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


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.

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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a burn survisor and serve as a board member. I watched HandReach to grew and develop since of 2006. I was the first burn survisor to be helped by Handreach. After my accident, I did not receive good care and my life was filled with emptiess with no future. At Shriner's Hospital, I recieved the best care and with many people's help along the way, I am able to be who I am and stand where I am. One day, I told my mom, "I wish people could recieve the same care as me." In the last few years, I have involved in shaping HandReach's direction and have been to China few times with the HandReach team. Watch HandReach sponsor every kid, I am so happy and excited for them. Because the bright future awiats for them.


Client Served

Rating: 4

I was impressed immediately by a mission that is based on love rather then judgement. What a breath of fresh air in troubled times. I feel comforted knowing Handreach exists.


Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Handreach and their staff has been wonderful. They're extremely caring, thoughtful and will do almost anything to help a person in need. The caring trickles down from the woman in charge, who's on another level in terms of caring and helpfulness.