HEARTS FOR LOVE WORLDWIDE INC

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 989 S Main Street A-122 Cottonwood AZ 86326 USA

Mission: Our Mission ~ to assist in changing the lives of those living in poverty in Kenya. Our goal is to empower poor communities in Kenya with educational programs designed to serve men, women and children.
Results: Over the last 5 years money raised and donated made it possible to build the St. Paul's Childrens Library and Computer Learning Center in 2008. With books and computers it allowed them to see the world from a different perspective. All the materials and construction was done with the local villagers creating jobs and income. 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.
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.
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.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Hi, my name is Alice and I have been a donor and a volunteer with Hearts For Love Worldwide for two years. I feel privileged to be a part of this organization. This organization is small but that is why I was drawn to them, because their goals are to really help others. You can see exactly the impact that the donations have. We are kept well informed of how our donations are used. I have volunteered on numerous occasions at fund raising events and working with Lory and others has been such a wonderful experience! I have heard that volunteering on a trip to Kenya is a great opportunity and I hope to be able to do that soon! Thank you!

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I have been fortunate to be involved with Hearts for Love Worldwide. I have been able to help a young woman reach her dreams of further education. I have been sponsoring her to attend a boarding school in Kenya. I receive the status of her grades every quarter, and have been blessed to receive some personal letters from her as well. I am kept updated about her progress, and am able to see where every dollar goes that I send for her. I am more than happy to recommend this charity to others.
Lynn O. McCullough

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2013

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i was lucky to meet and work with hearts of love worldwide during lory`s last visit and i must say it was eye opener on the situation we have in Ngong,Nairobi in 2012.i was priviledged to capture some of the pictures of the volunteer work.i appreciate everything they have done and continue to do to this day, the work your doing to provide for the children in poverty providing,food,education,and to see childrenĀ“s faces light with joy and hope is truly inspiring and humbling.Back here at home we remember hearts of love worldwide and we thank you and may God bless you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more volunteers and more funding need to be considered to help organisation and reach as many children as possible.

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Life-changing

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I am so impressed with the selfless work done by this non-profit, and by the amount of benefit they can provide with the funds received. I have seen a video of the kids who have been helped by Hearts for Love Worldwide and they each show so much promise. All they need is some support and resources to help end the cycle of poverty.

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I am so honored to support this organization because it gives directly to those who need it most, there are no middle-men, and I know that even the smallest donation makes a HUGE impact in the lives of those it serves to support.

I have seen the results of the work of HFLW first-hand and applaud their genuine efforts and devotion. This type of change can only be possible by the hard work and devotion of its passionate and committed volunteers and organizational leader.

I will continue to support and bring awareness to this wonderful organization as it strives to bring even greater change to the lives of individuals in Kenya through education, medical and food assistance. Together we can all make a change for the better!

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I have fond memories of my first encounter without Jenny and Loryjacobs,both of Hearts For Love Worldwide. It was a gloomy day for me and Tusemezane children center. We were pondering the best way to throw in the towel. We did not
know where the next meal for the orphans would come from, were had no teacher not cook due to lack or salary allowance. I and the secretary Lucy were the only people left to volunteer to keep the centre running; buy now we had given up! Then comes these two hearts of love walk in so full if life,bubbling with joy and laughter, speaking words of hope . They promised to stand with Tusemezane and make it their priority, "Do not give up, hang in there ", were Loryjacobs words.

For sure they kept their word. It's wasn't easy for them & Tusemezane but today, i am so proud to be associated with Hearts For Love. Tusemezane can boast of the Kindness &love of HFLW. Among the achievements realized are:
Our daily feeding program is efficiently running with constant food supply. This means that the children do not drop out of school due to hunger to engage in risky behavior.
The School, Early Childhood Development Education is running smoothly because Hearts For Love are paying for two teachers and a cook.
85 children access food on a daily basis.
10 youth have access to Secondary Education.
We have 2 active women Groups engaging in entrepreneur activities in a bid to eradicate poverty,
A youth group empowered bye Hearts For Love, this is the same group that has produced the Tusemezane Documentary.
Construction of washrooms( pit latrines)

I am grateful that Tusemezane staff have gained skills in finance manage, book keeping and documentation, values like integrity, efficiency & transparency. I would recomend them without hesitation to any one without a second thought.
Margaret Karani (Director Tusemezane Family Program)

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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Although being aware of this organization since its inception, in 2010 I was able to travel to Kenya with Hearts For Love Worldwide. I was guided through the entire process and the expectations. I was even made aware of the poverty and dire conditions that the people in the area endured. What I wasn't forwarned about was that my heart would never be the same. The entire experience has been an everlasting memory. I find it hard to put into words my heartbreak for the children and people of this amazing land, while remembering the joy, hope and love that the prople share with you a visitor. Hearts For Love Worldwide made my journey unforgettable, and has changed my life. As a current officer, I am now fully aware that all donations given to the various programs are indeed spent in the manner of which the donator designated. From a personal experience, I can attest to the need of the children that Hearts For Love is trying to educate through its donations as well as the food it provides for those little ones.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Quite well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hearts For Love Worldwide remains the most honest nonprofit I know of. ALL of the donations go to the people and projects they were intended for. The CEO, Lory Jacobs gives tirelessly of herself to those she has met in Kenya. She continues to learn about what needs to be done within the country's parameters (Africa) for what she is able to do to help those in need. She works closely with an educated, dedicated woman named Margaret Karani who has set up a small school for children in Kenya called Tusemezane. HFLW has helped several children attend classes at a higher level as formal school is not free in Kenya. Between Lory, Margaret and the donations from private donors, many children have been fed and helped to achieve a higher level of living.
Before this nonprofit became more viable, this CEO dedicated her own money to helping others go to school and have enough food to succeed. She was working as a caregiver and sending part of her earnings to Kenya. The people in that country touched her heart very deeply when she made her first visit as a volunteer in 2008. That comittment to helping others continues to this day. She remains honest and believes in integrity as a way of life; that is why all donations go directly to the people she continues to work for in order that they may achieve a better way of life.
It would be terrific if this nonprofit, Hearts For Love Worldwide could be assisted with grants in order to help even more children not only attend school, but to just get a meal to survive another day knowing someone cared for them.
Thank you for your time in reading this.
Sherry Lee

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I have watched this nonprofit grow for the past 4 years. The CEO, Lory Jacobs has given all of the donations to HFLW to the people in Kenya. She has also set up sponsors for the children that need to go on to the next level of education as they have to pay for their education in Kenya. She has gotten right in and helped with the projects that she has set up and implemented on her trips to Africa, and has brought pictures back of the people and examples of how they live. She has a feeling for those she has met and has encouraged others in that country to continue on with their desire to help others. She is a good business person with a heart. She has integrity, is honest with the donations and truly has a love and concern for those in Kenya.

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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