How We Work

Our approach to administering development assistance is dependent on our ability to create partnerships with motivated, self-driven communities. We focus on creating partnerships to ensure our development aid leads to community growth from the grassroots – led by the people, for the people. We listen to communities to foster genuine relationships and leverage local knowledge systems. This allows us to allocate our resources effectively while remaining confident that our initiatives are in the best interest of the communities we serve. We also recruit local changemakers to form HATN subsidiaries in all of the areas that we work: in Bolivia, we have established MANOS and in Mali we have TEGEW. Our local representatives are critical to HATN’s success.

Hands Across the Nations is committed to making a positive impact on the social and economic conditions of the developing world. Our work targets vulnerable low-income and low-capacity marginalized groups living in isolated rural areas. We work with them to help sustainably improve their living conditions.

Mission Statement

‘Sustainability’ is a word with many interpretations.

For us, it’s successful community ownership.

Investing for the Long-Term

Development work is a continual learning experience. Uncertainty means that things do not always go as planned, so we manage our projects adaptively. Our core values are accountability and trust – expected from both us and the communities we work in. This is why we operate in communities for years at a time. Good intentions without ongoing help and guidance often do more harm than good. Helping a community grow is a long-term investment. It does not happen overnight by the success of a single project. This is why we implement multiple projects related to water, health, and education in each of our communities. It takes work to make lasting change.

Accommodating Our Partners

HATN does not specialize in specific types of projects. The solutions we pursue are those determined to be most appropriate for the current capacity of the community. Over time, we consider our intervention to be a success when communities can fully take ownership and independently manage all of the projects we have helped them implement. It also needs to be demonstrated that their overall quality of life has increased. This means reliable access to safe water, proper sanitation and hygiene, access to health care, and access to a quality education. In addition to projects, we also run programs, hire local qualified personnel, and sponsor HATN representatives.

COUNTRIES OF OPERATION

Data retrieved from the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report (2016).
Rankings are out of 188 countries.

COUNTRIES OF OPERATION

Data retrieved from the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Report (2016).
Rankings are out of 188 countries.

Active Partnerships

For information on past community partnerships, click here.

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