Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect around the world. In the United States and other developed countries, there are medical centers with trained specialists to repair these defects. However, this is not the case in developing countries like Kenya where children suffering from conditions like a hole in the heart or damage caused to the heart by rheumatic fever often go undiagnosed until it is too late.

The Real Situation
How THAP Helps

Seeking a miracle, these families are referred by their doctors to Take Heart Association Project (THAP) in Nairobi, Kenya, an organization that has been helping families secure the medical care they need for their children to live healthy lives for 20 years.

Latest News

Lavenda after her successful heart surgery.

Lavenda had successful heart surgery at Save A Child's Heart's Wolfson Institute in Israel on November 2. Levanda returned to Nairobi in late November and spent several weeks at THAP's Family Support Center before returning home. Many thanks to our partner, Save A Child's Heart Kenya for co-sponsoring Levanda's surgery and care.

Ryan and his mother arriving in San Antonio and Ryan awaiting his surgery.

Ryan and his mother, Maureen, arrived in San Antonio, Texas, in early December thanks to HeartGift San Antonio that sponsored their travel, accommodations, and his surgery. Ryan had successful heart surgery on Friday, December 11 and is doing well.

Success Stories

How Your Contributions are Used

Support from donors,
funders, and partners
enables us to provide
life-saving surgery, support, resources and hope
to the families with
whom we work.
74 Medical Treatment, Surgeries,
and Medications
16 Pre- and Post-operative
Diagnostic Services
10 Family Support Services and Public Education

A Thank you from Margaret

In March 2014, Margaret, then age 10, underwent a successful heart surgery at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan. This hospital, founded by Dr. Strada and the Italian NGO, Emergency, was featured on the CBS news program, 60 Minutes. She is doing fine and currently does not need any medications. THAP insures that Margaret will be monitored by doctors in Nairobi.

Please take a moment to view the video of Margaret expressing her gratitude.

Over 180 children and young adults have received heart surgeries.
Please do your part to help THAP's Hearts for Kids Program.

Contact Us

Take Heart Association Project
United States Office
P.O. Box 401
Kensington, MD 20895
Kenya Office
P.O. Box 38960-00623
Nairobi, Kenya