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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: To provide orphaned Ghanaian children with a home that ensures good health, strong minds, hope, and a reason to smile.

Target demographics: Orphaned children have a safe place to live and be loved!

Geographic areas served: Ghana, West Africa

Programs: We provide feeding program, medical assistance, school uniforms, orphanage builind expenses.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization's name truly signals the work it does: evoking smiles inside out of the hearts of the less fortunate children it serves. On a shoe-string budget, I have closely observed this organization over the years tenaciously grow from a tiny idea to a big dream. Kids who had no hope now given hope; the unfed, fed; the unsheltered, sheltered; those who had no chance of going to school now given the opportunity; and subsequently offered the prospects of a career and the chance to contribute meaningfully to society. Heart Smiles' idea might have been simple, the mission daunting and yet its impact manifold, positively, across communities. I urge anyone looking to make our world a better place to wholeheartedly join in this organization's mission, cash and/or in kind. Bless you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Heart Smiles is the best organization. In 2015, I got a chance to visit the orphanage in West Africa, Ghana. It was great experience; these kids are amazing and joy they provide when you are around them. Ama and her team are doing a wonderful job with these children. I am very proud to be a donor. Keep up the good work

Donor

Rating: 5

Heartsmiles! This organization has put smiles on many kids faces and it’s incredible to see how these kids are shining in their academics, social life and living a healthy life style that most of them might not have access to. The founder is an amazing woman who gives 110% and more of everything she has to take care of these precious kids. Of course there are always challenges in every organization but collectively Heartsmiles always rise to the challenges. All these would not be possible without the generosity of the donors and the volunteers so Please continue to support with your substances, time, or whatever means possible to move Heartsmiles to a higher height for better future for these kids.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a top notch non-profit organization that I will highly recommend to anyone willing to help the vulnerable and put a smile on a heart. Every single dime donated goes straight to the kids well being. The founder’s passion for helping others is infectious when she shares her journey on establishing this organization. She’s positively impacting the lives of these kids and breeding scholars who will help change the world. Some of us are doing our part to support this organization and changing lives. Don’t sit on the fence, please jump in and let’s make the world a better place.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm Douglas Owusu. Headmaster/ Caretaker at The Heart Smiles Home Ghana.
Indeed Heart Smiles is doing marvellous by putting Smiles and happiness to these vulnerable, needy and the orphans in our community. We are in a community whereby vulnerable, needy and orphans are not well take care of resulting in teenage pregnancy, school drop out and child labour but thanks to Heart Smiles these kids can now have access to quality education, good health whiles those who couldn't attend senior high school are also learning a trade.
Now Heart Smiles have five students in tertiary education thus one lady in college of education, one lady in college of health whiles other two males are waiting for their admission and another male in the university. We also have nine students in senior high school.
Skills learning is also paramount to Heart Smiles hence nine people have the opportunity to also learn a trade.
Hence The Heart Smiles is really putting Smiles on the faces of these children.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Heart Smiles is an “Outstanding” organization supporting orphans in Ghana, Africa! I served in and with the USAF for 40 years and know when an organization has good leadership and mission focus. Now going on my seventh year supporting this orphanage, I can attest to the aforementioned qualities.

I met Ama (lab tech) as a patient in a hospital at 3 a.m. Before she took my blood, she asked what I was watching on my iPad. I said “Jiggers” being cut out of children in Africa. I mentioned I would donate to the sand flee cause but didn’t know if it’s legit. She then ask if I wanted to donate to orphans in Africa? I asked why then she proceeded to tell me she owned an Orphanage in Ghana.

Skeptical, I asked if she had a web site. I looked at the site for months checking out the orphans who needed to be sponsored and came across a set of twin girls. That was it, started sponsorship in 2016. The needs of the orphanage also coincided with my hobby of refurbishing computers. They now have a large computer lab with internet capability.

Besides monthly support, there is a multitude of other needs, i.e. 50 new orphans needing sponsors; cost of annual shipment of donated goods to Ghana; Birthday and Christmas parties; potable water systems; security lights; latrines for the boys and girls, and the list goes on. I got to know Ama the President and Owner personally. She is a remarkable Human Being with endless passion, perseverance, and commitment to this cause! I unequivocally recommend support to this “Outstanding” organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When The Heart Smiles came to visit my school, I was absolutely in awe with the passion and love that AMA brought to us. Her care for the children is beyond inspirational, and her stories are forever engraved into my heart. This program is essential to better the lives of not only the children, but for anyone who may cross paths with it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Heart Smiles is an amazing organization who puts thought and care into all the events they plan because they truly care about creating better lives for the kids!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first learned about this organization i was instantly drawn into interest. I absolutely LOVED ama’s energy the entire time and the stuff she will do to just make sure these kids have a good life is just phenomenal. i love this charity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ama and The Heart Smiles is a gift that keeps on giving. Ama has cared for these children as her own and we are happy to be able to help support the growth of The Heart Smiles and the work with the children.

