Hands Around The World

Hands Around The World helps children and young people disadvantaged through poverty, disability or otherwise vulnerable, in partnership with locally-managed centres in Africa and India.

  • We also support well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing and friendship.
  • We work with our volunteers and partners to:
  • Support schools, youth training centres and workshops providing education and training for vulnerable children and teenagers.
  • Develop initiatives at each centre such as vegetable growing, poultry rearing and honey production aiming to improve the nutrition of the children and both generate income and develop the centre’s sustainability.

HATW currently works with partners in Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Benin and India, all of which are being supported to become self-sustaining. We also offer occasional support to a few centres where we have historical links.

Every day, through our overseas partners and the generosity of our volunteers and supporters, HANDS AROUND THE WORLD (HATW) helps more than 3000 vulnerable children around the world, by providing the things that we often take for granted.

We strive for happy, healthy children who are safe, cared for, listened to, well fed, clothed, housed and in school. We choose to support some of the most needy – often orphaned girls, sometimes with disabilities.

Every day, the centres we support help 3000+ vulnerable children in 5 different countries; ensuring they are clothed and fed, have a home and are receiving an education.



“HANDS AROUND THE WORLD’S volunteers are encouragers and skill-sharers sent overseas in response to needs expressed to us.

The kind of volunteers we place include people with child care experience, builders, teachers, agriculturists, occupational and physiotherapists, and many more.  Volunteers share more than just their skills – caring, boundless enthusiasm and a sense of humour are essential, as are the ability to cope with creepy crawlies and basic accommodation!

Volunteers are unpaid and will normally go in twos and threes.  Couples will be considered, volunteering together.  We have so far sent over 550 volunteers since 1994, mostly to sub-Saharan Africa.

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