Changing the World,
One Child at a Time

Who We Are

Hands Across the World provides free plastic and reconstructive surgical care, training, education and sustainability to those in need in developing countries. Our dedicated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, therapists and volunteers who donate their time and skills and help thousands of patients in the areas of hand abnormalities, birth defects, cleft lip and palate, tumors, and burn scar contractures.

We have changed the lives of over 2000 children during our 20 years of service. Our goal is to expand excellent medical and surgical care through our viable partnerships, reaching even more children in resource-limited regions around the world. And you can help!

Learn more about us, what we do, and how you, too, can help make the world healthier and happier!

Changing the World, One Child at a Time.

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Our organization is funded entirely by donations. Typically, this consists of supplies and/or money given by organizations and hospitals, or perhaps by individuals, just like you. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, we keep very low administrative overhead costs, which allows us to ensure that more than 95% of all donations go directly to patient care.


Hands Across the World is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the IRS and all donations are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

Pure Medicine: Beyond The Mission

Experience these 10 and 30 minute documentaries to understand the heart and soul of Hands Across the World! Brought to you by Michelle Addington and Honua Films. Edited by Andrew Chastney, whose work includes, “Planet Earth,” and “Life.”

Viewer discretion advised:
this video contains graphic medical content.

Hands Across the World is working on a mobile, cost-efficient way to bring our surgical care to patients in the most remote of locations. In addition to poverty and lack of funds, many people go untreated and in-need of medical care because they cannot get to a hospital or clinic for help. Introducing tinyOR!

tinyOR provides us a hospital-on-wheels, so to speak, so we can more easily reach patients in isolated areas. Our mobile hospital provides a preoperative triage area, a fully-functional operating room with the ability to offer anesthetics and a substerile instrument room.

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Upcoming Fundraiser

The 2022 fundraiser was a great success!
Please stay tuned for details on our next event.

Our Next Mission

We’ve completed the February 2023 mission to the Amazon Rainforest of Coca Ecuador. Our next mission will be scheduled in January of 2024!

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