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  Europe, Programs, Stories

The Hoshim family in Tajikistan has been experiencing great hardship for some time now. Their father moved to Russia to look for work but unfortunately, he rarely sends money back, leaving the family to provide for themselves. With five young children, the mother, Svetlana, is busy just trying to take care of her little ones. The oldest boy, Ikrom, who is not even ten years old, now feels the heavy burden of providing for his family. Through our capable partners, one of our local volunteers has been able to start visiting them to provide help. He has built a relationship with the members  ...

  Europe, Programs, Stories

Svetlana from Ukraine

Svetlana lives in a small town right outside the conflict zone in Ukraine. Her hometown is riddled with violence due to the fighting between the Ukrainian Army and the Pro-Russian Rebels. Even after fleeing her home, she could not escape the dreadful effects of war. Artemovsk, the town she where she currently resides, has seen two battles within the village. The home of Svetlana and her family is surrounded by buildings that have been burned or destroyed. Thankfully, Svetlana lives in her new “home” with her two young children and husband. They are working together and doing their best to  ...

  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  ...