In 2007, Kenny was deeply moved by the genoicide that was occurring in Sudan's Darfur region. He joined artists such as U2, Green Day, R.E.M, and Aerosmith to create the Instant Karma Benefit CD for Amnesty International, which raised over 5 million dollars. A strong believer in sustainability, Kenny helped fund the building of the Kunyuk School for Girls in Akon, Sudan.
October of 2007, Big Kenny and his wife, along with friends from the organization My Sister's Keeper located in Boston, Dr. David Marks and Walt Ratterman from Sun Energy Power decided they were going to get together and go into the country of Sudan. They visited the village of Akon; a refugee camp right in southern Sudan, about 50 kilometers from the line of demarcation between there and Darfur.
In addition to bringing medical supplies, they brought school supplies, musical instruments and clothing to the 250 students at the Kunyuk School for Girls. The school was currently holding classes under a large baobab tree. “At the same time, you know, we got to do what I call 'due diligence'. I went in to make sure that the people that I had met and had organized with on the ground were really doing what they told me".
“The group traveled to war-torn Southern Sudan on humanitarian missions. Kenny a former contractor and Farmer from Culpeper, VA helped begin the process of building a girls' school" This is an area that people have fled into, that had been pushed off their land. Like farmers. My dad's a farmer, and I guess that's why it hits with me."
Kenny donated the royalties he received from writing the Tim McGraw hit, "Last Dollar (Fly Away)," to My Sister's Keeper; a charity assisting and protecting women in Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of people have died from violence, malnutrition and disease as a result of the Sudanese government militia's campaign against rebels in Darfur.
The Alphin's undertook the financial cost of the entire trip and chartered a cargo plane to transport 25 crates of supplies to Sudan. “In addition we picked up 300 refugee survival kits. These are people who have been burned out of their homes, and this is enough to keep them alive for a little while until they can get somewhere or get to a village and get their feet back under them.” Kenny stated.
"Whether they are abused across the street or across an ocean, all people deserve freedom and basic human rights, I would spend every nickel I could get my hands on to help these people. It is the worst humanitarian crisis on our earth, and it is time we did something to stop it."
Big Kenny documented his first journey in 2007 on film, “ Bearing Light” and since debuting it at the Nashville Film Festival in 2008, has utilized the film to spread awareness of the cause. In recognition of his efforts, the Save Darfur Coalition named Kenny their December 2008 “Darfur Hero”.
Love Everybody has helped with the facilitation of the Kunyuk School for Girls in Akon, Sudan. The school currently has 550+ students enrolled. Love Everybody's goal is to instill hope, strength, and excellence to all students who attend so they can prosper in life. Their motto: "Highlight the good, inspire greatness, and encourage mutual responsibility for the betterment of humankind. -- Love Everybody." Member of the Tennessee Global Health Coalition.