The Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation (GHHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and availability of health care in Guatemala through education, hand surgery, and hand therapy. Specializing in the treatment of upper extremity congenital conditions, burns, and injuries, we reach the Guatemalan population through 12-day medical missions led by a team of specialized and skilled surgeons, therapists, and dedicated volunteers.


GHHF is a direct outgrowth of the 2004 Vargas International Hand Therapy Teaching Award established by the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) to foster the exchange of educational ideas between therapists in the United States and therapists in a developing nation.

Inspired by the impact and results of the 2004 Vargas trip to Guatemala, GHHF’s founding members recognized this unique opportunity to offer physicians, therapists, nurses, students, and volunteers the ability to take part in a cross cultural educational experience.