HEARTS FOR LOVE WORLDWIDE INC Overview
Target demographics: Although children are the main focus we strive to assist families, parents, and all those that may be affected by the intense poverty in Kenya.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our main project Tusemezane Family Program Center is a direct beneficiary of HFLW. Tusemezane, located adjacent to the Mathare slum in Ngong, Kenya conducts daily, weekly, and monthly programs benefiting the children, women, and men. Health and nutrition for all including pregnant mothers and newborns, HIV/Aids assistance, education, daily meals for students, women's empowerment groups, groups for teens, and men's groups that help to change ideas and cultural direction in order to bring families together. These programs inspire & encourage, using positive direction and assistance so that they may grow and learn how to remove themselves from poverty. Tusemezane cares for approximately 200-300 individuals throughout the year.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Although our organization focuses mainly on scheduled trips to Kenya a very viable way to spend three hours here at home is to volunteer doing a fund raising even that would benefit HFLW. We are always in need for financial resources to provide food, education, and medical supplies throughout the year. If you are computer savvy we look forward to having help with networking, social media, website design changes, and power point programs.
Geographic areas served: Africa - Kenya. Mathare slum area located in and around Ngong. Maasailand located in the Great Rift Valley and of course we serve locally in our hometowns.
Programs: Volunteer Programs with scheduled trips to work with our projects. We have four funding programs, Education, Food, Medical/Health and Business. Sponsorships are available for any students.
In 2008 The Teen Mother Covenant Center was established by a local woman from Kenya with a $1000 generous donation from a family in Arizona. The Center works with young teens from the age of 10-18 who have been raped and become pregnant, with many being orphans. Their needs are met in education, emotional and spiritual counseling as they learn to care for their child.
A co-op called "UPENDO" (love in swahili) was formed with adult men and women where they can sell their crafts. Small business management coaching, and marketing skills were shared. Over the course of a few years the group has been able to not only care for themselves but take a percentage of their proceeds and redirect them back into the co-op in order to care for vulnerable children within their community.
HFLW and other generous donors have taken on the task of sponsoring students with their education. Total students sponsored to date have been 13.
Food assistance is an ongoing task. Funds are always needed to provide the staples for the school lunch programs. A grade school class raised $800 which fed 70 HIV/Aids children in an orphanage for over six months. A little money can go a long way. HFLW continually supplies funding for food concentrating mainly on the children's programs, schools and elderly caring for their grandchildren and orphans.
Medical and Health issues are just as important as food assistance. HFLW has managed to provide first aid and medical assistance to many these last 5 years. Mental health is also important and this year we were able to advocate for a young man named Michael who suffered from PTS after experiencing tribal clashing and genocide conflicts during '07/'08 in Kenya. We cared for his mother who recently lost her life to stomach cancer. But Michael is a survivor and is thriving today! Then there was Paul, who had his first eye exam and received his first pair of glasses at the age of 19....a whole new world opened up before him! Little Stacy, born with a vision impairment went to the eye clinic too, and we found that she will need Cornea surgery in 2014. We will follow through with her as she becomes of age for the surgery. We advocate for those that cannot pay hospital bills: see our story about Catherine at http://www.heartsforloveworldwide.org/our_accomplishments.aspx
We built bathrooms for Tusemezane this last year and are currently raising funds to redirect a severe sewage and sanitation problem around the Family Program Center. Throughout the year we provide food, clothing, shoes, school supplies, mosquito nets, and several other items.
Our ongoing efforts each year are to also care for situations here at home not just Kenya. We donate food, clothing, and time to our local charities.