Hands Across The Water
In 2004 the Boxing Day tsunami hit South East Asia. Over 230,000 people in 14 countries died. 3,500 people died in the Khao Lak area of Thailand alone. Peter Baines, a former Australian Detective Inspector was deployed to Thailand to assist with the identification of the victims.
After leaving Thailand, Peter committed to helping those he had left behind – focusing on the 32 children he met who were left without families. As a result Hands Across the Water was formed with a founding, non-negotiable principle that 100% of all donations would be spent on the projects and no donors’ money would be used for administration or fundraising operations in Australia.
Over the past 10 years Hands’ has increased its support from building the first home in Khao Lak to supporting 270 children in seven homes across Thailand. Its focus on providing care for the long term now sees 27 of those children undergoing university studies.
To enable Hands to continue the work it does in Thailand, Hands engages with corporate partners in a number of ways, some of which are below.
Corporate Bike Rides
With staff engagement, personal growth and leadership as a focus, Hands works with many corporates to facilitate tailored life-changing bike rides in Thailand for their staff and clients. Full company branding and integration are assured.
Social Venture Program
Focusing on leadership and growth, this program is held in Thailand and facilitated by Hands Founder, Peter Baines, OAM. The program is an opportunity to create meaningful lasting change whilst at the same time feeding the soul of those involved.
As part of the sustainability for our homes in Thailand, Hands operates two sewing rooms producing a merchandise range of the highest quality. We provide businesses with the opportunity to purchase essential conference and corporate gift merchandise in an ethical and affordable way.
Hands Across the Water Corporate Social Responsibility