Hands to Hearts Int'l Reaches 100,000 Lives!
What began as a caregiver training for a few orphanages in southern India has blossomed into something of a phenomenon. Now, in less than six years, HHI is tipping the massive milestone of reaching 100,000 people! We have trained mothers, fathers, health workers, midwives, day care and orphanage workers. They, in turn, are providing better care, more love and improved health for the children they care for.
Yesterday, as the world’s population tipped seven billion people, HHI hosted a training for 14 Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) workers (similar to US Head Start teachers) in Sanahula village and two additional mommy trainings in the remote area of Orissa, India.
Here’s Laura, HHI’s founder and executive director, with HHI trainers and the ICDS workers, all from different villages in India. Each one of them will be able to take what they’ve learned back to their village and share it with coworkers, families of the children they care for, their own family and friends and the list goes on. This is how HHI’s ripple effect has enabled us to reach far more than the 100,000 people we’ve directly impacted!
Last year at this time HHI celebrated touching 40,000 lives. Through a partnership with Medical Teams International in Uganda and expanded services in India we've grown tremendously to reach this milestone.
Laura was able to celebrate with local mommies, ICDS workers and HHI’s trainers yesterday. She’s also hosting HHI’s annual Trainer’s Conference before heading off to Singapore to present at The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Early Childhood Development.