I organized myself the opportunity to test a "Helping Hand" (also known as LN 4 hand) myself.
You know, the one that are being built as a feel-good exercise by business people and others, and that are given away to people that seem in need. It has its own website [link]. The Ellen Meadows Foundation specifically empowers not amputees, but non-disabled people. Verbally, they claim in their mission statement: "Inspire change in the world by empowering individuals to use their hands to support putting hands on people in need. We will not stop until anyone who needs a prosthetic hand has access to one". About the hand, they write: "Originally Ernie intended to design a functional prosthetic hand for children and adolescent land mine victims. Over time he developed a design for a low-cost, light, durable, functional prosthetic hand. He knew that this would help all who need a prosthetic hand and who could not afford the available alternatives".
- They empower non-disabled people that have hands to use their hands. That is noble, I guess.
- They will not stop until anyone that needs a prosthetic hand has access to one. The definition of a prosthetic hand is wide open, I guess, but they precisely state their hand is functional and durable. That? We will see about that.