We have sponsored a child for several years and have enjoyed watching her grown from a child to a lovely young woman. Yes, this does make The Heart Smile.

Jacque A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first met Ama three years or so ago. I was instantly drawn to her energy. I was invited last year to a presentation of her nonprofit. She and her team are doing a wonderful job for these children. They are blessed to have her!

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Ama and heard about the children several years ago. We sponsor a child and hope to go visit her and all the children next year. I love this organization and the work being done to give the children the best lives they can give them.

Donor

Rating: 5

100 percent of the profits go to this village; to these beautiful little souls! We are beyond honored to give to the Heart Smiles!

Janet B.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Heart Smiles is an amazing organization. My family and I were introduced to Ama and this inspiring group a few years ago. We sponsor child and it is nice to see how these children grow and prosper. My husband organized computers for these children to help them navigate through their academic journey. What Heart Smiles is doing is truly wonderful.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ama and her team are phenomenal!
We met in school, and I remember her telling me that she chose to continue education in order to earn more money to provide for her kids. Her entire being is for her kids.
I will forever support her organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is full of devoted selfless genuine and hard working people. The first time we met them they treated us like family. My husband and two sons played the Gala in 2018. It was an amazing night full of giving. My school has also been involved in donating school supplies and writing letters to the children in Ghana. My family has definitely made a connection with them and we look forward to new memories with this organization.

Jennifer P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been blessed to volunteer for THS for two years. Ama and her amazing team are bringing, health, love and hope to the next generation of Ghana. Amazing organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This charity does so much good for so many children and I am so proud to be a board member. 100% of all money raised goes to our kids and we all volunteer our time! My son also volunteers and is learning that we may not be able to change the world but maybe we can change the world for a few!

Didi A M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A compassionate organization that does everything to help brighten the future of Ghanaian youths

Rosario Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization which was formed by my beautiful friend Ama. She is truly devoted to the children . My family has been sponsoring 2 young boys for the past 5 years. I Love to see them growing up in a safe environment, where they are being educated, feed, provide with clothing, shelter and all their essential things to prosper and become young men and women with a trade and education to make a difference in our world. We are proud sponsors and will continue to be, thank you Ama for all you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

I love The Heart Smiles! They are an incredible organization that truly puts others first. We have donated and seen that money go right to work on improving the lives of the children they care for. The Heart Smiles is fully volunteer run, so 100% of the money donated goes to the kids. Ama is an amazing person on a mission to change lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is one I hold dear to my heart. Mainly because of its lovely founder, Ama, who greets everyone with a smile and shares her passion for the children and community she serves with pride. It has been an honor being a guest at The Heart Smiles events and I will continue to support their mission and bring people to their worthy organization.

Eric Oppong G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that is purely no profit and helping to take care of children in Ghana. They have amazing campus taking care of children with disabilities, homeless children and orphans. They treat, train and equip them to have a better life. Love Heart smiles.

Marina R.1

Donor

Rating: 5

There are no words to explain the beautiful things Ama has done for the foundation. Seeing the happy kids is all that matters. Props to you for all you do.

Lisa272

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It should be on there now...you’re AMAZING & I love you!

My review, “This is the most worthy nonprofit I’ve ever been associated with. I have sponsored 3 children for many years and it’s so delightful when I hear from them and know how well they are doing. One beautiful woman, Ama Osei-Bonsu, started this years ago and when she said she would “build a home” for the children of Ghana...she did! She is so inspiring, full of love and compassion for these children, and most of all, she is humble in her work. My children and grandson are a part of this organization as well, and my hope is they will continue this long after I am gone. May God continue to bless you Ama & the children of Heart Smiles! “

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit organization is the best organization I've ever been associated with. I have seen firsthand how HeartSmiles has blessed some many children in such a relatively short amount of time. From getting the children to school and educated to building them a place to call home with running water! One remarkable lady had a vision to help those less fortunate then herself...and she definitely has! I absolutely love to see my sponsored child thriving and it's all thanks to Ama Osei-Bonsu and her dream come true! ❤️

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Suzanne Slight H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Ama is amazing and relentless in her quest to help make a difference. I will continue to help her and spread the word about this worthwhile organization.

