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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

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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

Lisa272

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Ama Osei-Bonsu at work. She told me about her cause and I was captivated by her passion to give back to her country. I have shared her mission with others; patients, staff, friends, and family. All the compassion and love this organization demonstrates should be an example to the world...if we all pay it forward and remember someone, somewhere did the same for us...we would all be so much better off. Special thanks to Ama for introducing me to this organization and I look forward to working with her and the others in the near future.
Lisa M Zarfas, RN

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.