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Finding a place to camp or just relax in your hammock can be more challenging than it needs to be. And that’s why this summer we’re partnering with The Dyrt, to make it even easier for you to find a place to hang your hammock and catch some rest at night.

 

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High Hopes Feature: The Kamkomani Youth Project, Kenya

© Kamkomani Youth Project

© Kamkomani Youth Project

As a brand dedicated to making a difference, we’re always looking for new projects to support. As a hammock company we have the unique ability to help in areas that have suffered from a natural disaster and extreme poverty. We offer people hope, a place to sleep, and get some much-needed rest.

We heard about the terrific work of the Kamkomani Youth Project in Kenya and knew we had to get involved. While Kenya was the earliest region touched by civilization due to the Nairobi Highway, today the poverty level has reached epidemic levels, with over 20 million people living at or below the poverty line. 
 
Over the centuries and millennia, Kenya has relied on farming and livestock-rearing as the primary job source. Now, with the advent of rapid population growth, those jobs are disappearing.
 
And with falling literacy rates, the Kenyan youth are forced to take low-skilled, informal, work that also come with hazardous conditions, all in the name of supporting their families.
 
The Kamkomani Mission is working tirelessly to help by building a youth center; a place for youth to receive education along with medical assistance.
 
As a company that donates hammocks designed to keep out disease-infested bugs to those experiencing hardship, we’re excited and proud to support the Kamokani Project.
 

The Surprising Weather of Summer in Kenya

You might think the summer weather in Kenya would be unbearable. The reality is, it's the opposite: cooler, less rainy, and beautiful. Summer is cloudy season and it comes just after monsoon season, meaning the sun is out of view and the winds have just blown through. 

To get a feel for the beautiful time that is Kenya in the summer, check out this video from Zachary David during his time there a few years ago:

Despite being a beautiful country with a rich culture, over half of Kenya's population lives at or below the poverty line. At the same time, Africa is taking more and more refugees from the Middle East, which puts a tremendous strain on already-taxed resources.

That's why we have partnered with the Kamkomani Mission Project: to provide help as we can, and to hopefully elevate lives in the process. 

5 Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Dad This Father's Day

 

Remember those family camping trips where Dad taught you how to make a fire, bait a hook and whittle a stick? Chances are your love of the outdoors was born from those early experiences. Celebrate Dad’s adventurous side by sending him out to play and relax in nature with one of these Father’s Day gifts.

1. FreeFly Men’s Boxer Brief

That’s right, underwear. For your dad. When he’s hiking, comfort in the nether regions is key. Its midweight bamboo blend fabric allows movement in every direction while offering temperature regulation and natural odor protection.

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2. Mission Critical Tactical Baby Carrier

Grandpa never looked so cool.

If you have young kiddos and grandpa wants to take them for an adventure, or if you're getting a gift for a young dad, get him this tactical front loading baby carrier so he can do it hands-free and keep his back safe.

Buy Now $179

3. Koob: The Viking Yard Game

Get your dad this rousing yard game for your next family camping trip. It can be played in sand, grass, or even snow, so it’s good for year-round outdoor fun. Legend has it the very first KOOB players lived all the way in Scandinavia. In fact, it is said that Vikings themselves played KOOB more than 1,000 years ago with sticks and firewood gathered through their many worldly voyages.

Buy Now $59

4. Esee Laser Strike Knife

This robust survival knife comes with a Kydex sheath, belt clip plate and handle removal washer. Some say that adventure begins when everything goes wrong, and if that happens for your dad and he needs to stay warm in the backcountry, a ferrocerium fire starting flint and tinder tabs are included inside the knife’s handle.

Buy Now $99

5. High Hopes Hammock

When Dad’s been hiking, biking, or climbing all day, he’ll want a way to relax and soak in the warm light of evening. Nothing says “aaaaahhhhhhh” like a hammock strung between two tall pines. It’ll give him a feeling of doing good in the world, too: for every hammock purchased, High Hopes helps another homeless person around the world. 

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Here are all the people you help every time you get a hammock

Hammocks providing comfort for children in need at the Family Promise Shelter.

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When you buy a hammock from High Hopes, you play a part in our mission to make the world a better place by giving people who struggle with homelessness a place to sleep. We work with organizations like the Muskegon Rescue Mission in Michigan, Rooftop Missions in India, the Kamkomani Missions Project in Kenya, the Building Bridges of Hope project in Haiti, Family Promise of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the Less Homeless Less Heartless project that is spread throughout the US handing out our High Hopes Hammock Survival Kits. The items in the kits are specifically chosen to enhance the quality of life for the recipients. Through all of these organizations we provide hammocks to people who are homeless, aid workers and visiting missionaries, and at-risk youth educational centers. 
 
