Teaching the Eternal Joy of Service
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Here For Kids International (HFK) is a certified non-profit that was founded in 2010 in the San Francisco Bay Area. HFK partners with international relief organizations to send collegiate students abroad to serve at-risk children through sports ministry; other team projects include tutoring and construction. It is truly through our service that we honor others. We believe that the formation of intergenerational, cultural and socioeconomic relationships build bridges of unity and bring greater understanding to our responsibility and participation within our global community. It is when we enter into communities all over the world that we realize that we are a part of a much greater narrative; we have much to learn and much to share.
Sport is a universal language that teaches the importance of leading lives of high moral character and the necessity and embracement of team participation. We believe that sport is a platform to share in the love of Christ and incorporate identity-defining teaching into the everyday moments and activities of life.
Here For Kids International is a ministry that emerged out of a love for sports and the need for child development and recreation. In 2003, President and Founder Randy Farris was invited by Kids Alive National Directors to run soccer camps in Dominican Republic for at-risk children. After years of partnership, the planted seed grew from a single coach’s personal experience to a non-profit that now reaches a multitude of collegiate athletes. Children love sports and games. College students love children. A natural relationship and expression of love blossoms when the two meet. Since 2010, Here For Kids has sent hundreds of students overseas from dozens of university campuses. Over the years, the non-profit has grown and will continue to grow by God’s grace.
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We partner with organizations in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Peru to send college students to serve thousands of impoverished at-risk children.
Here for Kids International (HFK) is entering its sixth year of operation, and each year we are so encouraged by the overwhelming desire to serve, and the enthusiasm spurring the continual expansion and growth of our international trips. Founded in 2010 by Randy Farris, HFK is a certified non-profit in the San Francisco Bay Area that partners with Christian international relief organizations by sending college students to serve at-risk children through sports ministry, tutoring, and construction. We believe in "teaching the eternal joy of service" and that all people are “blessed to be a blessing”. In just 5 years of operation HFK has ministered to over 1,200 children worldwide and has provided life-changing perspectives for hundreds of college students from all over the United States.
Our Vision We envision a world full of hope, health and happiness, wherein all children are fed, clothed and lead lives of dignity and high moral character. Moreover, we desire a global population of both children and adults committed to a spiritually-centered Christian foundation who recognize the joy of service, and who are dedicated to establishing and maintaining a world where there is no disadvantaged child, no child in need and no child living without hope.
Our Mission To educate the general public regarding the benefits of serving those who are disadvantaged and to provide spiritual guidance and charitable assistance to impoverished and at-risk children and youth.
We are "blessed to be a blessing".
James Randy Farris, President and Founder.
Stephanie M. Romo, Director of Operations.
Paulina Machi, Director of Leader Development.
Taylor Christensen, Accounts Executive.
Mackenzie Ring, Accounts Assistant.
Victoria Shimkus, Accounts Assistant.
Wilita Sanguma, Board Member & Leadership Training.
hereforkidsintl @ gmail.com
86 Coral Dr. Orinda, CA 94563
(408) 334 - 8256
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True Story: A 6 year old Dominican child (JR) sat in the lap of a St. Mary’s college student (Bill) on the last day of a Here For Kids trip. For a week they laughed and played, sharing moments that would last a lifetime, building a relationship that would never be forgotten. As they said their goodbyes, JR sat in Bill’s arms. Staring into his eyes, he mumbled words that Bill only wishes he could have understood, and yet their bond was indescribable. It was time to go. As their eyes began to well up, the child continued to speak to Bill. His heart was breaking, he wanted to know what the child was saying. He begged a teammate: "Please Caroline! What does JR want? What is he saying!?" She listened intently...a rush of tears came over her. Overwhelmed and weakened by emotion, she faintly spoke, "Oh my gosh...I can't believe this… he is saying, 'I'm painting a picture of you in my heart, so I will remember you forever.'”
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