This is a charity I have enjoyed watching grow from helping one child into helping support an entire hospital and network of assistance for children with burn injuries and resultant scarring. Handreach has the vision to continue to grow while maintaining an excellent foundation.
I started working in HandReach about an year and a half ago. At the time, I organized a group of high school students to meet every weekend to plan and conduct activities for HandReach's charity purposes. This group eventually became the BeatBrigade, a team that utilizes music therapy and rhythm to promote community and healing. Since almost an year ago, the BeatBrigade has routinely gathered to rehearse and prepare for open drum circles. Some of the BeatBrigade members are now looking to go to the psychosocial camp in China this summer to initiate interactive drumming with patients in hospitals. Working in HandReach is both fun and rewarding. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and shares the common goal of reaching out to help others who are in need of assistance. I greatly admire HandReach's objectives: to provide for those unfortunate a bread-and-butter staple of the American foundations -- the principle of equal opportunity, deeply rooted reverence for human life, and above all, happiness.
HandReach helps some of the most disadvantaged and most remotely situated of China's poor. Everyone thinks of China as a growing economic superpower, but there is still massive poverty and need among its people in the vast countryside. This organisation, which already punches above its weight and has the potential to do so much more, gets in among those people and their needs, which are considerable and yet little publicised by comparison with those of other disadvantaged parts of the world.
True to its name, HandReach exists to reach out and hold the hands of children who suffer from debilitating injuries and bring them a better, normal and a happy life. I know of no other organization that works in such a challenging area, where the light at the end of the tunnel is so far away, but yet year after year continues to stay true to its founding principles and make a difference to the lives of kids who might not have survived if it weren't for the work done by HandReach.
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!