We are always looking for additional organizations to team up with to help improve lives of those in unfortunate situations. The refugee crisis in Europe is mounting, with many people catching diseases and dying from sleeping on the ground in crowded camps. We are currently trying to get hammocks set up in camps while people are waiting to transition to new homes. 
 
For each hammock purchase you make, we donate to a real person who needs a place to sleep. If you feel inspired to give more, you can help us further our cause by donating to provide additional hammocks and survival kits to people in need. 


 

How this hammock company is helping people all over the world.

High Hopes Hammock Co. is a start up founded by college students is making a stand against homelessness around the world. For every hammock purchased, a hammock or survival kit is donated to someone living in poverty around the world.

A Hammock being used in the home of a Kenyan family to provide sufficient places sleep. 

A Hammock being used in the home of a Kenyan family to provide sufficient places sleep. 

This company is taking the internet by storm, with over 750 hammocks sold online.  By partnering with shelters, international charity organizations, and churches, High Hopes Hammock Co. is able to donate hammocks in the U.S and around the world to countries like Kenya, Guatemala, Belize, and India to be used as sleeping space in shelters, orphanages, and natural disaster situations. 

Two happy customers enjoying their hammock.

Two happy customers enjoying their hammock.

The Velcro design of High Hopes Hammock velcros the user up like a cocoon protecting them from the elements and disease like Malaria. 

Survival Kit and Hammock donations are being sent all over the world!

Survival Kit and Hammock donations are being sent all over the world!

Hammocks being donated in india to orphanages. 

Hammocks being donated in india to orphanages. 

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How this Hammock Company is changing the world!

High Hopes Hammock Co. a start up founded by college students is making a stand against homelessness around the world. For every hammock they sell they donate a hammock or the value of a hammock to someone facing homelessness. Their hammock's equipped with an innovative cocoon design that plays an important role in keeping the user protected from the elements. 

A young girl at The Family Promise Homeless shelter in Chattanooga TN, takes a nap in a hammock.

A young girl at The Family Promise Homeless shelter in Chattanooga TN, takes a nap in a hammock.

The cocoon design uses 6 velcro pieces to wrap the user up, acting as a built in bug net and wind protection. 

The cocoon design uses 6 velcro pieces to wrap the user up, acting as a built in bug net and wind protection. 

Having sold over 1000 hammocks in 10 months this start up is making big waves in the outdoor recreation industry! By partnering with shelters, international charity organizations, and churches, High Hopes Hammock Co. is able to donate hammocks in the U.S, and around the world to countries like Kenya, Guatemala, Belize, and India to be used as sleeping space in shelters, orphanages, and natural disaster situations. 

A child in Kamkomani Kenya will sleep off of the ground for the the first time in her life. 

A child in Kamkomani Kenya will sleep off of the ground for the the first time in her life. 

Starting as $51.00 this high quality hammock will create a link between you and someone in need by lifting people up! 

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Erin Hipskind

HOMETOWN: Roanoke, IN

Erin is a senior studying Forestry at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Besides classes, she is involved with the Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters (Treasurer), the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources Student Council (Vice-President), Purdue Student Society of Arboriculture (Secretary), and Forestry and Natural Resources Student Ambassadors. She also loves to get involved with intramural sports like inner tube water polo, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. When she graduates she is planning on working in the tree care business and hopefully become a certified arborist one day!

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Claire Werlin

HOMETOWN: Georgetown, CO

Claire is an outdoor-loving, Colorado native who is always up for an adventure. Having grown up with the Rocky Mountains as her backyard, she quickly learned to love anything and everything outside. Some of her favorite activities include skiing, fishing, backpacking, rock climbing and of course hammocking! She currently finds herself in Idaho, attending Boise State University to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. Outside of school, Claire is a Younglife leader for local high schools in the Boise area, and she is deeply passionate about introducing kids to Jesus and helping them grow spiritually. Claire wanted to become an ambassador for High Hopes Hammock to help spread the word for such an amazing cause, and to get more college kids outside!

