• The Story of Hope Floats

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    It was April 2003, and the two men were guiding a group of Americans on a trip around Halong Bay off the coast of northern Vietnam. Earlier that day Vu had discovered three sisters living on this pitiful raft. Their mother had died and their father had abandoned them. The two older girls, Lan, 15, and Xuan, 13, were struggling to survive by harvesting shellfish, and trying to put their little sister, Mai, 10, through school. But right now they could not afford the $1 a month it ...
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  • Orphanage in Rwanda

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    I received an email from a wonderful gal in Rwanda, Africa who has been helping homeless children by taking them in, feeding them and schooling them after the horrific incidents in Rwanda. She was in desperate need of some school supplies for nearly 100 children that she was taking care of. We met and were able to get her all the school supplies she was in need of.
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  • Helping Children

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    We hope that by looking at our organization, you can see that we really love helping children around the world. Through our travels, we have found amazing people who share like minded goals. We'd love it if you would consider joining us in our goals to reach needy children and help them better their lives through, food, clothing, education and helping provide a future. There are many ways you can help, first off, providing a donation of any amount, your funds will go directly to the project and will help children. We're very proud of the fact that all administration is volunteered and we don't take out any administrative fees of any donation. Your donation will go directly to the project you choose to support. Your donation is also Tax Deductible 100%. In addition to looking at donating to help fund a project, if you would like to take further initiative, you can choose to travel with us and help complete a project. If you would be at all interested in learning more about this exciting option, please contact us and we'll let you know what trips we have planned to see if any would be of interest to you.
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Before forming the Sun in My Heart organization in late 2004, we were helping orphans, homeless and impoverished children in Vietnam. Both as individuals and through the help of friends we brought money, food and clothes, books and school supplies to the needy children of Vietnam every time we would travel there.After having an article written in Reader’s Digest in 2004, we formed Sun in My Heart to be able to make a bigger difference. Since our early beginnings, we’ve helped hundreds of children get support in as many ways as their age and situation allows. As Adventure Traveler’s, we travel to some of the most remote regions on earth and always meet hundreds of children who need help. Through the years during our travels, we’ve also met amazing local people and organizations that are committed to helping these children and changing their lives. We always enjoy traveling and coming across a person or organization that selflessly gives their time to helping local children and we love being able to encourage them on their quest through resources, education and assistance.
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Kim McCluskey in Vietnam

Kim McCluskey’s lifetime spiritual commitment is to help others, especially children. His commitment to helping children began in the sixties when he was an 18-year-old Marine stationed in Vietnam. Even though he later received the Purple Heart for his service, he always felt the war was wrong, that the American people had been lied to, and that the people of Vietnam were good, gentle people.

After he came home from the war, he became a hippie with a long blond pony tail and a Volkswagen bus. He began to meditate as he tried to learn about loving kindness, compassion and God. In his thirties, he raised three children and became a chiropractor. In his fifties, responding to his passion for nature, adventure and paddling, he sold his chiropractic practice and began to guide paddling trips to remote places all over the world. His business, Adventure Sherpas, specializes in Kayaking trips to some of the most remote destinations on earth. In his spiritual practice, he came to believe that we are all one and that we must work constantly to love one another.

When he took groups paddling on the bays of Vietnam, he was reunited with the Vietnamese people, who had seemed so gentle to him as a young Marine. On one of these trips, he discovered three young girls living alone on a plastic raft, abandoned by their father. As a father, he could not tolerate the girls’ predicament. His quest to help the three was the beginning of the Sun in My Heart charity. First he was able to build a house for the girls, all of whom are now doing very well. Then, with the money left over, he figured out how to build schools for small children left out of the mainstream schools of Vietnam.

The children in the schools built by Sun in My Heart are poor, minority children who do not speak the standard Vietnamese language. These schools are like “Headstart” in the U.S., in which minority children get pre-reading and pre-math skills that level the playing field and allow these minority children to achieve academic and personal success. They also learn about music, science and nature.

Kim now lives with his sweetheart Jeanie in a log home in the remote woods of far northern Minnesota, about 10 miles from the Canadian border. They like paddling the local lakes and the BWCA, taking long hikes and he enjoys drinking cup after cup of good Vietnamese green tea. He travels to Vietnam often and sees the first three girls he helped still, who now have daughters of their own, he enjoys bringing this new generation presents every time he sees them.

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