Hands United for Children gala

Hands United for Children (HUFC) held its annual fundraiser gala March 13 at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Funds raised at the event benefit HUFC’s projects in Saponé, Burkina Faso and San Diego.

This year’s theme was “Soap n’ Opera” as Agnes Barrelet, the organization’s executive director, brought back from Burkina Faso some Shea Butter, handmade by the local women of the village Hands United for Children supports. While their children are attending class in the HUFC preschool, the mothers have time to work and earn extra money for the family. It is a very lengthy and manual process which requires dexterity, patience and passion. On the night of the gala, guests received a sample of the shea butter. For more information, visit

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