wish journey are all determined by the imagination of the child. This is why each wish journey is completely unique and specifically tailored to the child.
Some children would like to be a princess for a day, have a tea party at a castle, ride a firetruck, be a pilot for a day or visit a theme park with the entire family.
Make-A-Wish visits the child to find out about their most beloved wish. The wish-granter finds out about the wish in a playful manner. Their siblings and parents are also involved during the journey. They all get to enjoy the special experience on the wish day.
Donate to Make-A-Wish, and impact the lives of critically ill children and their loved ones.