Hands Across The Nation (HATN)
HATN is a non-profit organization that works in Bolivia (South America) and Mali (West Africa) to provide the local residents with basic necessities that allow individuals to live more productive lives. HATN is completely run by volunteers with no paid employees. Every dollar that they raise or donation that is given directly benefits the people in the communities that HATN serves.
Greg Madeley is the founder and executive director of the organization. He is a dynamic individual with a passion for helping people. Every spare moment he has away from his work at Sick Kids is dedicated to Hands Across The Nation.
Mali is the poorest country in Africa with a high infant mortality rate and an average life expectancy of 45 years. Starting in 1994 Greg and his organization have worked in a village called Mana in Mali, West Africa. With his team they have built a school and dormitories and recently they finished building a health care center that is serving 5000 people from surrounding villages. HATN is also helping to improve the health of villagers by providing clean sources of drinking water. Similar work is being done in villages in Bolivia.
Greg is very excited about the future of Hands Across The Nation. With the success of the past projects many other villages are requesting Greg’s help. He has a board of directors that helps to choose the projects that will have the greatest benefit from limited resources.
Vernon Technology Solutions became involved with HATN through the donation of computers for the doctors at the health center. The computers allow the doctors to electronically record patient information and other services that the doctors provide.
Vernon is proud to support Hands Across The Nation. You can get more information at www.hatncanada.org.