HANDREACH

Rating: 4.96 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health, International

Location: 105 Grant Avenue Newton MA 02459 USA

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.  

Results: http://lauramadden.wordpress.com/2011/02/20/minghe-video-for-handreach/
Target demographics: Children with burn injuries worldwide.
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am new to HandReach within the past year, and the group' mission - serving severly traumatized children - is one of the most rigteous and courageous of any non-profit Ihave ever known. t is a spiritually rewarding experience to be involved with this group!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our first experience with HandReach was to help them by hosting Shiwei, a Chinese toddler, and his mother for a couple of month. Shiwei had been severely burned as an infant when his blanket caught on fire. For us, it was life-changing to witness first-hand the critical impact that HandReach had on the life of this innocent small child as they helped him come to Boston for surgery at Shriners. Our connection with HandReach took hold and we have since seen several adorable yet badly injured small children achieve the hope of a normal life thanks to HandReach. With its committed volunteers, HandReach is making a real difference in the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks for the opportunities that allowed me to work with the most adorable burn survivors in China! Handreach has accomplished an incredible journey with limited resources thanks to the leadership and hard work by every volunteer. There is much more to do to reach to those little hands who are reaching for our help. Please help Heandreach in every way you can. Thank you!! Physical Therapist, volunteer , Li Li

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Handreach really has taken on an unbelievably challenging mission of providing medical care in a field that disproportionately affects the poorest people who are least able to afford it. Burn and amputee care is very important and there aren't enough options available to the survivors of trauma in many parts of the world. Handreach gives them hope to recover, rehabilitate, and live full lives after a horrible tragedy. Handreach's patients truly are survivors, not victims. I've had the opportunity to work with this charity and go to China to witness firsthand the impact of the rehabilitation, care, and support given by Handreach's excellent team of doctors, nurses, and other volunteers. The children's lives are truly transformed and you can see a tremendous change in their attitude as they are given a second chance at life.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

Handreach does amazing things for burn victims in China. When other agencies have written off victims as beyond hope, Handreach steps up to help. It is a wonderful organization that does amazing work focusing attention on those who have lost hope.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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6 people found this review helpful

Wonderful charity. I'm happy to contribute to a group that provides help to young burn victims. I've witnessed the results of the good works done by this charity; I've seen the new life this charity has given to those who were thought to be hopelessly scarred.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've witnessed the results of the good deeds done by this organization. I've seen burn victims begin life anew and face the world with hope and dreams of possibilities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The person with whom I've had direct contact at this charity is truly an inspiration.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The person with whom I've had direct contact at this charity is truly an inspiration.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many more people and do much more good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

HandReach has been my life for the past 10 years. Through its work, I have seen injured children's lives be transformed from utter hopelessness to "the sky's the limit." Our donors, volunteers, and Board members are among the most outstanding people I've ever had the pleasure to work with.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the incredible opportunity of working with the HandReach organization in Beijing, China. We worked with an incredible team who provided a wide range of clinical services to children with burn injuries. It was overall a unique and fulfilling experience. I had the opportunity to present scientific research at a clinical conference as well as participate in the clinical interventions in the hospital. Our team provided therapeutic drumming as a subset of psychosocial services being offered to the children. We had a great time and the patients and staff greatly appreciated our presence.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the hospital setting in Beijing. All who participated in our services benefited including the children, Beijing staff and our team.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it grow and reach a larger population of pediatric patients in the U.S. and around the world.

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3 people found this review helpful

I was involved in this organization mainly at the beginning of this organization. I got to know some incredible human beings who devoted their lives to helping those under-privileged.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a distributor of a micro-grand to China, I am glad to see that the most under-privileged kids got the help from us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

HandReach is an amazing charity run by a great group of people. If you want to put your time or money toward a good cause, work with HandReach and you can be assured that 100% of your efforts will go directly toward the children that need help the most. This cause truly inspired me and I know that I will continue to support their efforts for the rest of my life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization during the Chase Community Giving Program. I was actively involved in the campaign and in the end we were named one of the top 100 charities across the country and we received a $25k donation!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changed to this organization, I would try to make it prominent in more cities across the U.S. I think this is an organization that should be represented across the country so that more people would know about their efforts.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the results of the hard work we put into all of our fund raising efforts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible, hard working and always having fun.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

really create a model for burn care that would save the lives of millions of people around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could share this non-profit with more people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funds, but you can help!

One thing I'd also say is that...

the experience I had with HandReach was amazing and I hope that I can inspire other people to get involved!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

HandReach is unique in its mission and purpose which makes it a very valuable non-profit. I believe in the founder and her staff. I believe my money is not only going to a great cause but is being utilized to the fullest. HandReach gives severely burned children their lives back. What can be better than that?

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

At a fundraiser I met a child who was able to walk again on prosthetic legs and have heard of others whose lives have been changed through the work of this non-profit. Just amazing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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