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One Heart Source

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Children & Youth, Education, Health, Primary & Elementary Schools, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

160 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One day you might get a random email about an opportunity to teach health in Cape Town, SA with One Heart Source. A piece of advice to you is answer that email, turn in an application, and accept the opportunity to jump into the unknown with no hesitation. One Heart Source does an amazing job of making you feel prepared, comfortable, and most of all safe. It's scary at first to go to a foreign country to teach a topic you may not feel worthy to teach to children, but in the end, you will feel beyond satisfied with the time and effort you have put into getting there and being there. Not only this, but you will make the best friends, have best the adventures, and make a family and home out of a foreign place and you will crave to go back each and every day. I am beyond grateful for One Heart Source and the experiences they provided me with.

Jordan E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The experience that this organization allowed me to have is indescribable. The relationships I built and the people I met were amazing. I hope that everyone has the chance to expense something like this during their lifetime. One Heart Source goes above and beyond for the students in their program and for their volunteers. I cannot think of a better organization. Thank you OHS for the opportunity of a life time ❤️❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I so profoundly enjoyed my time in Cape Town with One Heart Source. The team, locals, and volunteers are all wonderful people, and I truly felt appreciated for my time and efforts. I learned so much from every single person and opportunity we were given: from teaching the kids, to delivering meds to chronic patients, to cooking for the patients of Imizamo Yethu's Clinic. This was the experience of a lifetime!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The two weeks I spent in Cape Town have been life-changing. I have never felt so connected with the people I spent two weeks with and the students I mentored. They all have such spirit that was so welcoming and I am so happy that I got to meet and work with them so well. One Heart Source does an amazing job of organizing all the logistics and making sure everyone is comfortable and safe. They created a family-like environment that I am grateful for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The past summer I mentored with OHS and it was one of the best summers I’ve had yet. The organization made sure that each of the mentors mattered and was there for the student, which was why every one of the mentors were there for. Not only did I feel like I made an impact in my mentees lives but they made a huge one on mine. I can’t wait to go back and explore the beautiful, culture rich country and reconnect with the leadership and my fellow mentors.

hgawenda

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I never thought that a group of young adults could have such a strong and everlasting impact on my life. Volunteering with OHS has been a life changing experience for me and have changed the way I see the world. Getting the opportunity to spend four amazing weeks exploring South Africa in ways that I could never imagine has been an unforgettable experience. The relationship that OHS has with the community made it that much more powerful.

Gabrielle E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with One Heart Source this summer and it was absolutely life-changing. These kids have touched me in a way I didn’t know possible and taught me so much. I had so much fun getting to have relationships with them! We were able to be apart of their community for a while and were immersed in their culture. The leadership of this program is so amazing! They were kind, helpful, respectful, and did everything with their whole heart. They inspired me to be a better teacher and person. I am taking home with me so many values from the community and with a new perspective. This trip opened my mind and filled my heart. Two weeks weren't enough. I highly recommend applying, it is truly an amazing opportunity. Thank you One Heart Source!

Taylor E.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with OHS this year. All the leadership of the program were absolutely amazing, knowledgeable, kind, caring and helpful. They were able to teach me so much and guide me to be a better person !! The students were also such an inspiration to be working with. This experience is one of a kind and even sometimes hard to explain in words because it is so incredible. I recommend for anyone to volunteer with OHS if they have the opportunity, you won’t regret it!!

Sara M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with One Heart Source summer 2019 for 2 weeks, focusing on health development. It was an incredible experience. Not only did we get to work with children in the community and teach them, but we got to interact with other community leaders who are actively making a difference in their community. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested and financially able to participate in this program to sign up! Truly a lifechanging experience. Not to mention, you make incredible friends with the other volunteers that are participating. The area we stayed in was safe as well. This is a credible organization.

Maddi M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Heart Source is a phenomenal organization and let me tell you why. As most of us that I have volunteered, we found out via an email! Take a chance on this organization! Let me tell you, it was kinda scary to follow through due to the distance, but the impact and experience is worth it. I recently completed my second year volunteering and it was like I never left. One Heart Source gives you an opportunity to work with people from all over, locals, and of course, the children. The children bring smiles to your faces everyday and teach you life lessons that you could never imagine. The staff that works with you through your journey are incredibly motivation, supportive, and helpful. You not only create a bond with your fellow mentors, the students, but also the staff. The staff helps you have the best experience you could possibly have. I encourage everyone to step outside of their comfort zone and reach out to an organization like this one. I can tell you all right now. I'll be back next year without hesitation.

