After delivering shoes to children in Tanzania last year, Lisa Pulice Lovette, president of the local women's group Princess Warriors, knew she would one day return to the impoverished nation, but for another reason: To help those whose spiritual and physical needs often get overlooked.
In March, Lovette and 11 members of the group, all from Bluffton, will spend 10 days working with African women, who live in mud huts, in the bush and in the slums.
"This trip is to build a personal relationship and a stronger bond with the women," Lovette said.
The Princess Warriors are a nondenominational group that works to spread the word of God through their charitable and missionary work.
"We are not going to build houses or to mend fences," Lovette said. "We are going strictly to serve women, whether they need a T-shirt or toiletries or prayer."
With a few fundraisers behind them, including a cornhole tournament that attracted 52 teams, the group is about a third of the way to its goal of $35,000 to help pay for the trip.
During her 2011 mission trip, Lovette saw a woman sitting on a blanket with her five children, begging for money.
"The women touched my heart," Lovette said.
Lovette said she also finds the Princess Warriors to be inspiring.
"I love seeing snowball effect ... I like watching the excitement build from one person to another," she said. "I love watching the women come out of their comfort zones. I know I must be on the right road."