South Florida twins make and deliver prosthetics to international aid organization

David and Jonathan Tamen have more in common than their DNA. The Miami Beach twins share a passion for technology and improving the quality of life for those in need.

On International Youth Day, a special day of awareness observed on August 12, Food for the Poor recognized the Tamen brothers for their positive contributions to individuals and families in Haiti.

Earlier this year, David and Jonathan delivered eight 3D-printed prosthetic arms to Food For The Poor to help children in Haiti who had lost limbs to injury or illness.

The brothers created the prosthetics at Miami Beach Senior High, where they found their nonprofit, Helping Hands MB, and the 3D Printing Club. The club also collected various toys, including a Barbie doll with prosthetic limbs, for children living in orphanages in Haiti.

“We have been so fortunate to have the support of the community to help us provide relief to the families we serve in so many ways,” said Ed Raine, President and CEO of FFTP. “But when it comes from young people, it is particularly significant. Seeing compassion in our youth encourages us all to do what we can.

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The brothers have helped Food for the Poor with other donations, such as plastic face shields for first responders in Haiti and non-perishable food for earthquake victims. They also fitted a 7-year-old boy from Puerto Rico with a prosthetic hand. The boy was able to play catch immediately.

“I was really nervous at first,” David said. “But when I saw the smile on his face when he was able to pick something up for the first time in his life, it warmed my heart to see that.”

The Tamen twins graduated from Miami Beach Senior High last spring and began their college careers. David is studying mechanical engineering at Boston University and Jonathan is studying community planning at Clark University.

Although they are miles away, they have no intention of stopping Helping Hands MB. In fact, future expansion is on the way for their non-profit organization.

“We are moving to another state, but we want to continue working with Food for the Poor and our fellow high school students,” Jonathan said. “We are trying to connect with different leaders and upcoming students to continue our work in South Florida so that we can both expand our project to Boston.”

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