Our Story

From a question to a life long mission

This is the journey of how it all started…

“Are you interested in this project?”

The question posed by Peter Leeper, a high school engineering teacher, wasn’t really a question for high school sophomore Connor Hart. Connor always loved tough challenges that made him think, develop new skills, and explore new ideas that could help people.  So when asked if he wanted to help with a project to make a young girl a 3D-printed prosthetic, he jumped a the chance. He joined a team of three other students who with the help of Leeper, began making preparations to design and build a 3-D printed prosthetic for 7-year-old girl named Hope. The team researched, experimented, and tested models for months. A year after meeting Hope for the first time, they presented her with the final arm, personalized just for her. Hope had a huge smile on her face when she got  to use the arm for the first time. She would run around using the arm to pick up balls and throw them, test to see which items around her house she could pick up, and giving high fives to her family.

Hope and team

The students formed the Hands of Hope club shortly after completing Hope’s arm. They worked with several other kids to create personalized prosthetics but it wasn’t long before the school decided to drop the club from the lack of interest from students. Connor, however, didn’t want to see this unique opportunity stop. In 2018, Connor Hart officially founded The Hands of Hope Foundation so that kids could continue to be empowered by 3-D printing technology.

We Are Committed To Helping Others

The fall after graduating highschool, Connor became a student at Cedarville University. The mission and vision for Hands of Hope only continued to grow as he made new connections, gained partners, and secured a small office small for the newly established foundation. With so many students on campus, Connor knew that he would be able to find people who had a passion for helping people that could come alongside him and make the foundation possible. And thus started the Cedarville chapter of the Hands of Hope Foundation.

Now, at our site on Cedarville University’s campus, we are training student volunteers each semester  in 3-D printing, process research, and prototype development. Our goal is to equip these students with the knowledge and the skills they need to help empower kids not only in their own communities but in communities around the world.

We Are Locally And Globally Minded

Over the past couple of years we have been able to expand our reach from local communities to communities around the world. This past year, we had the opportunity to partner with people from Myanmar and Columbia. We are continuously looking for ways that we can equip leaders in other countries so that they can serve the disability community in their respective areas.

Join the cause.

Participate in a worldwide ministry that seeks to empower, encourage, and equip the limb different community. You can make a difference, one hand at a time.