LOCAL TEENAGER SPENDS SUMMER VACATION DOING HUMANITARIAN WORK IN TONGA
This summer Bentley Miner from Gilmer decided to spend his summer vacation in a third world country doing humanitarian work for the poor. He teamed up with Humanitarian Experience for Youth (H.E.F.Y.) and 18 other youth from around the United States to build houses in Tonga. From July 29th- August 16th the youth spent long days doing manual labor in an effort to learn the true meaning of service. For these two and a half weeks he woke up early and put on his work gloves to spend the day digging, mixing cement, laying brick, and serving those in impoverished conditions. In the process he changed the lives of those he served, as well as his own.
³Simply stated, the mission of Humanitarian Experience is to change lives through service. It changes the lives of everyone involved,² said H.E.F.Y. Founder, Glenn Bingham.
While doing this work abroad is certainly not an easy task, it helps people like Bentley experience the joy that comes through meaningful service. He inspires his peers, family, and community to make the time to serve those in need.
About Humanitarian Experience for Youth
H.E.F.Y. is a nonprofit service organization that offers humanitarian expeditions to youth ages 16-19. From the beginning of June through the end of August, H.E.F.Y. will bring over 850 volunteer participants to 10 different countries to build schools, orphanages, medical clinics, and homes. Each expedition consists of about 20 youth and 4 adults, and lasts for approximately 3 weeks. Typically two days are set aside for sightseeing, but the bulk of an H.E.F.Y. expedition involves serving others in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Expeditions are carefully organized so participants can work to the completion of a project, whether they are building houses, school classrooms, a medical clinic, or an orphanage.