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The Heart Smiles

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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

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.

Cris C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about The Heart Smiles by a long trime friend from High School and I am proud to say that I have participated in their activities to raise money and will do it again. The work they do, their passion helping children in Ghana, their love to them and the dedication to the children and family is simply amazing.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Heart Smiles is an amazing organization run by extraordinary people. Donating to this organization has been safe and hassle free. It is amazing how little effort and money it takes on our part here to give so much to a child so far away. Whether it is a one time monetary donation or a monthly donation help today!!! Also visit the organizations Facebook page to see actual photos of how your money is being used!