Katrina T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor for Heart Smiles for 4 years. 100% of the donations go towards the mission of this organization. Ama, the founder, is absolutely selfless and amazing! She holds a full time job so she can make sure that all of the donations go
Towards the mission of supporting the children in Ghana. If you want to support an organization where your dollar is much needed and will go a very long way, then this is the organization for you!

1 Megan112

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is changing so many little lives for the better! I love doing work for THS because it is so humbling to see these kids appreciate so little. I have been apart of this organization for 3 years and hopefully for many more to come!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations that I have ever had the pleasure of being apart of. It is so incredibly humbling to see smiles on the childrens' faces from giving them something like clothes, shoes, and books, that we take so much for granted here in U.S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is changing so many little lives for the better!

3 Lisa130

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Heart Smiles sponsor for 6 years now. This summer I traveled to Ghana and took my 21 year old daughter with me to spend three weeks there with the kids and the founder, Ama Bonsu. We saw first hand and experienced in the flesh what this charity does for the kids. I saw where every penny goes, and saw how happy and healthy the kids are. The village children came daily to look on, and I wish they fared as well. Through specific earmarked donations from sponsors, THS also sponsored a village health fair, giving free medical checkups, food, and medicines to the local people. It was glorious and SO needed. I have known Ama for going on seven years, and never have I met a more genuine honest person with more integrity and love in their heart. She lives to help these children. There is not a more deserving charity, nor one so hard won through the work of one woman with a mission and a dream to serve others. I am honored to be a part and call her friend, and truly blessed to sponsor 8 children financially and 54 spiritually and emotionally. The call me "Mama Lisa" and no other name sounds as sweet. Half my heart is in Ghana forever.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to several charities for children, but this one is closest to my heart. Started by one woman and a dream to spend her life helping children. I see their efforts continually compounded, their joys and sorrows are open and honest, and I receive continual updates on not only the children K sponsor, but the others as well. Photo updates on the building progress, and all of the aspects of aid they provide. I know board members personally and some life long, and can vouch for the utmost integrity. I am a monthly supporter of 3 siblings, having started with one child. I will continue to support more children through Heart Smiles as I am able. They give all they can for the children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization is really changing the lives of children in Ghana, I'm working with the organization in Ghana. The children are health and always happy, the organization is bringing out the future of these children. God bless Ama and her team members to continue doing this great work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has an amazing backstory and mission! Ama and all of the board members work hard to continually change these orphans lives for the better!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Heart Smiles is truly the most amazing organization! My son did his Eagle Scout project for them and sent all of the kids a backpack with clothing and personal care items. The kids wrote letters, drew pictures, and sent many photographs of them wearing their new clothing and backpacks. This is an organization you can fully trust. They are changing lives. I was so impressed with their work, I joined their effort and have been honored to work with them.

Amedee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know the founder and the president of the board and know that every dime raised goes to the children in Ghana. I love being a volunteer for them and a sponsor for little Margaret, while my husband sponsors Bruce, whose feet were straightened through the collaboration with this foundation, Catholic Charities in Ghana and the amazing Doctors Without Borders. I am proud to be a volunteer with The Heart Smiles Organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a distinct pleasure to be associated with such a driven group of volunteers with The Heart Smiles Foundation. The children in Ghana who were having to take care of each other inspired the name of the foundation. Because people care enough, these children now have a childhood,an education,and nutritious meals and healthcare. My heart smiles when I see the picture of the two 7 year old twins whom my husband and I sponsor. What a positive impact for their corner of the world!

Nana A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is by far the best nonprofit organization. When the good Lord has a hand in your life nothing is impossible. It's real . I see it grow by the day and the smiles on the faces of these children show so much appreciation. The heart sure do smile. Am with you guys all the way . Bless

Tracy28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization dedicated to changing the lives of orphan children in Ghana. Founded with a vision and purpose, The Heart Smiles organization, is committed to providing the needs of children and positively impacting their future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Heart Smiles organization is a labor of love for the founder, Mrs. Ama Osei-Bonsu. With the support of the board members and volunteers, the heart smiles organization is committed to providing a better way of life for 60 orphaned children in Ghana, West Africa. The board and foundation supporters work tirelessly to make sure that the children are healthy, fed and, have uniforms. All of the proceeds from the sale of the fair trade Nepal bracelets, various art pieces and jewelry from Ghana, and all other fund raisers go directly to fulfill the mission of the The Heart Smiles organization. The foundation has been prepared and we are excited to break ground on our building project in Ghana! With the help of dedicated supporters and volunteers we have been able to accomplish much in three years. Want to know more? Visit us at theheartsmiles.org to learn more about the mission and how you can help.

