9 June 2017

A Mexican charity that provides care for children with cancer has received funding from HSBC. Casa de la Amistad offers medical treatment to young cancer patients, as well as emotional and practical support to their families and carers. It has helped more than 8,700 children since it was founded 26 years ago.

In a new video, HSBC’s Ana Delgado visits a community centre to see the difference the charity makes. She meets Ely, one of many people whose lives have been touched by the charity’s work.

Ely’s son, Luis, has leukaemia. The family first came to Casa de Amistad after Luis had a cardiac arrest and spent 20 days in intensive care. “It was a tough time for me and for my son,” says Ely in the video. “I found Casa de la Amistad at the right time. The social worker told me about this place where they could help me and they could give me medication the hospital wasn’t able to give me.

“For me, Casa de la Amistad is like our second home,” Ely continues. “It’s the place where we feel safe.”

HSBC’s donation to Casa de la Amistad comes from its 150 Community Fund, a special USD150 million donation announced in 2015 to mark the bank’s anniversary. The charity is one of more than 140 projects worldwide to benefit. Others include:

  • A biomedical research facility in London for scientists aiming to find new treatment for illnesses such as cancer, heart and lung disease, HIV and malaria
  • A charity providing mental health services for vulnerable people in rural Australia
  • A programme to build 350 community schools in Egypt, giving more than 12,000 children in rural areas the chance of an education
  • Environmental projects to protect marine wildlife in Indonesia and a partnership with WWF in Vietnam to safeguard the habitat of the saola, a rare species of large mammal.