Assembling and fitting prosthetic hands to victims of landmines and war.
Build A Hand
Ideally a group of at least 20 works together to build a set of 10 hands.
It takes two people two hours to construct one hand.
The hands come in 34 pieces and each couple needs to follow instructions to put them together.
There is a great sense of achievement when the prosthetic hand is assembled and operational.
A photo of the hand builders and a message from them are included with the hand and delivered to the recipient.
When a kit of 10 hands is purchased a facilitator will be provided free of charge by the Hands On Project to oversee the construction process.
Change a Life
So far over 1000 hands have been fitted by Hands On Project Teams in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Laos. Further trips are currently being planned.
We partner with local organisations such as Rotary Clubs and rehabilitation centres to arrange "Fitting Days" where the recipients are fitted and trained how to use their new prosthetic hand.
Hands are delivered to the recipient by registered volunteers of Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS)
Make a Connection
The Hands On Project is unique in the way it delivers hands and connects the builders with the recipients. A photo and a message from the recipient is given to the people who built the hand in Australia.
There are estimated to be 384,000 people with one or two hands missing from landmine accidents, many of which are children.
There are around 120 million landmines still set in the world.
Landmines are being cleared at a rate of 100,000 per year.
There are 2000 accidents per month.
Many people are also victims to cluster bombs, large ordnance which contain small "bombies" which remain unexploded in the ground.