Committed to Community
PRISM Teams do well in business to do good in the world.
Born in Denver, Colorado, raised in Danville, California, an alumnus of Auburn University’s School of Nursing in Alabama, Kindri Van Puffelen founded Abundant Life Ministries in 2011. She’d gone to Uganda on a short term trip with another organization to work with kids and help run a week of camp for AIDS orphans and was taken aback by the sheer number of children in the area. Uganda, a country about the size of the state of Oregon, has 20 million children under the age of 18, fending in large part, for themselves, caring for each other. The notorious Joseph Kony was known for attacking villages in the night, killing the adults and taking the children, with boys forced to become killers and girls to become sex slaves. Between this war and the impact of AIDS, the country and its children were largely in survival mode, with no intention, and little possibility, to consider how to become productive adults.
Sintaro Village – Ethiopia
In January of 2013, the Community Presbyterian church in which the Van Puffelen family are members, voted to adopt the village of Sintaro in Ethiopia, Africa. A family friend, Mike had gone to Ethiopia and told Kindri Van Puffelen that ‘now I get it,’ having seen first hand, some of the need which she’d been addressing and learning about in Uganda for three years. He convinced Kindri to assist in the partnership with non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO): Hope Enterprises. The model for this work is entirely Ethiopian run. Hope Enterprises goes in to villages with NO resources. No government, not other organizations. No schools. And they primarily provide education and water, beginning with the launch of schools for 5-6 yr. olds and adding a new level of school for the next age bracket each year, with 50 students in each group level.
American Logistics Aid Network (A.L.A.N.)
Initially through our involvement with IWLA, we’ve supported the American Logistics Aid Network (A.L.A.N.) since its inception to serve the community needs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. ALAN supports disaster recovery by engaging industry to address the unmet needs of relief organizations, communities, and people.