Amanda C.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so grateful I came across this nonprofit when I got an email from my school. Truly an amazing experience! Cape Town, South Africa is beautiful and the students you meet will change your life and heart. I recommend this nonprofit to anyone interested in helping change a students life education or health wise. So wonderful!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the fall of 2017 I unknowingly received an invitation for the opportunity to travel to Cape Town, SA with a random group of people to take on the adventure of a lifetime. With a heart for helping and a passion for social work, I immediately knew One Heart Source was the organization for me. The leadership team is phenomenal, as they were approachable and always willing to go the extra mile for mentors, students and families. I will be returning to SA with OHS in 2019 to continue my journey and make an impact on other young, hopeful children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated with One Heart Source this past summer and I can truly say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. To begin with, I was traveling to a completely new part of the world that I had never looked into visiting, so of course I was nervous. Once arriving at Cape Town and was greeted by the One Heart Source members, I can say that the nervousness went away. The group was truly amazing. They bring people together from all over the United States to this area where nobody really knows each other and builds a community with those people in such a short time. I loved my time there and am planning on helping with One Heart Source in the upcoming summer!! OHS

Rachel J.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with One Heart Source this past summer, and I can genuinely say it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life! I was nervous at first about having little experience traveling abroad, and about not knowing what to do when I arrived, but OHS was careful and conscientious about providing us resources and teaching us what to do. The leadership ensures that volunteers are safe, well fed, and happy, and the community we work with is incredibly welcoming of us. OHS is structured so that volunteers learn and grow throughout their time in South Africa, and so that you form meaningful and lasting connections with learners, other volunteers, and community members. I absolutely encourage anyone who is interested to apply to One Heart Source and become involved with a life-changing network and experience!

Taylor C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with One Heart Source for two years now and will be going back for a third for the summer of 2019. I have too many positive things to say about One Heart Source. The leadership team is approachable, open to improvements, as well as very knowledgeable. The experience that you have while in South Africa is one that you will not forget. One Heart Source focuses on working together with a community. The relationship that I have formed with my students is unique and is what makes me keeps me coming back. This is not only a great experience but very education. This organization places a big focus on learning about the history of where the program is run. There is also constant dialogue about a lot of the topics that are difficult to talk about but allows for conversation to learning to take place! I highly recommend this program for anyone who wants to form meaningful connections!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with One Heart Source this past summer and had an amazing time. The highlight of the trip getting to know the students at the school. OHS did a wonderful job of supporting us in coming up with lesson plans and figuring out how to best teach our students. We had plenty of opportunities to get to know the community and become immersed in the culture. I had a fantastic time and I can't wait to go back!

Anneliese L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don’t have enough words to describe how much One Heart Source means to me! My cohort has become my family, and the people of IY and the kids we work with are some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. People say that trips like these change your life, and I got to experience this first hand in Cape Town. Teaching my grade seven mentee about health combined my loves for both medicine and teaching, and has ignited a spark in me to continue to pursue this career path. The leadership team welcomed me with open arms, helped me become a better mentor, and helped me reflect on myself and the world around me. They made me feel so special and made all of us feel how important the work One Heart Source does truly is. This experience is one that I will always be grateful for!

Anthony M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Heart Source is a great nonprofit organization that helps the students in the Imizamo Yethu Community in Cape Town South Africa. They do a great job of exposing mentors to the different parts of Cape Town. Whether it be exposing them to the language, culture, townships, immersions, and citizens of the community. They take great care of the mentors and provide a safe, learning environment that is conducive to success. I would encourage anyone to apply to One Heart Source and become a mentor and have a life changing experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time this past summer with One Heart Source, it was a fulfilling experience and I loved every minute of it. OHS is so important, and understands their impact, as well as understands how critical it is that they educate the community. I was in South Africa for 2 weeks at the beginning of the summer, and I loved it, the bond that the cohort built, as well as the bonds that I built with my student, will stick with me forever. I had an amazing time and I cannot wait to get back next summer and continue this important work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To rate One Heart Source as a great non-profit is an understatement. This organization truly understands the importance and necessity of a sustainable program that will instill positive change over generations of people. One Heart Source truly listens to the people of the community and changes their curriculum and program to cater to the needs of the community. They encourage the volunteers to immerse themselves into the culture to not only better communicate with their students but also experience a different perspective and see through the lens of another. The culture coaches certainly did not take any time getting to love and respect each volunteer and every volunteer truly learned more from their students than they were taught. I have been a volunteer for 2 years now and I cannot wait to return to the family that I have formed in Cape Town every time. #HealthSquad