Building accommodation for parents
In El Salvador hundreds of children with congenital heart defects are born each year. Without treatment, most of these children would die within the first years of life. Professor Christian Schlensak is performing lifesaving treatments for these children at the University of Santa Ana. However, the hospital currently lacks accommodation for the children´s parents, so they can be close to their loved ones during the treatment. Professor Schlensak brought the project to the attention of Mauritia Mack of Europa-Park and the jewelry maker Leonardo. Together with the Regine Sixt Children's Aid Foundation a new accommodation and sanitary facilities were created, which provides space for up to 15 parents at a time. The proceeds from the 'Mauritia Mack by Leonardo' jewelry collection have been used to support social projects since 2010.