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Tyler Helsom

HOMETOWN: Crystal Lake, IL

Tyler is a 16 year old from Crystal Lake, Illinois. He loves to be outside all the time. He loves to hammock and hike on the weekends with his friends and take pictures. He started hammocking 2 years ago and fell in love with hammocks and tries to get as many people as possible to join the hammock revolution. He has done many outdoor trips like the Boundary Waters (canoe trips) and Philmont (backpacking trip). His passions are the outdoors, rowing, his religion, and scouts.

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Alyssa Dowell

HOMETOWN: Crystal Lake, IL

Alyssa is 17 years old and a high school student photographer who's hometown is Crystal Lake, IL. Her love for the outdoors inspires her to take pictures of her weekend adventures of hiking and hammocking with friends. Her love for hammocks started four years ago on her first backpacking trip along Lake Superior, she says "Sleeping under the stars in the comfort of a hammock is something everyone should experience." She has brought her hammock along on every trip she's been on, one other backpacking trip on the Superior National Hiking Trail and several canoeing trips, one in the Quetico Canada, and a thirty day exhibition along the rivers and lakes of Saskatchewan Canada. Other interests of hers other than hammocking is working with kids, rowing, just about anything involving water, and trying to changing the world for the better; She believes we can make our world a better place by changing little things about our daily lives to make our world a kinder and healthier place. She encourages everyone she meets to join in on the hammocks glory so they too can enjoy relaxing between whatever your hammock straps can reach.  

Hammocks providing relief to at risk children in Kenya.

      High Hopes Hammock Co. is working with the KAMKOMANI Youth Project (KYP) and Coastal Cathedral Church of God to build a youth center in Kamkomani, Kenya and fight poverty in the surrounding community. This youth center is important to the children in Kamkomani because it will be a beacon of safety for the children in the area who lack clean places to sleep and seek education. Without quality housing and education, women especially in the area, are often forced into prostitution and young marriages. It is for this reason why High Hopes Hammock has dedicated its time into helping Kambua Steele make her dream a reality. 

Kambua was born in Kenya but had an opportunity that most children didn't: To receive a quality education . Now, she represents KAMKOMANI Youth Project (KYP) and has made it her priority to help the place she came from. High Hopes Hammocks can help play a huge role for this youth center because hammocks are able to save space in the center, allowing room for education and sleeping space. Kambua stated, "Most of the children in the area sleep on the floor, having the hammocks would be like heaven to them. Not only will it help getting them off the floor, it will also give them protection from malaria carrying mosquitoes that bite at night. Malaria is prevalent in area and is one of the main cause of children death in the area." 

KYP broke ground on this project in February 2016. 

 The parameter they built for  the youth center. 

 The parameter they built for  the youth center. 

Blue prints for the center.

Blue prints for the center.

The Center is estimated to open in Sep. 2016. The High Hopes team will be heading to Kenya in the fall to help out.

Please kindly consider donating. All donations go towards building the Youth Center.

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HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Ryan Wilhite

HOMETOWN: Daytona Beach, FL

Ryan is a senior at Florida State University pursuing his degree in psychology. While he grew up on the Florida beaches, he's developed a second love for the trails and mountains in the southeast US. He has a deep passion for music and performing arts, but also enjoys running, reading, and getting outside. Through High Hopes, Ryan has strengthened his commitment to serving others as well as giving himself a space to reflect and relax.

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Jeri Gravlin

HOMETOWN: Salt Lake City, UT

Jeri is a student at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah and is about to graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she graduated from Delta College with an Associates Degree in Fine Arts. She sees herself as a citizen of the world and plans to dedicate her life to make it a better place using photography as her avenue for creating positive social change. 

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Margarita Romero

HOMETOWN: Houston, TX

Margarita is a sophomore studying Psychology at Texas A&M University from Houston, Texas. A couple fun facts about her include: She can actually speak three languages: Spanish, English and French - learned in that order. She grew up with hammocks around, taking naps in them when she was young - this was common for her parents as they grew up in El Salvador and they chose to do that with her brother and her - so when light weight, easy to carry hammocks became a trend it really excited her. Margarita loves helping her community and church so mixing her love of service and hammocks, High Hopes seemed like a perfect fit. During the school year, a lot of students hammock in the academic plaza so she is excited to share who High Hopes Hammock is and share their mission. 

HIGH HOPES AMBASSADORS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

NAME: Grant Coultrup

HOMETOWN: Huntington Beach, CA

Grant is a student-athlete on the rowing team at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. When he's not at school, he is at home in Southern California doing what he loves: surfing, rock climbing, or backpacking. Whether he's in the classroom or on the mountain, he is always looking for ways to help those around him and spread those values to others.