At HANDS AROUND THE WORLD we want to change the state of the world by helping to change the hearts and minds of individuals.
- We aim to give people the opportunity to do a useful job of work, to share valuable skills and be genuinely helpful, whilst at the same time forging valuable links of friendship between individuals and communities and learning how much the people of the developing world can offer to us.
- We ask people to give of themselves, not only to raise funds but, more importantly, to give time, energy, talents and skills.
- We want people who are prepared not just to put their money where their mouths are, but to put themselves where their hearts are.
It has been said that work is love made visible – the work is very important, but we need volunteers who are also willing to hold out the genuine hand of friendship. Our hands around the world may get grubby and blistered, they may need to hold a sick child or comfort a grieving parent, they may sometimes just be asked to hold the hand of another; but there is always more to these hands than practical help alone.
- We believe that the best way to understand a country’s problems is to understand the needs of its people.
- We expect our volunteers to spend time preparing for their project, learning about the place of which they will for a short time become part, and then we want that learning curve to continue, not just during the project but afterwards.
- We want our volunteers to question injustice and unfairness; we want our volunteers to understand the problems of the developing world and see how sometimes others can exacerbate these problems; and then, most of all, we want our volunteers to be determined to be part of the solution.
Would you join hands with us?
Can you grasp the vision and work for it?
Will you give a hand instead of just a handout?
“We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many people in the world dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”
Mother Teresa (1910-1997)