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  Africa, Fundraising, Recognition, Stories

Conquering Kilimanjaro for THF

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free standing mountain in the world. By free-standing, I mean it is not part of a mountain range. The summit on Mount Kilimanjaro is called Uhuru Peak and stands at 5,895m or 19,341 feet. To put this in perspective, Mount Everest, stands at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) – just over 2,950 meters higher. What could be a more perfect challenge for USANA Associate, Danny Fontaine, who was inspired to raise money for the Foundation by inviting his friends to join him on a life changing expedition? In Danny’s words “When my friend  ...

  Africa, Service Projects, Stories

20 Minutes that Changed My Life

by Brian Paul     I was about 11 years old when I was exposed to the concept of charity. A life-changing injury ended my father’s physically demanding career and left my mother to provide for our family for the next several years. It was extremely difficult for her to make ends meet while taking care of my dad, my two sisters and me. The local church stepped in to help us with food, personal-care items and clothing. I remember the overwhelming excitement each month when my mom would open the trunk of the car and unload large cans of meat, vegetables and boxes of macaroni and  ...

  Latin America, Programs, Stories

UN DÍA PARA RECORDAR

La familia González-Valdivia recibiendo las llaves de su casa nueva. Si les dijera que 25 voluntarios se dirigían a Tijuana, México para construir una casa en menos de 8 horas con muy poca o sin experiencia alguna en el ámbito de la construcción, ¿qué dirían?   O que estoy loco o que es un grupo muy especial de personas, ¿verdad? Bueno, sí había un par de trabajadores experimentados para supervisar el proyecto, pero estos Distribuidores USANA y  los voluntarios participantes con nuestros socios en los Equipos Internacionales de Alivio (IRT, por sus siglas en inglés) realizaron la  ...

  Latin America, Programs, Stories

A Day to Remember

If I was to tell you that 25 volunteers were on their way to Tijuana, Mexico to build a house in less than eight hours with little or no construction experience what would you say? I’m either crazy or they are a very special group of people, right? Okay, so they did have a couple experienced workers overseeing the project but these USANA Associates and volunteers from our partners at International Relief Teams pulled off the task with flying colors. A bright shiny blue to be specific which was a bold contrast against the stark reality of the surrounding environment. It’s great  ...

  Europe, Programs, Stories

A glimmer of hope in Ukraine

Elizabeth is nine years old and lives in Ukraine with her mother, Galina, and her grandmother. When she was only five, her father left the family and attempted to renounce his parental rights so that he would not be required to pay child support. The local court forced him to continue to pay, but he has neglected to do so. The government gave Galina a temporary pension of about $15 per month, but it wasn’t enough. The family’s financial situation worsened in November, when Galina was diagnosed with cancer. Friends and relatives helped her pay for chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it was  ...