Dear Friends,

In August 2008, our organization started with only an aspiration: could we make prosthetic care more accessible by creating a new type of device.

Members of the original core team brainstorm design ideas

Members of the original core team brainstorm design ideas

Five years and many prototypes later, the OpenSocket, our rapid-fitting, highly-functional prosthetic arm is in use by 96 people and actively being provided to many more. Just last week, our friends from Rotary fit OpenSockets to three people in Honduras.

Rotarians from the United States and Honduras work together to fit Hector with an OpenSocket. Photo credit: Alejandra Coronel

Rotarians from the United States and Honduras work together to fit Hector with an OpenSocket. Photo credit: Alejandra Coronel

Next week, our partners at Wuku’ Kawoq will provide 7-10 more people with prosthetic arms using the OpenSocket. In January a team of prosthetists from Indianapolis will head to Sierra Leone to perform even more fittings.

These upcoming events illustrate how the aspirations of our organization havechanged and grown. Our primary focus now is making the OpenSocket accessible to even more people by increasing our production capabilities and building new partnerships at home and abroad. We remain committed to the mission of increasing access to prosthetic care.

While we are more excited than ever about this work, our organization is undergoing some changes. As many of you know, Jonathan Naber, one of our initial founders and field director in Latin America, has begun his master’s degree program at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Adam Booher, our current President, (and driving force behind manufacturing) will be starting a new full-time job apart from Bump.

These changes are going to affect how Bump operates on a daily basis. We may no longer be operating as a full-time, "9-to-5" organization. However, Bump is much larger than just the names and faces you see on our website. We have been incredibly inspired by the engagement of people in the community around our organization. There is so much energy and support for this work that it cannot help but continue.

We’ll be working hard over the next few months to design the best way for this mission to continue. Some things may slow down for awhile, but we expect to emerge with even more momentum going forward.

Please contact us if you have any comments, questions or ideas.

Sincerely,

The Bump Team