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The Heart Smiles – Donate Today! Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:28:15 +0000 The Heart Smiles advertisement.

Credit for the pictures used in the video: Ama Osei Bonsu

Credit for the video: Zayn Karim

Music: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Song: Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) 

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2013 Top Rated Award From Great Nonprofits Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:56:03 +0000 We did it!  We were honored to be one of the first non-profits to win the 2013 Top Rated Award from!  Thank you to all of our supporters!

2013topratedReview from Lisa272 (5 stars): 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

Review from JMoses (5 stars): 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.

Review from kkaddo40 (5 stars): 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.

Review from Becky44 (5 stars): 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!

And many more! THANK YOU!


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Child Labor Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:18:33 +0000 Someone asked me to tell her what The Heart Smiles did in less than 30 seconds.  We rescue children from child labor.  Simple.  Can you imagine being 10 years old, alone, and being forced to work in the gold mines?  This is the reality for our children and we are in a war to fight it.  The World Bank estimates 1 in 6 children in Ghana are in the labor force.

John Bioh faced this horror.  He was brought to the mines by the family he was living with so that he could earn money.  It’s dirty, it’s dangerous, and it’s not the life we want for our Heart Smiles children.  For a few weeks we were heartbroken.  We sent one of our caretakers to follow him and make sure he was ok.  Luckily we were able to talk to John’s caretakers and make them understand that he must attend school.  Thankfully they agreed and now John is safe and sound in his village.  I included some pictures of John below.

Sadly, we cannot say the same for Enock.  He is still working in the mines and we can’t get him back.  We think of him often and pray for his safety.  He is a gifted artist, with such an incredible spirit.

This is why we fight so hard to get our building completed.  Once we know our children are safe and under our loving roof, we can sleep soundly at night, knowing they are not being forced to work in cocoa or gold mines and beg on the streets.  We will know they are warm, safe, and getting an education.

We must continue our mission.  We must continue to build.  Can you help rescue our children?  Visit and support our current building project.  The rainy season is coming and we must protect our building.

Thank you,

Lindsay Richard

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Meet Bruce Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:52:56 +0000 Meet Bruce Badu Frimpong

bruceWe met Bruce Badu Frimpong on our trip to Ghana in June 2011.

They were shadowing the feeding program on their daily trip to deliver meals. While the children were standing in line, Lindsay (one of our board members) noticed a little boy limping along to get in queue. Daniel, the food program administrator, said he was a new child. Bruce had to walk on the tops of his feet, which were slid into rubber flip flops. His feet were dry and cut from wearing improper shoes. Lindsay noticed that his smile was gone and his spirit almost dead. At that moment, Lindsay made a promise to herself and husband that she would help Bruce.397855_375093619184570_674583690_n

Upon arriving back in San Antonio, Lindsay researched club foot organizations and emailed The CURE Clubfoot program. They gave her some contacts in Ghana and Ama began to make phone calls. Ama was relentless and would not take “no” for an answer. Bruce was finally able to get an appointment with a doctor, but the doctor said his case was too severe. Another doctor was referred and he agreed to perform two surgeries on Bruce. By November 2011, Bruce successfully had his surgery. He spent a few months in rehab and his spirit was reborn. Bruce’s heart is smiling again and it is written all over his precious face!

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