Henri Landwirth knows the pain of a lost childhood. As a boy during World War II, he spent five years in concentration camps. It was the darkest time of his life, but it ignited in him a passion for helping others.
After coming to the U.S., Henri became a hotelier, managing, then owning, properties in Florida. Occasionally, a sick child visiting Orlando on a “wish trip” would stay at one of his hotels. But Henri wanted to do more.
He knew that children with life-threatening illnesses often missed the best parts of their childhood. Sickness was a thief that robbed children of laughter and play just as the Nazis had taken those things from him.
So he vowed to create a place where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families could forget doctor appointments and hospital visits. A place where they could reclaim time stolen by illness. A place where happiness inspires hope.
That place — Give Kids The World Village has hosted more than 150,000 families from around the world. There is no cost to families, and, true to Henri’s commitment, no child is ever turned away.
The Village does enormous good for families facing enormous struggles. And it exists because Henri Landwirth asked a very simple question: “How can I make a child’s life better?”