The Little Prince has been translated into close on 200 languages and dialects, and speaks to the whole world. Voluntary organisations, many working on behalf of the poorest and most deprived, have adopted him as their standard, as a clear signal of their dedication to serving others with all the love The Little Prince pours into taking care of his rose.
Hospital Pequeño Príncipe
« There was on a star, a planet, mine, the Earth, a little prince to be comforted! I took him in my arms and rocked him gently« , Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, Chapter VII.
« I have always thought that every child should be treated as a little prince or princess « ,
Ety Goncalves da Conceiçã Forte, Chair of the Hospital Association for Child Protection.
The Little Prince is responsible for his rose, and we are responsible for all our little princes: this is the principle on which the Hospital Pequeño Príncipe in Brazil is founded. A place offering care, culture, hope and dialogue, dedicated to children and their families.
It all began in 1919 when a handful of doctors and nurses, all volunteers, set up a branch of the Red Cross in the State of Parana. The 1930s saw the inauguration of the first building of the Children’s Hospital. A child protection organisation was founded in 1956 at the Hospital Dr. Raul Carneiro. Some fifteen years later, the hospital acquired its present name of Pequeño Príncipe, The Little Prince.
Brazil today has a population of 192 million, 69 million of them aged under 18. The mortality rate amongst children under the age of six is 6 per 1,000 (in France, the equivalent figure is around 3.6 per 1,000). Only 75% of Brazilian households have access to a healthcare network. The statistics explain why the Hospital Pequeño Principe, with around 30 specialist departments, is a beacon of hope for the under-18s and their families. The hospital works closely with the Pele Research Institute – sponsored by the world-famous footballer and national hero of all Brazilians – on studies to advance understanding of diseases and find more effective remedies. The Cardiology unit alone performs some 700 operations a year.
The hospital is one of the largest in South America, and its reputation extends far beyond the borders of Brazil. A stay in hospital is a trying experience for anyone, and especially for young children, so the Hospital Pequeño Príncipe provides play and discovery areas staffed by childcare workers and actors offering activities and entertainment to help take children’s minds off their illness.
To help the children feel safe and secure, all treatment is provided in areas designed and named to inspire confidence. As they cross the threshold of their hospital room for the first time, children should feel like they are visiting a friend’s house.
A child protection charity supports the hospital’s development projects, and a large group of volunteers provide support by helping hospital staff, children and their parents. Everyone contributes to the wellbeing of all, at every level, whatever the illness. « Taming » here takes on a collective meaning.
At present, the hospital aims to complete its expansion plans and acquire new surgical, imaging and research equipment. The objective is to provide top-quality medical care free of charge to all sick children, whatever their background.
Contact : Associação Hospitalar de Proteção à Infância Dr. Raul Carneiro
Rua Desembargador Motta, 1070 – CEP 80250-060 – Curitiba – PR – Brasil
Tél.: (41) 3310-1010, Fax (41) 3225-2291.
Find out more: http://www.pequenoprincipe.org.br
Make a gift: http://www.doepequenoprincipe.org.br
The Petit Prince’s Stars
Russia 2007: with the aid of the Saint-Exupéry Estate, Igor Shamaraev founds the Little Prince’s Stars, an organisation that puts The Little Prince‘s philosophy into action.
For its President, « The Little Prince and Saint-Exupéry are symbols that bring people together in support of projects intended to make our world a better, finer and fairer place. » The philosophy of « ties », so dear to the aviator and author, is the inspiration for all the organisation’s projects: « we believe that joint action creates real ties between people of different social or cultural origins, » adds Igor Shamaraev.
The organisation operates in several areas to help children in need (orphans or children from deprived families). At the orphanage of Voronezh, for example, the organisation has launched a gardening activity known as The Little Prince’s Gardens. Just like The Little Prince who takes care of his planet, the organisation believes in the need to protect our planet, Earth. Ecology is one of the educational projects promoted by the organisation, which takes green issues into account when choosing its partners. A recent example is a communication campaign alerting people to the dangers of chlorine bleach in paper manufacturing, in association with the Russian branch of Greenpeace and a local paper manufacturer. The organisation pays tribute to the boy from asteroid B-612 all year round. When The Little Prince was published in Altai, volunteers from the organisation distributed copies of the book in remote villages of the Altai Republic. In 2009, the organisation is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book’s translation into Russian.
Find out more: http://www.lepetitprince.ru