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RACHAYA HEART

Saving Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon

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February is AMERICAN HEART MONTH and we’re celebrating healthy hearts with the release of our new documentary film: RACHAYA HEART (2021) which chronicles NCA’s work in Southern Lebanon.

Dear NCA Community & Friends

RACHAYA HEART (2021), a new short documentary film from the Novick Cardiac Alliance, follows the life-affirming work of Dr. Marcelo Cardarelli, NCA international teams and local healthcare professionals, as they provide high-stakes cardiac surgery on Syrian refugee children at Al Rachaya Governmental Hospital in Southern Lebanon.

“We treat everybody as if they have no politics, no religion, no color, no nationality. We don’t care. Everybody deserves to have their heart fixed, their diseases cured—period.”

Dr. Marcelo Cardarelli MD, MPH
Co-founder, Novick Cardiac Alliance

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About the Film

RACHAYA HEART (2021), a new short documentary film from the Novick Cardiac Alliance follows the life-affirming work of Dr. Marcelo Cardarelli, NCA international teams and local healthcare professionals, as they provide high-stakes cardiac surgery on Syrian refugee children at Al Rachaya Governmental Hospital in Southern Lebanon. Driven from their homeland by ongoing war and strife, these children and their parents live as stateless people in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, where cardiac care is limited or non-existent. The film chronicles NCA’s mission to deliver urgent cardiac care to these Syrian families, spotlighting humanity at the nexus of universal need and global goodwill.

RACHAYA HEART (2021) 8min 30sec | Featuring DR. MARCELO CARDARELLI and DR. WALID SERHAN with DR. IGOR POLIVENOK and MR. NIDAL ALI | Directed by JORDAN CAMPBELL | Edited by JUSTIN SIMPKINS | Executive Producer DR. WILLIAM NOVICK | Director of Photography JORDAN CAMPBELL | A RAMRO GLOBAL® Production

From all of us at NCA:
THANK YOU for your ongoing support during these challenging times.

LIBYA| FULL STOP (2020)

We’re very pleased to share NCA’s short film: LIBYA | FULL STOP (2020) 7min 37s which features the pioneering work of Dr. William Novick and the Novick Cardiac Alliance as they work on both sides of the Libyan conflict. This film also speaks to NCA’s core value proposition: There should be no bias toward race, color or religion, when it comes to serving children.

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Since Novick Cardiac Alliance launched in 2014, we’ve remained committed to the highest level of transparency and reporting as a leading international charity, serving hundreds of children each year who are born with heart disease. We’re proud to announce that NCA has earned GuideStar’s 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency by publicly sharing our key metrics and highlighting the impact we’re making in children’s lives around the world. We're also incredibly honored to share that we recently received a distinguished 100-OUT-OF-100 "Give with Confidence" rating for Accounting and Finance by Charity Navigator, a trusted resource for donors and investors.

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