During the Vietnam War Era, Ken Small was a member of the US Marine Corp's Elite Force Troops. Witnessing children's plight in third world and war-torn countries, he solicited hep from friends to provide aid.
Though originally just a handful of concerned individuals, thousands of children's lives were saved. Over a decade ago, HVIN Ministries was created to expand their outreach.
On the other side of the world, Teresita (Tessie) Martinez established a humanitarian center in Mindanao, Philippines to provide free medical assistance to physically challenged children living in remote jungle mountains and city landfills.
A few years ago, the Center in Mindanao merged with HVIN Ministries, forming the HUGS Foundation - "Helping-U-Grow-Strong" - a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization.