"My body is so tired of working for so many years. Now my hands hold all my weight."
Dra. Ana Macedo:
"I feel happy to be able to use my time and my experience to deliver more quality of life
to those people that, otherwise, could never afford any treatment for their pain."
Mr. Natalino: "I'm really grateful for the work done by the Hands of the World's physiotherapists."
"I worked in coal production since I was 12,
today I feel a terrible pain in my back,
but can't afford to pay for a treatment."
"I'm homeless. During the last 30 years my work is to collect garbage through the streets.
I whole body hurts so much. But my income is enough only to my survival."
Maria Clara, 72 years old:
"I sell candies at traffic lights all day long. My feet hurt to death.
I need medical care, but I can't manage to pay for it."
João da Silva:
"I'm a retired smith. My overweight has brought me so many postur problems.
Thanks to Hands of World, I'm feeling so much better."
Dr. Paula Neves:
"I always wanted to help poor people,
there are so many of them over the world.
Today I'm a contributor to Hands of World project
and I can do it."
Like Mauro, so many people had accidents whose consequences could have been
eased by an adequate treatment, but do not have enough resources.
They just need a hand and that can be yours.
O Fábio has suffered an accident with consequences and he is recovering quickly
thanks to the contributors of the Hands of the World organization.
Mrs. Joana, 65,
lives in a public asylum.
She cannot walk without
an equipment help.
Recently she has noticed a decrease
in her pain as a result of the humanitarian
work of Hands of the World.
"I'm retired and widow, living alone.
Due to a degenerative desease,
the tendons of my arms were damaged.
If it wasn't for the work of the volunteer
physiotherapists from Hands of the World,
I couldn't do so many simple things."
"Once I faced an armed robbery and reacted. Due to that, I have lost some arm movements.
Hands of the World has helped me to have a better life since then"
Agnaldo, 57 years old:
"I have been working at a farm
and today some movements hurt so much.
The Hands of the World physiotherapists
brought relief to my suffering."
Hands of the World invite all physiotherapists, from all over the world to put the hands on, to help this enourmous
amount of needy people which most of the times can be healed with simple and cheap procedures, more than we can think.
With only 2 hours a week you can give your contribution to improve the quality of life of so many people in the world.
Many professionals are donating
more than 12 h monthly
to help peoples to be happier!
Dr. André de Vasconcelos:
"There are too many ways to do charity, but the Hands of the World's proposal
is one of the easiest and viable that I have ever known.
It is such a rewarding feeling being able to help those people that we see every day,
but most of us don't even realize their presence."
“Physiotherapy has played a fundamental role in all my life
as an athlete and it is such a great proud to be the Patron
of Hands of the World - Humanitarian Physiotherapy”
Lars Grael has started to sail when he was still a child influenced by the family of his mather, but his first important titles were only reached when he became his brother (Torben) Bowman in the Snipe class: 2 Brazilian Championships and the first World Championship. In the Tornado Class Lars really stood out as a Yachtsman, winning nothing less than 2 bronze medals, 5 South American Championships, 10 Brazilian Championships and several other important titles as the traditional Kiel Week in Germany. Lars has also represented Brazil in 2 more Olympics: Los Angeles 1984 (7th) and Barcelona 1992 (8th).
Apart from being a Yachtsman, Lars has always made a difference in the political side of sport, having occupied positions of leadership in some entities and classes in which he has sailed. After an accident in 1998 in the city of Vitória (state of Espírito Santo, Brazil), he was invited by the President of Brazil, Mr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso to integrate the board of INDESP - Institute of Development for Sports, a local authority linked to the then Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Due to his always steady, correct and passionate posture in defense of the National Sport, Lars ascended to several positions reaching out to the National Sports Secretary in the Fernando H. Cardoso government. At the end of this government, he was invited by the Governor of Sao Paulo, Mr. Geraldo Alckmin to lead the State Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, where he stood until March 2006.
Currently, Lars dedicates his life as a Yachtsman to the Star Class, where he won several important titles including five continental titles (four south americans championships), the traditional Bacardi Cup in USA and the Ocean Class. In addition, he lectures all over Brazil, where he talks about overcoming; turn it up; team spirit; innovation; accident prevention; sports politics and shares for people with disabilities in companies.
Today he is considered one of the most highly rated speakers on the market with over 500 lectures given.