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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 Story



Rating: 5

I volunteered with One Heart Source in Tanzania during the summer of 2010. It ended up being two of the most impactful months of my life. I went there to teach students about the dangers of HIV and AIDS, but after living there I realized I was doing so much more than that. I was connecting and sharing with people across the globe. I lived with a host family in a village outside of Arusha and loved every minute of it. While living in a mud hut was far different from any living situation I had ever experienced before, its humble amenities and cozy spaces quickly became home to me. After living with my host family I learned how little material things and the acquisition of wealth actually had to do with happiness. The warmth and generosity that I experienced living with people that have so little was amazing to see.
During the weekdays I was teaching at school in the grade 7 classrooms, and I could not have been more pleased with how well things went. One Heart Source had developed a great relationship with the school we worked at, which allowed us to be incredibly effective as teachers. Through One Heart Source’s close relationship with the school administrators and teachers we were able to maintain a cohesive and consistent teaching force that is able to continue year around. This also made my integration into the school much more seamless.
Volunteering with One Heart Source was an amazing experience. I learned and grew more than I ever could have imagined. For anyone who is looking to work at the grassroots level and experience life in Tanzania, this is the volunteer program for you.