Rotary Hands On Project
Assembling and fitting prosthetic hands to victims of landmines and war.
The Hands On Project is actively seeking Rotary Clubs, organisations and corporates who are interested in buying and assembling a set of hands.
The response and enthusiasm from Rotary Clubs, community organisations, businesses and individuals in supporting this project has been outstanding. We have built nearly 1800 hands in the last 4 years.
So far we have fitted and trained recipients to receive over 1500 hands in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Laos.
There are still many people across the world who would benefit from an artificial hand and more countries are currently being scoped.
We also welcome donations to the project as there are significant in-country costs that need to be covered for our hands to be received by the people who need them.
It takes about 2 hours for 2 people to assemble a hand. When a box of 10 hands is purchased, the project will provide a facilitator anywhere in Australia free of charge to guide the assembly process.
Once the hands are assembled a photo and a message are recorded from the builders.
The hands are then taken overseas by Rotary Australia World Community Service teams to distribute to those who need them.
The recipient is fitted and trained to use the hand, as are the rehab facilities where we work.
The recipient has a photo taken and often a message, which is sent back to the people who built the hand. That way there is a connection between the builders and the recipients.
Project Manager: Sally Charlton
Phone: 0407 609 741