Expanding and protecting the mind of young people placed in difficult situations is an important task and requires leadership and tools. One Heart is dedicated to improving the conditions for orphans to learn by improving facilities, providing materials and books as well as computer skills where possible. We are working with universities to send their student teachers out in the field to provide training for teachers on site, as an in-service mission, so teaching methods and curriculum can be improved.
Chancellor of Education – Ron Crossman
There is no one better to oversee this program than Ron Crossman. With 36 years in education split between teaching and administration (11 years as a principal in public high school, and 9 more as the principal for an ED and BD facility for emotionally and behaviorally dysfunctional children) and and having been raised by others growing up, Ron knows first hand ho to teach, motivate, nurture and succor while seeing to the needs of young people.
Many orphanages will not allow pictures to be taken, especially of children. This is understandable, not only because of privacy concerns but also because of Safety reasons. We do not want to place children at risk and take precautions to ensure their safety.
Provide clean Water
The need for clean water remains a critical impediment for those who do not have potable water readily accessible Not only is it a hardship for many to have to walk miles to the nearest well, but often these tasks are culturally assigned to women and girls. Such tasks take them away from their family where they are at risk, often walking alone. In addition it keeps them from doing their studies, so it becomes a very important part of our mission to provide clean water.
Waterborne illnesses are a serious health threat and we must do more to help people have access to clean water.
Taprish is an NGO we rely on to help us with this great need. As our sister Charity Taprish is associated with partner Taj Khyber Rowland. We are proud to be affiliated with these successful water projects and look forward to their expansion.
Build an Orphanage
We have a select group of contractors who are willing to go abroad for the time it takes to build an orphanage or school. Most recently we helped build a school in Bolivia. (See pictures of Projects)
Before we embark on our next school or orphanage we will first secure the funds, then you will see a volunteer list pop up on our sight. When service, medical and construction missions are available, we will post it on our site. If you would like to be wait listed, please email firstname.lastname@example.orgThose who donate are given the first chance to participate.
Provide a Scholarship
The Creative Art Scholarship program will be overseen by Nicole Woodruff and Cynthea Sandoval. Nicole holds a BFA degree and has taught art in public schools and on special occasions for Weber State University. Cynthea has been a highly successful designer and is president and creative art director for Doodlebug Design. Her designs have sold at every major craft and hobby store in the nation. She currently exports to over 50 countries from her warehouse, which is larger than a soccer field. She has thousands of products available through her distributors like Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Hobby Lobby, Joanns.com and Michaels.com.
Nicole and Cynthea are the liaisons between the One Heart and participating Orphanages and are in charge of the committee to adjudicate art, award scholarships and secure art supplies as donations in kind. Companies that support the Arts, like Doodlebug Design, Inc., provide much needed art supplies, paper and writing instruments to give these children a creative outlet.
Soon you will see on our site, a web-store whose profits will provide scholarships to higher education and help support these orphanages and schools, and you will be able to purchase the art orphans create. Students will be selected for scholarships based on their submissions.
Through the assistance of Prince Stefanos Mengesha of Ethiopia, we are working with an orphanage in Addis Ababa. The first scholarship recipient there is a girl who is preparing to enter the university. One Heart will continue to fund her education, room and board.
Feed a child
Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival and child development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in their communities, and to be resilient in the face of disease or disaster.
Yet malnutrition is linked to nearly half of all childhood deaths under 5 — stealing about 3 million young lives a year. And for millions of children, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts their physical and mental growth.
The first 1,000 days from the start of a woman's pregnancy to a child's second birthday offer a window of opportunity for preventing under-nutrition and its consequences. During this period support is needed with breastfeeding, nutrition-rich foods for infants and micro-nutrient supplements. By focusing on these first 1,000 days, humanitarian efforts with global partners have helped cut the number of children badly affected by stunting by millions since 1990.
Since 1990, significant improvements have been made in child health. The under-five mortality rate has decreased by 49%, from 90 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 46 per 1,000 in 2013. However, improvements in child survival and health have not been equally distributed and several countries and communities continue facing unacceptably high levels of child mortality. Significant gaps remain between the richest and poorest families, both between countries and within countries. Moreover, the majority of deaths in low-income countries are still from preventable infectious diseases including pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Progress is hindered in many low- and middle-income countries by weak health systems, resulting in global recognition of the importance of investing in health systems strengthening, with particular focus on strengthening the community as an integral component of the broader health system
As a note of interest, independent of One Heart, Dr. Steve Perhson and Dr. Don Wood have personally overseen the donation of over $1,000,000.00 US and the delivery of $1,500,000.00 in medical supplies to impoverished children around the world.
Become a volunteer
One heart supports volunteer missions from doctors, PA's and nurses who are willing to spend a few weeks examining those children who may not have regular access to medical care in remote orphanages and hospitals where orphans are directed to seek treatment.
John Lauck, president of the Children's Miracle Network has graciously opened doors to 170 CMN Children's Hospitals, inviting those doctors who wish to volunteer and share their unique talents and skills abroad to assist One Heart. Those physicians and nurses who have a desire to volunteer time on a mini medical mission may contact the One Heart Executive Director of Health Services and Advisory Board Member, Steve Pehrson, M.D.
DID YOU KNOW?
12 children under five die every minute in the world from various causes, many are preventable.
According to UNICEF, today, infant and childhood vaccination saves up to 3 million children's lives a year. Conflict, displacement and poverty keep some of the most vulnerable children from getting the vaccines they need. Today, 1.5 million children die every year because they were not vaccinated. If all children were immunized with existing vaccines, by 2020 we would save nearly 25 million lives.
Infant and childhood vaccinations save an estimated 3 million lives every year.
Around the world, 1 in 5 children under 5 remains unvaccinated
The number of deaths from measles decreased by 71% since 2000
Still, around 400 children still die every day from measles, a vaccine-preventable disease
A donation of $25 can vaccinate 42 children against polio
Adopt an orphan
One Heart encourages the adoption of orphans and recommends agencies which have a track record of successfully handling the paperwork and legal aspects of this process. While we endeavor to vet and recommend the finest organizations, we advise interested individuals to avail themselves of legal representation and to seek counsel so that you may be assured of the best results. Some agencies are better equipped than others to negotiate the bureaucratic paths on foreign soil. Others like, Heart to Heart have an excellent record in the USA and can assist you.
The Prince of Ethiopia, Stefanos Mengesha recently told us, from his personal personal experience, when selecting a child from orphanages, "do not be too quick to select the one with the outgoing personality". He said that if it were up to him, he would "always choose a child with a disability as they return unconditional love".