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Our mission

The Touching Hands Project (THP) provides free hand surgery and hand therapy to adults and children in underserved communities around the world.

From children with deformities to adults with chronic pain or victims of unspeakable violence, the THP volunteers work to better the lives of patients who desperately need hand care. We send teams of hand surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and hand therapists to countries that have little access to medical care. Our work allows these patients to use their hands again, whether it's to hold their child, return to work, eat a meal, or put on their shoes. Your support, even in the smallest amount, can change a life.

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What We Do


Our surgeons perform free hand surgery on patients who do not have access to the proper healthcare.


Our medical teams do their best to visit countries more than once to follow up with patients they previously treated.


Post-surgery, our patients are seen by hand therapists who provide them with exercises to ensure a healthy recovery.


In addition to treating patients, our team spends time with local medical professionals to expand their knowledge of hand surgery.


After receiving care from our teams, many patients are able to return to work and begin contributing to their community again.


Our medical care gives children and adults the opportunity to live a happy and normal life, with healthy, functioning hands.

From Our Blog

Hand Day: Nashville

August 5, 2017 - More than 40 Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees gathered on August 5, 2017 for the inaugural Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Outreach Day. This event was in conjunction with the...

Vietnam: Day Thirteen

July 28, 2017 - Two weeks came and gone so fast. We wrapped up the hospital and packed the supplies. We saw 18 patients for their last follow up. We managed to get everything done by noon and headed back to the hotel.

Vietnam: Day Twelve

July 27, 2017 - Another hectic day a the clinic but we were able to get done early to get back to the hotel for the farewell party that the hospital was hosting for us tonight at 6:00 PM. Our team squeezed in 5 cases.

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