Sunflowers and Medical Clowns
Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin students from Israel Sci-Tech Schools bring sunshine to hospitalized young cancer patients through Sunflowers, an innovative volunteer program.
Students tutor the young patients, teach them how to surf the Internet, play online games and, most importantly, help them get through their difficult medical treatments. The volunteers gain rich insight and a special sensitivity for the needs of adolescents who, because of their treatment, struggle to continue their studies and prepare for their matriculation exams.
The Medical Clowning program is a new aspect of Sunflowers. It aims to provide laugh therapy – a proven technique that helps strengthen the immune systems of cancer patients. The program offers children with cancer a way to have fun and release some of the stress created by their illness. The program is also offered to senior citizens at retirement homes and geriatric wards.