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HANDS UNITED FOR CHILDREN

Empowering children to overcome adversity

By Claire Yezbak Fadden
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FUNDRAISING GALA

Enjoy an evening of hosted cocktails, a gourmet dinner, as well as a silent and a live auction to support Hands United for Children’s mission of empowering children to overcome adversity. Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, 15150 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe. For tickets and more information, visit www.handsunited4children.org.

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Agnès Barrelet always wanted to increase the overall welfare for underserved children. As Executive Director of Hands United For Children, Barrelet is doing just that by making meaningful differences in West Africa and right here in San Diego. “As a mother, I’ve learned that all children must have their basic needs met in order to excel in life. If a child doesn’t have health, shelter and education, nothing else works.”

Hands United for Children was founded in San Diego in 2006 as a non-profit organization intent on serving the needs of underprivileged children. HUFC implements and maintains the elements necessary to support children in distressed situations through education, shelter, health and individual welfare. Their mission has extended far beyond education and providing free lunches to the Saponé preschool children in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

HUFC is committed to serving the needs of children throughout the world.  “With the help of a team of volunteer dentists and hygienists, we are currently working to provide free access to dental services for the students of the O’Farrell charter school in southeast San Diego,” says Barrelet.

THE CHILDREN’S NATURE RETREAT

In 2016 HUFC plans to break ground on the Children’s Nature Retreat. “We’re crafting a place where happiness is found and a love for nature is born,” says Barrelet. Her goal is to provide a sanctuary where children, who normally have little or no exposure to nature, can experience animals living in their natural habitat. In a day camp-like setting, rescue animals will roam the grounds, blending outdoor adventure with wilderness awareness.

Families will be immersed in eco-friendly environments where they can garner a symbiotic relationship with flora and fauna while discovering nature in an educational way. “The retreat will be available at no cost to underserved children and for children living in distressed situations,” adds Barrelet.

Agnès Barrelet always wanted to increase the overall welfare for underserved children. As Executive Director of Hands United For Children, Barrelet is doing just that by making meaningful differences in West Africa and right here in San Diego. “As a mother, I’ve learned that all children must have their basic needs met in order to excel in life. If a child doesn’t have health, shelter and education, nothing else works.”

Hands United for Children was founded in San Diego in 2006 as a non-profit organization intent on serving the needs of underprivileged children. HUFC implements and maintains the elements necessary to support children in distressed situations through education, shelter, health and individual welfare. Their mission has extended far beyond education and providing free lunches to the Saponé preschool children in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

HUFC is committed to serving the needs of children throughout the world.  “With the help of a team of volunteer dentists and hygienists, we are currently working to provide free access to dental services for the students of the O’Farrell charter school in southeast San Diego,” says Barrelet.

THE CHILDREN’S NATURE RETREAT

In 2016 HUFC plans to break ground on the Children’s Nature Retreat. “We’re crafting a place where happiness is found and a love for nature is born,” says Barrelet. Her goal is to provide a sanctuary where children, who normally have little or no exposure to nature, can experience animals living in their natural habitat. In a day camp-like setting, rescue animals will roam the grounds, blending outdoor adventure with wilderness awareness.

Families will be immersed in eco-friendly environments where they can garner a symbiotic relationship with flora and fauna while discovering nature in an educational way. “The retreat will be available at no cost to underserved children and for children living in distressed situations,” adds Barrelet.