Today, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation unveiled Hope and Healing International as one of the highest-scoring proposals, designated as the Top 100, in its 100&Change competition.
100&Change is a distinctive competition that is open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world. This competition awards a single $100 million grant to one of the Top 100 proposals that identifies a problem and offers a solution that promises significant and durable change.
Hope and Healing International recognizes that people with disabilities are among the most marginalized worldwide. They are especially passionate about helping children with disabilities as they face an even higher risk of stigma, abuse, neglect and death because of their disabilities. Although 38 million people need prosthetics or orthotics (P&Os) annually, less than 10% are actually able to access them. Without these assistive devices, people with physical impairments can’t go to school, gain employment or even perform daily living activities or engage with their communities – all resulting in a cycle of disability and poverty.
Hope and Healing International’s proposal involves the disruption of traditional P&O production methods to make room for the use of 3D printing technology, which would dramatically improve device availability. Globally, 3D printing technology diminishes the wait and cost for prosthetics.
Access to devices alone, however, won’t solve the crisis. Hope and Healing’s proposal will not only establish Centers of Excellence, which will produce and fit devices, but also facilitate ability-centered initiatives for children and adults with disabilities so they can learn and grow. These centers will dismantle discrimination, foster empowerment and bring inclusive programming into existing learning platforms.
Hope and Healing International is partnering with Nia Technologies, CURE International, American Leprosy Missions, Right to Play, National Ability Center, Victoria Hand and Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation to propose this bold solution.
The proposals in MacArthur’s Top 100 represent the top 21 percent of competition submissions. All of the proposals were rigorously vetted, undergoing MacArthur’s initial administrative review, a Peer-to-Peer review, an evaluation by an external panel of judges, and a technical review by specialists whose expertise was matched to each project.
Each proposal was evaluated using four criteria: impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. MacArthur’s Board of Directors will select up to 10 finalists from these high-scoring proposals this spring.
“I am thrilled to announce that we are officially in the top 100 candidates of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change grant submissions,” said Beth Jost-Reimer, Chief Strategy Officer of Hope and Healing International. “This was our goal and our prayer, and we are very grateful for this blessing. We believe this big, beautiful plan will revolutionize prosthetics and orthotics the world over and make P&Os accessible for millions of people in need and waiting.”
The Bold Solutions Network launched today and features Hope and Healing International as one of the Top 100 from 100&Change. The searchable online collection of submissions contains a project overview, 90-second video, and two-page factsheet for each proposal. Proposals in the Bold Solutions Network undergo extensive evaluation and due diligence to ensure each solution promises real and measurable progress to accelerate social change.
Take a look through the Bold Solutions Network to learn more about Hope and Healing’s proposal.