What We Do
Programs helping to improve the well-being of children
Recognizing the importance of a child’s continued family presence in difficult times, RMHC creates “Family Rooms” and “Family Houses”, which are always located in or next to hospitals where children are treated. RMHC may also mobilize Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, who can visit areas where health care is not immediately available.
Ronald McDonald Family Room®
The first major project of RMHC Cyprus was the creation of the Pediatric Clinic for children with heart disease at the Archbishop Makarios III Hospital in Nicosia, which was officially inaugurated in October 2014. The pediatric clinic also is home to the Chapter’s Ronald McDonald Family Room®.
When families walk into a Ronald McDonald Family Room, we want them to forget they’re in a hospital. The Cyprus Ronald McDonald Family Room offers a quiet place for parents and siblings to wait while the child is being examined for any heart conditions.
In the Cyprus Ronald McDonald Family Room families will find:
- A seating area with a television
- Coffee and Refreshments
- Internet access
First Ronald McDonald House®
RMHC Cyprus’ second project will be the opening of the Ronald McDonald House® opposite the Archbishop Makarios III Hospital, which is expected to be completed by 2021. The house will be able to accommodate families of children from all over Cyprus who are hospitalized at Archbishop Makarios III Hospital as well as other medical clinics in the capital.
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. The Ronald McDonald House® opposite the Archbishop Makarios III Hospital will provide a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost.
Our House will be built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
Allow Families to Face the Weight of Illness Together
Families are stronger when they are together. By staying at our Ronald McDonald House®, parents can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.
Allow Children to Get the Best Care
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible. Our Ronald McDonald House® will allow families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at no cost.
Services for Families
At our House, families can enjoy:
- Home-cooked meals
- Private bedrooms
- Playrooms for children