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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hands Across The Nations?How does HATN work?What kind of work does HATN do?What makes HATN unique?How does HATN decide where to work?How are donations used?How does HATN support its work?Is HATN affiliated with any church or denomination?Is HATN a registered charity?How can I get involved?
waterHands Across the Nation (HATN) is a charitable organization committed to making a positive impact on the social and economic conditions in the developing world. We are run by a team of Canadian volunteers who work to ensure the best use of our resources to development projects. HATN is also highly focused on “capacity building” – working within the same communities every year in order to maximize our impact and create complete solutions.
HATN helps people develop and sustain their own programs and solutions for long-term development. By concentrating our efforts in the same communities for several years, we establish partnerships with community leaders and other non-governmental organizations. With an emphasis on cultural respect and mutual involvement in our projects, our partnerships are instrumental in enhancing the quality of life of people in these communities. Our work is accomplished through volunteers both at home and overseas.
We focus on providing access to health, education and water. Some examples of our projects include: building schools, building medical and dental clinics, providing school and medical supplies, building greenhouses and installing water filters. We do not respond to emergencies.
We are a 100% Canadian volunteer organization. HATN is completely run by volunteers who give up their time and efforts to help the poor in developing countries. We invite individuals from all backgrounds to join our volunteer teams to volunteer here at home or abroad. This provides opportunities to experience the developing world in a personal way and also works to increase awareness of the on-going needs around the world.
HATN works in some of the world’s poorest communities where there are opportunities to make a significant impact on peoples’ lives with modest investments. Our focus is in areas where there is little or no access to clean water or electricity, high rates of preventable illness, and limited services like health care and schools.We currently work in Bolivia, South America and Mali, West Africa.
Funds are used to purchase materials and transfer skills that develop and strengthen local leadership and communities. HATN emphasizes the use of local resources and labour. Funds are invested in people, training and the building projects for the purpose of increased sustainable living in the community. HATN believes it is important for their supporters to know where their money is going. For this reason, we strive to ensure our administrative costs do not exceed 10% of our annual income. Visit our Financial page for further details.
The majority of our funds come from individual donors, foundations and corporations. We raise funds through various fundraising events throughout the year.
No. Hands Across the Nations welcomes and works with all religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Hands Across the Nations was founded by Greg and Donnalea Madeley. They envisioned an organization that followed and promoted a message of social equality, exemplified in the life of Christ. Hands Across the Nations shares these values of equality, humanitarianism and compassion with all the volunteers and the communities they serve.
Yes. HATN is recognized by Revenue Canada as a charitable organization. Our Charity Registration Number is: 86186-4122-RR0001. For residents of Canada, donations of $10 or more are eligible for tax credits. Receipts for income tax purposes will be issued at the end of the calendar year

Volunteer Abroad 
Bring whatever skills you have and travel with HATN to a project area as a member of one of our teams.Experience life in the developing world and work alongside the people in the community.

Volunteer in Canada 
As a volunteer organization, there are many ways to get involved here at home. We have an enthusiastic group of individuals who are committed to the vision of HATN.

Make a donation. 
You can provide financial assistance by supporting various projects in which we are involved. If you are interested in a particular area, we will work with you to ensure that your donation is used wisely.

You can make a real difference in the lives of struggling people around the world.

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If you cannot find an answer to your question or would like further details, please email We will attempt to respond to your request within 5 business days. 

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