Give Hope A Hand Program

 

Rotarians Train the Trainer in Togo on LN4 Hand Prosthesis, by Jim Price

Breakwater Daybreak Rotarian Jim Price and Bethel Rotarian Ellie Andrews trained two volunteers on December 8 in Afagnan, Togo how to fit the LN4 hand and use it to grasp objects. The Togo volunteers, Madrid and Brandon, had assisted the recent Rotaplast mission, and expressed interest in the LN4 after viewing a DVD showing amputees using the prosthesis. Brandon has identified a 14 year old boy who lost his hand two years ago as a potential recipient. Ellie and Jim also trained a Rotaplast volunteer from Mexico who plans to take an LN4 hand to her Rotary Club in January.

 Madrid and Brandon shown here with the LN4.

 

Information from PDG Ann Lee Hussey … The Rotary Clubs of Casco Bay Sunrise and Portland are jointly sponsoring two informational and training events.  District International Chair Ilse Yanis has previously sent out notice to current club presidents and international chairs.  On behalf of the Casco Bay Sunrise Club, I want to be sure that you are all aware of this opportunity and please feel free to share this with any interested club members.

 

As many of you will recall, one of our speakers at our District Conference in May was PDG Candy Pierce who spoke on the Give Hope, Give a Hand Project, also 

known as the LN-4 Prosthetic Hand.  Many of you expressed an interest in learning more.  These hands, at the cost of only $50, give confidence, freedom, and an ability to work to those who have suffered a loss of a portion of their arm and hand.  They have been successfully distributed in many countries aiding victims of violence, accidents and land mines.  More information can be found at www.LN-4.org

 

Clubs can utilize this program as part of their International Service and individuals can learn how to fit a beneficiary and train them to use their new hand.  Once someone has this training they are then able to participate in volunteer trips overseas to deliver hands to those in need.  The Rotary Club of Portland is just one club that has such a trip planned for January.