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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 Stories

126 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Heart Source exceeded any expectations I had coming in, and my expectations were very high. From the bonds developed with those working alongside you to your immersion into the culture, OHS provides a unique experience that stays with you after it's over. This program truly has it all, and the only negative to my trip was that I didn't stay longer. I can't wait to get back to South Africa next year and expand on our work even further!

2 aras

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was evident that the spirit of the local people had either rubbed off or remarkably coincided with that of the OHS Team. One Heart Source and our South African hosts certainly helped us all more than we helped them. Nothing was done without love and the efforts of the organization to create an inclusive environment led to what I regard as a second family.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, I choose to volunteer for 2 weeks with OHS. Turns out it was one of the best experiences of my life! The leaders and people are all amazing and I have learned so so much!! Working with kids and being immersed in the IY community has been such a blessing. I highly recommend volunteering with one heart source!!

1 Kaitlyn O.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The people of this community, especially the students are some of the most loving, hopeful and kind human beings I have ever met. They have truly inspired me to live my life in a different way. Thank you to One Heart Source for giving all of us room to grow and make this program unique. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything! I would recommend this trip to anyone... great great experience!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program is the greatest thing that one can do with their summer. I went and had my eyes opened with new experiences, and a new sense of awareness of this world. In Cape Town, I was made aware of the hope and togetherness of a community that I didn't know was possible. I was part of that hope and I was part of that togetherness that even made me feel hopeful for the futures of those young children. The program is well put together. The staff is determined. The peers you meet are as friendly as can be. The students are eager. Overall, the sheer passion that surrounds this Nonprofit is simply inspiring.

Review from Guidestar

3 Breanna C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have felt a love that I never knew existed. A desire to pull the best out of others, even when they don't know it's there. I have cried for and with my student. I have seen people overcome extreme circumstances and make the best out if what they have. I have learned to appreciate everything and strive for the best. Volunteering for this program has been the best decision I have ever made! The people are great. The staff is wonderful. The students are the best!!

Review from Guidestar

1 Dulce J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Overall great experience. I only did the program for a week and wished I had done it for at least two weeks, so I would have been able to work with my student longer. I definitely recommend this program to everyone who is passionate about education!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed working with my students. It was definitely a very rewarding experience and happy to have been apart of the program!

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Emily145

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Extremely friendly group of volunteers, fellows, and hosts! Experience was definitely enriching and puts views into retrospect. The classroom experience will definitely give you a taste of education outside of the modern American classroom education and program. One Heart Source exceeded my expectations and still has room for improvement!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time volunteering for One Heart Source and after just a few days into my program I knew I wanted to do it again. All of the One Fellows were so kind and I had so much fun with all the other volunteers. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to expand their horizons and meet a bunch of cool people

Review from Guidestar