Stitching our Stories, Restitching our Lives
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Link Hands for Humanity is working to improve conditions for people throughout the world.
Each of our projects is designed to make maximum impact by investing in individuals' and communities' capacity for leadership. We believe that communities are best helped when they are empowered to help themselves, for inside of every community is the medicine for the people, a medicine that inherently respects the cultural values and traditions that are themselves part of this earth’s great heritage.
One hundred percent of every dollar goes directly to its goal. We have supported projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America and Europe. View a map showing the areas in which we work.
Link Hands has provided support to communities throughout India. Our projects have supported: the construction of eight medical clinics and the donation of medicines to several more; the start of six vocational education programs that give marginalized women the means to support their families; an orphanage and two schools for the poor; the reparation of homes destroyed by mudslides; surgeries for sick children; grants and micro-loans for the handicapped to start home businesses; relief for children orphaned by the typhoons; and an adopt-a-block program in Calcutta to provide medical care for the homeless.
For two years, Link Hands has been focused upon the survival and well being of the Tsataan people, an ancient nomadic tribe, whose life is centered on their reindeer herd. We have provided spring and fall vaccines for 1,700 reindeer. We brought in portable winter fencing, so the reindeer are better protected from attacking wolves. Also due to the low population of the herd and restrictions on their native hunting grounds, the Tsataan have lived at near starvation levels in the winter, so we have augmented their food stores.
Finally, we are working with the people on an ecological program to reduce and eliminate pollution from the garbage brought by tourists. The thrust of the work in the Tsaagan Nuur has been to provide access to medical treatment for poor children. We are also working on funding a project to bring a special ed teacher to educate deaf and dumb students.
In Huey Pu Keang village, near the Burmese border, we provided emergency rations for hungry families; mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria; as well as funding for malaria prevention training and the establishment of a medical clinic. We also purchased land on which villagers built houses, and created a farm.
The Nai Soi Community Learning Center has been our second effort. The center educates migrant students, opening the door to a college education and a better future. We have funded a mud brick cottage industry to provide long-term financial independence and sustainability; curricular materials, including books and a technology center; building renovations; and an organic garden project.
Link Hands assisted in building a rural clinic and school outside Siem Rep; donated funds to the children’s hospitals in Siem Reap; and provided school supplies to impoverished children. We maintain a scholarships fund for college students who are willing to dedicate part of their work to rebuilding Cambodia.
Through the Water for Women project in South Africa, women are developing water supply systems for household use. Water in Africa is life. Having a supply directly in the home frees women from hours spent transporting the water necessary for cooking, drinking, and cleaning, opening energy and time to better care for the needs of their children.
Because of the conflicts of war, some of the Bedouin settlements in Israel are not recognized by the government and therefore receive no water, electricity, or medical care. Funds from Link Hands were used to help finance a mobile, solar powered clinic to give medical assistance where none is available. Additional funds helped hire teachers and other facilitators working with abused women in shelters, helping them reacquire the life skills needed after long periods of suffering.
Europe and America
In North America and Europe, Link Hands provides financial support to the elderly and others who find themselves left outside of society’s safety net. In Louisiana, we provided money for school supplies, medicine and clothing for the children and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. In New Mexico, we have worked with some of the poorest school populations in the nation, creating innovative teacher development programs. In New York, we sponsored living stipends for two young doctors committed to community health. And in Ontario, Canada, we have created an ecological restoration, farming and retreat site, being run by our members, the majority of whom are residing in Quebec and Ontario.