Amy_270

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has truly changed lives. It was founded by loving people, who care about the needs of children and their families in Ghana. So many lives, in Ghana, have been Blessed by this organization. With donations, Heart Smiles, has been able to provide an orphanage and a school in Ghana. I love this organization because the families at an elementary school, help with fundraising, and the students know exactly how the money is used. This past year, each class had a picture of a child from Ghana that they were helping. It truly made the fundraising experience "more real."

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization changes lives! It is run by selfless individuals who truly wish to serve others. The children in Ghana are so blessed.

Jennifer533

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization run by people who whole heartedly care for others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Heart Smiles is an organization that is run by a Boatd that oversees first hand that the donations go to the kids basic needs to medical and educational needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people and amazing organization. These people lead with a servants heart and are changing lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization and followed their growth and development for years. They are continually changing the lives of children that will form our future generations. Great charity that genuinely cares about those they work to better the lives at and will stop at nothing to accomplish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These people really really care about these kids and helping them at any cost. Love working with them for this beautiful cause!

Donor

Rating: 5

Easy to donate. Love the pictures they post of the kiddos we help by donations!

Donor

Rating: 5

My friend is a leader in this organization and she and her team are selfless as they try to raise the life experience of these kids in need

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a design professional working with the Heart Smiles Organization in Ghana and San Antonio, I've seen numerous debilitating obstacles arise, yet each time they bounced back stronger and actually lept forward.

I've visited the children at the site and spent time understanding Ama's long term vision and aspirations for not just the organization, but for how children can piece together a sense of family and self identity.

Ama's dedication is unshakable, and nothing will stop her. (Trust me!) Each member of the organization is aligned in the same way, each aligned with the common goal.



Donor

Rating: 5

A special thank you to Ama and these wonderful ladies who have selflessly given the time to provide, and care for these precious little angels. You all are truly making a difference in the lives of these children and your works will continue to be blessed. Keep up the good work.

Pamela44

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Heart Smiles is a wonderful organization making a huge difference in the lives of children. All of the board members and volunteers not only work completely for free but take out of their own pockets to help with the childrens needs. I was fortunate enough to go to Africa last year and see for myself the great progress that the Heart Smiles has made and meet the wonderful children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an AMAZING group of women who are passionate and dedicated to improving the lives of those who don't always have the ability to help themselves. They provide lots of opportunities for the community to get involved, and the earned money goes to such a great cause. Keep up the good work please!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic group of ladies! They are passionate about what they each can do to make a difference in the lives of the children in Ghana. I'm blessed to play a small part in their outreach.

Becky44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently become a volunteer for The Heart Smiles, I am so happy to have been given this opportunity. I really appreciate the openness to any and all information provided directly by Ama and the board members. I can't wait to travel to Ghana so I can really dig in and help all these kids that are in such desperate need of our basic needs like daily meals, clean water, and of course shelter. I am so fond of this organization I not only donate my time but also money. Knowing this organization I KNOW every penny I give goes straight to those kids - an unheard of thing in this day and age!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud of Ama for taking this huge responsibility. I quite remember when she decided to take this path, I asked her what inspired her to do this and this is what she said 'when we cast our mind back, we know how God has BLESSED us and you know this is our passion and this our way of saying THANK YOU LORD and also giving back to our community' then I said wow. And I know you have the passion, because you frequently leave your two young daughters here and travel to Ghana for this project. And even while's here, you are still juggling between being a mother and a wife and also planing and organizing fundraising for your other children as you call them. I am very very proud..

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am blessed and honored to be a part of The Heart Smiles Organization! I met Ama, the founder, a few years ago and her work in Ghana inspired me. Her dream of adopting children has been the inspiration for this organization and the outreach that it has in Ghana has impacted so many children. I think it is so important that every dollar they raise goes back to benefit the children. Meals are supplied daily, school uniforms are provided and their medical needs are met. Everyone involved in this organization has a big heart and puts the children first. To see their dream of an orphanage take shape is a true testimate to "being the change you want to see in the world"!

