Mission: One Heart Source (OHS) is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that designs and catalyzes education programs that empower vulnerable people and communities with choice and opportunity. The organization’s model of international mentorship connects university students, professionals, families, and retirees to vulnerable youth and communities across cultural, social, and economic boundaries. With its partner communities in Jamaica, South Africa, and Tanzania, the OHS International Collective provides holistic care and academic excellence as a means of ending the vicious cycle of generational poverty.
Our mission is to build environments within marginalized populations that promote a comprehensive approach to eliminating the gap between those who have access to bettering their lives and those who do not.
Target demographics: low income communities and vulnerable youth worldwide.
Geographic areas served: Tanzania, South Africa and Jamaica
Programs: Our mission is to end poverty in our lifetimes by empowering people through high quality global initiatives focused on education and health.
WHY: We believe that our collective humanity will flourish when all people have equal access to the opportunity to fulfill their fundamental right to live joyful and healthy lives.
HOW: As a global collective of students, families, volunteers, professors, entrepreneurs, and agents of change we foster a growth mindset rooted in humility and empathy while striving for excellent outcomes. Through international collaboration and development, we strive to solve the grand challenges of our day while remaining responsive to the individual relationships and partnerships fostered through community development and cultural exchange across social, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, racial, religious, and geographical boundaries.
WHAT: One Heart Source honors its mantra and mission by:
1. Catalyzing a diverse global collective committed to ending poverty through direct action in order to empower opportunity, choice and freedom.
2. Designing, implementing, and evolving social justice programs that empower positive education and health outcomes in concert with the communities we serve.
3. Activating higher education by organizing and mobilizing university students to partner with local stakeholders throughout the world to implement effective models for social change.
My involvement in OHS is as a donor for the past 5 years. I became aware of the group through my daughter's involvement. I have watched as she and other members of the group have grown in their awareness and dedication to the dire situation faced by some because of the lack of basic education. This group has exceeded any expectations that I had. Their commitment to the children and their families that they serve should serve as an example to NGO's worldwide. As a parent, I am impressed and confident with OHS' commitment to their volunteers to ensure that they are safe and encouraged to learn, grow, and flourish in their time spent with the organization.
My daughter volunteered in Zanzibar this summer and had an incredible time. I contributed to her fundraising even though I was quite worried about her going to Africa. While at first I was nervous about her traveling so far by herself, I was quickly relieved by the thorough, professional, and helpful staff and organization. I emailed the staff multiple times with my questions. We received prompt and comprehensive responses that clearly revealed that One Heart Source was taking all the necessary safety measures.
Upon returning, my daughter has shared her amazing stories with us. She taught kids and adults in a village, and then did art club in the evening with other students. Every time she talks about her experience she lights up with happiness. I am so proud of her. She is already talking about wanting to return. I hope one day I can go back with her.
Where is the COMMUNICATION?????? Have contributed money to a volunteer "My Daughter" who is planning on traveling to Zanzibar next week. When I asked her about the recent security matters and her concerns she had not heard anything from the organization.
If you expect people to contribute to a great cause you need to be a great communicator.