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Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Hospitals, International, International Relief, Youth Development Programs

Mission:

The world's poorest children are at highest risk of the world''s most expensive injuries -- burns and amputations. These sudden, life-changing trauma injuries can happen in a second without warning but require a lifetime of support. The world has ample resources in the form of medical care, rehabilitation therapy, and psychosocial support for trauma survivors, but it is not getting to the children who need it most. HandReach is working to bring together the best hands in the world to promote healing, rehabilitation, and the full development of human potential among the world''s poorest and most badly-injured children.

HandReach works at three levels:

1) Individuals: We facilitate the sharing of best practices across countries and institutions by educating clinicians, therapists, parents, and healers of all kinds. We also work to bring acute, reconstructive, and psychosocial care to children who are in great need of surgery or rehabilitation therapy that their families cannot possibly afford.

2) Institutions: We facilitate international clinics, sponsor training, develop technological resources, and arrange for the donation of needed equipment and supplies so that institutions can maximize their ability to treat complex injuries and promote full rehabilitation for children, regardless of income. 

3) Society: We advocate for the needs of the poor to promote greater access to medical care, education, safer products, building materials, and work practices, and a place in society that includes greater access and acceptance for people with physical differences.

We are working to develop a free international database of best practices in pediatric burn care and orthopedic rehabilitation that allows doctors and therapists to consult across the world on cases. This online resource database will be readily translatable into any language and provide short, detailed videos that address various aspects of excellent burn and orthopedic care -- from skin grafting to splinting to prosthetics to psychological support for children and families. 

 If a child is burned in China, for instance, her doctor can provide details about the case, consult live expert clinicians internationally, and be directed to easily downloadable videos in Chinese to share with staff and the patient''s family. HandReach''s work would then be to spread the word of this database and foster face-to-face contact between clinics worldwide. HandReach''s dream is for there to be nowhere in the world a child can be injured that is out of reach of excellent medical care and psychosocial support.  

Target demographics: Children with burn injuries worldwide.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 125 children and countless others around them

Geographic areas served: Entire planet, especially developing countries. (Working on model program in China currently)

Programs:   The HandReach Beat Brigade seeks to empower local youth through healing modalities such as drumming, rehabilitation therapy, and leadership development through assisting child trauma survivors locally and abroad. The Beat Brigade’s purpose is to offer training and experience for local youth to travel internationally to train teams in developing countries who work with pediatric trauma patients, particularly those with major burn injuries and amputations.

Community Stories

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've directly seen the impact this organization has on the lives of children around the world, and am so grateful for the services it is able to provide!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with HandReach during their last outreach to Beijing in June of 2013. Even expecting to have a great experience didn't prepare me for how much of an impact this organization and these children would make in my life. I look forward to many years of further involvement with HandReach!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with HandReach twice and am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization. They are dedicated to helping children and have made such a difference in so many lives.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm proud to support HandReach and I encourage you to recognize this outstanding organization. HandReach offers opportunity for full and productive lives to children around the world who experience serious burns. Without the service HandReach provides, many of these children would never get the medical attention and hope for a full future that they are fortunate to receive. HandReach, year after year, continues to work with dedication and heart to their aims of improving people's lives; this is due to its Founder and Director, Brecken Chinn.

I hope you will give HandReach the recognition it deserves.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HandReach continues to touch the lives of many children and their families who have been affected by serious burns and traumatic injuries. They truly care about these children and are dedicated to supporting their physical, emotional, and psychosocial well-being in any way that they can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HandReach is committed to helping children with burn injuries. Please help them continue this good work.

4 Lori180

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am delighted to write this review in support of HandReach. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work with Becken Chin and a few of the other Hand Reach staff members, and I have to say, they go above and beyond the call to ensure patients receive exceptional care.

Becken and her staff were sending emails at 3am on behalf of our patient, a 15 month old boy who was severely burned and needed air ambulance service. Becken personally sat down and called every single air ambulance company she could find to ask for assistance. I know this because I called the companies as well and was told that they already spoke to Becken. Not only did Hand Reach help in that capacity, but they also sponsored the patient and his mother’s housing and meals while he received treatment.

Hand Reach is a blessing! Thank you for all that you do for burn victims around the world.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing work, allowing humans all over the world to live with dignity and be productive. Restores hope to all those who are and might be affected.

4 Cathy121

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization does important and wonderful work. I have been privileged to be associated with HandReach this past year and appreciate all they do for those in need of the help they provide.

4 Karen437

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brecken Chinn, Executive Director of HandReach, is one of the most dedicated and caring individuals I have ever met. She walks her talk. She cares deeply about the people that HandReach serves. I have volunteered for a couple of her events. Everyone involved is committed to helping burn survivors have their very best lives. I know that every dollar I donate to HandReach will be put to good use. Bless them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HandReach has made it possible for me to realize my dream . . . to bring the healing work of massage and burn scar therapy to burn survivors. Through HandReach's help we were awarded a grant to get the Massage and Burn Scar Therapy program started and funded. Thank you HandReach for believing in our mission to improve the quality of life of burn survivors through effective and compassionate Massage and Burn Scar Therapy.