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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1 person found this review helpful

HandReach is one of the best examples you'll ever come across of how small really is beautiful. The number of kids and others it has helped and continues to help, and the extent of the difference it has made in their lives, are out of all proportion to its size. From its remarkable Exec.Director Brecken Chinn to its most occasional of helpers, everyone associated with HandReach puts their shoulders to the wheel in the most extraordinary way. HandReach is the very definition of a great non-profit.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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6 people found this review helpful

HandReach is an amazing organization, with its noble mission of helping all children get equal opportunities of education and life. The Children's Healing Initiative (CHI) program helps the children who are severely burnt or amputated to get back the mobility so that they can live a productive life, which they wouldn't possibly have otherwise. HandReach has helped many individual children, and is strategically moving from a direct service provider to focusing on changing the system so that much more children can be helped. In order to do that, it needs more funding and resources. I hope people will support HandReach to achieve its goals and help all the needy children.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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12 people found this review helpful

HandReach strives to tackle one of the world's most pressing and intractable problems -- pediatric trauma injuries. The world's poorest children are at highest risk of burns and traumatic amputations, two of the very most complex and expensive conditions to treat. HandReach is committed to helping children, no matter how poor or how severe their injury, have access to full rehabilitation and a happy, productive life!

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

I've seen children's lives literally be saved. Kids have gained badly-needed surgeries, intubation, prosthetics, grafts, physical and occupational therapy, and lots and lots of love!

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

Help it gain more funding! The work is enormous, and HandReach is doing its best to make innovative use of resources to create deep impact over the long run.

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

working with unbelievably caring, loving people to make a real difference for children suffering from some of the most devastating injuries in the world.

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

smart, committed, loving, and simply amazing! HandReach is truly bringing together some of the best hands in the world to help them reach to where the need is greatest.

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

create a worldwide network to provide desperately-needed treatment and rehabilitation for child burn survivors. There would be nowhere in the world a child could be injured that was out of reach of care.

Ways to make it better...

we could do more! It's heartbreaking to see children whose conditions are so severe that desperately-needed surgeries or treatment is simply out of reach.

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

Funding! Burns are simply the most expensive condition to treat, and those most badly injured are usually the world's poorest children whose families bankrupt themselves trying to get needed care but simply can't afford it.

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

HandReach is right there in the trenches, helping kids and families face the terror and pain of burn injuries and amputations with hope, love, and joy. Until burns and amputations no longer happen, HandReach's work will be crucial to a healthy world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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