After spending one year on a Rotary Youth Exchange in Austria, 17 year-old Joanna Klimczak made friendships with young people from around the world. Throughout her experience she observed that although we, as humans, are born in different countries, have different cultural backgrounds and speak different languages, our hearts beat together as one. This unity is the key to solving our current global issues and to creating a compassionate world. For this reason, Hand in Hand International was born on October 16th 2009: to build global unity by spreading kindness and education around the world.