Since helping others to ‘Experience More’ has been a major part of the Founders’ core beliefs, this passion for giving back has led to Kyäni’s culture of giving and is the foundation for Kyäni Caring Hands. As Kyäni Founder Kirk Hansen states, "Kyäni Caring Hands is only part of what we do, but it's all of who we are." Kyäni Caring Hands dedicates time and resources to making a long-term difference for entire communities in need of help and hope. Caring Hands regularly sponsors trips where members and customers can donate their time, energies, and talents to improving lives. Caring Hands Service Trips have been held around the world, in South and Central America, Europe, and Asia, including Ecuador in 2011 and Peru in 2013-2014. Caring Hands continues to impact the lives of people in communities in need today as well as the future. Check out our most recent trips below!
In the town of Chiapas, Caring Hands volunteers constructed a 12-room high school that would serve three communities that, before Kyäni’s visit, send their children to school in makeshift rooms with no electricity or running water. While there, Kyäni provided Potato Paks for the impoverished community, as well as free dental exams and treatments. Volunteers also brought with them hygiene kits, and taught classes in health and hygiene. Kyäni Founders also offered educational scholarships to several children, many of whom have now graduated and are attending college through the generosity of the Hansens and the Taylors. In 2017, an additional renovation doubled the number of classrooms available and more than 350 students attend the school.
In July 2016, Kyäni gathered volunteers from throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas to work with the Red Cross setting up feeding stations for children in some of the most impoverished areas around Manila. The poverty volunteers witnessed in these areas was staggering. 25% of the population in the Philippines lives below the poverty line. Families living in tin and cardboard shacks; sewage and pollution running in the streets; people with very little resources to simply live. Over 1.5 million children would not have eaten anything on a given day. During the trip, volunteers had the opportunity to feed thousands of children, and arranged the donation of Potato Paks that would continue to feed these children every day throughout the year.
This was the first official European Caring Hands trip that Kyäni took part in, but Europe has been rallying behind Caring Hands and Potato Pak for years. Kyäni Founders, employees, and members met in Budapest and gathered at a local government-run homeless shelter that was once a military facility. Kyäni and the Red Cross, distributed hygiene kits prepared by Kyäni employees. While there, volunteers were also able to prepare and serve meals with Kyäni Potato Paks for those living in and visiting the shelter. During this time, elderly residents of the shelter were also given the opportunity to talk, laugh and play games with the volunteers, making it a fantastic experience for everyone involved.