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So… why are you guys going to….uh…where was it? Oh ya, Lybia.

21 Aug 16
Andy Jones

Fair enough. We’ve got a comfortable home in a great community surrounded by good people here in Rose Park (Salt Lake City, Utah). We have a stable business. Loyal friends and family. Good schools and extracurricular opportunities.  Living the American Dream! Then to leave that good life, built over ten years, to live off-grid in one of the top five poorest countires in the world, where we will get to pump all of our water by hand, prepare food over a coal stove and clean clothes with a washboard, live in a 450sf dome, run the risk of getting malaria and falling behind in school, and all on a volunteer basis… why?

While we don’t expect anyone to agree with our reasons, here they are…

  1. Family: We want to grow closer as a family, and hope our new living circumstances and the work we will be doing will give us the opportunity to do so. The Heartwood Family at the orphanage we will be adopted into will expand our chances to love and be loved
  2. Service: There is a great deal of work to be done within the projects operated by Africa Heartwood Project – a non-profit organization started by Kayla and me in 2008. Our primary focus will be on Village Water Projects and buildig the Heartwood Orphan Homestead. Livelihoods for Cultural Artisans. And more.
  3. Learning: We consider any opportunity to travel and experience up close a way of life different from the one to which we are accustomed to be valuable. Attending a government school in a Liberian village could be a very rich non-academic learning experience for each of the children.

Meet the family at the Heartwood Orphan Home where we will be living in this short video:

Here’s a preview of the DomeHome we will live in once it is completed in September 2016:





  1. Brenda Jensen August 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    YOU GUYS ARE INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait to read about your adventures on your blog. Good luck!
    Brenda Jensen and family

  2. Joseph Atkin August 31, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I love your reasons and hope/know it will be an awesome experience for you and your family. I love the dome house – genius!

  3. Jan Jones September 6, 2016 at 9:41 am

    This is great information. Thanks for sharing your adventures with each of us who follow AHP. Is it nice to live vicariously through you and your family Andy.

  4. Mom September 16, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for the email update Andy. So interesting, the challenges you and family are going through. Hard things make us grow, whether we want to or not!

    Any information you send on is much appreciated. I love to hear any details, as you well know. May you ever be kept in the “hollow of His hand”.

    I love you son….

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