Here For Kids International

Teaching the Eternal Joy of Service

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Mission: We serve the world's youth and so can you.

Here For Kids International partners with organizations in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Peru by sending teams of students from across the nation to build global friendships. Teams participate in leading sports and assisting with leadership development, education, and the provision of basic needs. As an organization we give opportunity for students to grow with, learn from, and live into their talents and gifts with communities of teachers, parents, coaches and at-risk youth who live in a context and culture different than their own.  Our service is rooted in mutually transforming experiences for both our team members and our partnering communities. Are you ready to serve?


Why We Serve

We believe that it is truly through service that we meaningfully engage others. We believe that the formation of intergenerational, cultural and socioeconomic relationships build bridges of unity and bring greater understanding of our responsibility and roles within our global community. It is when we enter into relationships 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. It shows us the necessity for, and enhancing qualities 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.


Where We Serve

Costa Rica ・ Dominican Republic ・ Haiti ・ Peru


“These kids- if only we could learn to love so quickly and completely like they do.”



Our Story

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 and other team projects; including tutoring, arts & crafts, nutrition & health, personal & spiritual development. 

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 a few years, the seed that had been planted grew from a single coach’s personal experience to a non-profit that now reaches a multitude of mostly 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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