TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) More than 45 percent of Nicaragua’s population lives in poverty.
The average person lives on $1.25 a day and lacks basic hygiene products, which is where one Twin Falls family comes in.
“I decided to make hygiene kits for a very poor country in south America, Nicaragua “ said Jacob Tripp.
The entire family will be going and contributing in various ways.
Mrs. Tripp will be assisting her husband in the medical field but wants to make sure her purpose is understood.
“We don't want anyone to feel like they're less than us, we care about them, we want to serve,” said Tricia Tripp.
Tripp Family Medicine located on Fillmore Street just across from the Post Office has been an icon for years.
Now this family wants to use their business as a platform to tell others about this humanitarian service project.
“We have such a nice community, lots of service going on,” said Dr. Tripp. “We just want part of that. I have excellent patients that I know have expressed interest in being involved, making donations.”
The family is looking forward to the trip, but knows that there is much preparation to do before they are ready to depart and that there is a lot to consider when traveling to an underdeveloped country.
“As far as safety we're trying to just be safe and to stay together as a family, hopefully our numbers will scare people, six of us, so that they won't bug us,” said Mrs. Tripp.
Dr. Tripp has high hopes for this experience and what it will mean for his family.
“Our biggest hopes is our children will appreciate where they come from and what they have and number two that they individually can make a big difference wherever they are,” said Dr. Tripp.
So far, it seems to be working.
“I can also gain a greater gratitude of what my life is like here in the U.S.,” said Jacob Tripp.