• Celebrating our 30,000th Heart Healed

    Celebrating our 30,000th Heart Healed.

    The global network of Gift of Life celebrates healing the heart of the 30,000th Child in October 2017. Exactly 42 years after the first GOL recipient from Uganda was treated, Rood from Haiti received his lifesaving heart surgery.

  • Healing Little Hearts Around the World

    Healing Little Hearts Around the World.

    We provide hope to children with heart disease from developing countries, regardless of their gender, creed, or national origin.

  • Need


    With approximately 1.3 million children born each year having a heart defect and knowing that 93% do not have access to cardiac care, our goal is to make this lifesaving care available to children everywhere.

  • Empowerment


    We empower healthcare professionals in emerging countries by providing them with skills transfer, state-of-the-art essential equipment as well as supplemental supplies and medications allowing them to treat children with heart disease in their country of birth.

  • Sustainability


    We believe by developing sustainable pediatric cardiac programs and establishing Regional Centers of Excellence in East Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, we will save lives and allow communities to care for their own children with heart disease.

  • Partnership


    To maximize our impact, we partner with Rotary Clubs and Districts around the world, as well as like-minded organizations and global healthcare professionals.

  • Hope


    Since 1975, through our global network of caring, we have provided hope to more than 30,000 children spanning 79 countries and 5 continents with the help of our 82 affiliates around the world.

43 Years Service
32,268 Children Treated
79 Countries Reached

Our MissionHealing Little Hearts Around the World

Our mission is to provide lifesaving cardiac treatment to children in developing countries regardless of gender, creed, or national origin. Our goal is to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac programs by implementing screening, surgical and training missions which are supported by autonomous Gift of Life programs, Rotary Global Grants and generous donors from around the world.


News. Updates on Hearts Being Healed Around the World

Read the latest news from Gift of Life Affiliated Programs around the world regarding their impact as they work to heal more little hearts in their region.

of the Month

November 8, 2017 marked a huge milestone for the pediatric cardiac program in El Salvador. After 8 years of working together with like-minded partners, Rotarians, healthcare professionals (both Salvadoran and around the world), hospital administrations, the Ministry of Health, Gift of Life programs and our amazing Salvadoran affiliate – Latidos de Esperanza; the first-ever dedicated pediatric cardiac intensive care unit was opened at Hospital Benjamin Bloom in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Click on the view more button below to see various media coverage from the inauguration of the first-ever pediatric cardiac ICU in El Salvador:
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Gift of Life international and our global network of caring strive to be a beacon of hope to children with heart disease and their families. Through our initiatives, we are addressing the crisis in the world today with regards to congenital heart disease; the Number One birth defect worldwide. We regularly receive notes of gratitude along with heart warming updates from children and parents who now have hope for the first-time ever. Please enjoy these touching testimonials from our Gift of Life recipients.

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Our Global Network.

We are a Rotarian-based organization that over the past four decades has helped more than 30,000 children from 79 countries across 5 continents receive treatment for their heart disease. Our global network of caring is comprised of 82 Gift of Life Affiliated Programs throughout the world. The majority of these programs are based in Rotary Clubs or Rotary Districts. Through our collaborative efforts, we are healing little hearts around the world who otherwise would not receive treatment.

List of GOL Affiliates

Impact of Your Donation


Could provide regular exams following surgery


Could provide medicines needed to ensure a healthy recovery


Could provide 6 months of nutritional assistance prior to surgery


Could provide one year of nutritional assistance following surgery