In 2000, PHI was first chartered in Texas by the founders as a 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization (NGO) under the name of Sonrie Ministries, Inc. Although the name Sonrie (which is Spanish for "smile") was meaningful to the organization's founders, it was later realized that the name did not adequately convey the genuine purpose or operation of the organization. Also, Sonrie Ministries was a humanitarian organization, as opposed to a religious one, and having "Ministries" in the name was not a satisfactory representation of the work performed by the organization.
In 2010, the organization was relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. The name was then legally changed from Sonrie Ministries, Inc. to Prosthetic Hope International, Inc. (PHI). Since that time, our scope has expanded to include both prosthetic (artificial limbs) as well as orthotic (orthopedic braces) devices. The on-going success of our flagship project, Project Hope Belize, encouraged us to replicate this model in our collaborative Prosthetic & Orthotic Community Clinic at the Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta.
In order to support the extraordinary costs associated with the provision of P&O clinical services, PHI now operates the Prosthetic & Orthotic Component Clearinghouse (P.O.C.C. – rhymes with FOXY) in order to obtain new and used materials and components. This project, started by PHI founder Robert Kistenberg in 2007, has distributed over 2 tons of P&O goods since its inception, thereby providing immeasurable assistance for hundreds needing P&O care and keeping useful P&O goods from becoming landfill.
Snapshots of our annual activities can be found in our Annual Reports