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  Asia, Programs, Stories

Meet the Navaja family from the Philippines

For the past three months, our volunteers in Cebu City in the Philippines have been serving a 15-year-old boy, named Harvey Navaja, and his family. Harvey has four siblings: Harold who is 17 years old, Hanes who is 12 years old, Henry who is 6, and Harley who is just 4 years old. Their parents, Edgar and Christina, are expecting their sixth child. Our volunteers first met Harvey when a team was teaching in the public school he attended. Although he is very shy and quiet, Harvey is a good student; he listens closely to the teacher and participates in class. His father, Edgar, is a house  ...

  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  ...