Ama O.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very humble by all the love, we have receive by serving these wonderful children, they have blessed my life so much and know their lives are in our hands is what drive us to keep fighting for them. Together we saving one child at a time, from Bruce ! To Ama ' please check out our website www.theheartsmiles.org and read some of their stories . Why is our organzitization different from others ?. We make sure they stay in school and don't have to work in the mining business or farming . in our program our deal to the children is , stay in school and leave the rest to us. I love, love being their mommy Ama and am grateful that am leaving my dream and having a purpose in this life!!!!

Kori A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with The Heart Smiles because from the moment I met their team, I knew that their hearts and their vision was TOTAL dedication to help the orphans of Ghana. I couldn't believe that they were 100% volunteer and that even their director received no financial benefit from running the group. This is the type of team I hope to be a part of for years. I've told my friends about them and now I'd like to tell you - come check out The Heart Smiles and see all that we are doing to better the lives of these precious little ones!

Kahlendo J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to a few organizations, out of all the organizations I donate to, The Heart Smiles, is the only organization where I know that all of the moneys donated to go helping the orphans in Ghana. It is such an honor to meet, and give to a group of individuals who selflessly give and do for these children in Ghana. The founder Ama, and all the board members are the most dedicated individuals and work tirelessly to raise funds and provide for the orphans. Keep up the good work.

Terry22

Donor

Rating: 5

The greatest organization with the greatest, most devoted group of people running it. They give 100% of their time and money to the goals of this organization and the orphaned children of Ghana. I cannot think of any other charity with the most passion and devotion!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked several different fund raising events with this organization from garage sales to parties and each one has been a great experience that left me feeling like I really made a difference. Additionally I travelled with the group to Ghana to deliver supplies and meet with local officials, contractors, community members and of course the children. It was a truly extraordinary experience that I would gladly do again. Everyone involved with The Heart Smiles gives freely of themselves, their time and money with no expectation of compensation beyond the good feeling that comes with helping other people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

One of the most obvious elements of this organization is the PASSION within. I know one of the board members personally, and she has served hands on in Ghana and in the States, and hands-down her dedication and excellence in service to these children is INSPIRING. I especially appreciate they are partnered with a local woman, and empowering her to a successful agent of change in her very own country - not like "rich westerners" who swoop in build something and then leave. Their fundraising efforts are practical and fun, and make GIVING that much easier and cheerful.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As president of The Heart Smiles I can personally vouch for this organization. The founder, Ama, is from Ghana, and had a dream of making a difference in her home country. After moving to the United States, attending college and marrying a pharmacist, she became a lab assistant at Methodist Hospital and began Heart Smiles. A mother to two beautiful children, she also considers herself to be "Mama Ama" to her beautiful 60 children in Ghana. Ama is an angel at her job, helping sick patients smile. Her presence and heart make your own heart smile. Board members travel to Ghana 1-2 times a year making sure the feeding program is run smoothly and all children are healthy and happy. Right now The Heart Smiles is focused on making sure all children get fed daily, attend school everyday and recieve medical care and check ups. The Heart Smiles is also beginning to build the loving home that will house our children in the future. All money donated goes to the children as board members do not get paid at all to serve.

Jenny28

Donor

Rating: 5

Heart Smiles is a wonderful nonprofit, and it is run by some amazing women! They are helping these young children in such significant ways, and the good news is that even a little donation makes a big difference for these African children.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to and participated in numerous events to help The Heart Smiles. By means of fundraisers and community events, this organization is changing lives for orphans in Ghana. The organization has participated in carnivals, garage sales, dinners, parties, galas, jewelry sales, and craft sales. There is no opportunity this group will not take to ensure that others know these children and the life they deserve.

Pam_20

Donor

Rating: 5

I met this incredible woman, Ama, four years ago. She told me her story and I saw her heart when she talked about helping the children of her native country. She started with a dream and slowly, but surely, this dream has become a reality. She works relentlessly to help the orphans of her country. She has some amazing women on her board now that help give her direction and inspiration. I am so honored to be a small part of helping that dream come true by sponsoring children at the orphanage and help bring awareness to others. My heart truly smiles when I learn that orphaned children in Ghana are being helped and that they know there are people outside of their small world that care. Thank you Heart Smiles! I love you guys!

Melissa79

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization and the women that run it are top notch. The group works tirelessly for the good of the children they serve. They put them first in all that they do. 100% of what is contributed to Heart Smiles goes to the children. My husband and I believe in what they do and gladly sponsor children each month to help out. You can't go wrong in giving hem your support as well.