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Open Hearts and Minds

Giving disadvantaged children the chance of an education.

Phil and Sarah met Edward in 2009 when they were living in Kenya.  Edward had a dream… to build a school for disadvantaged children in the village he grew up in.  While visiting the village, Phil and Sarah were struck by the children’s desperate desire to learn; but their parents simply couldn’t afford to send them to school. They drove away from the village determined to do something to help ease this situation. Together with Edward, they founded Open Hearts and Minds; they built a school in this deprived community in western Kenya for children whose families cannot afford to send them to school.

Read more about OHAM  and find out more about the School

We are so privileged in the western world to have easy access to education.  Fact: up to 1.4 million children do not attend primary school in Kenya.  But with your help we can change this and make these children’s dreams come true; now they can look forward to their future with hope and open hearts and minds.

Find out how you can help in our mission to bring education to these children.

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It’s as cheap as a chocolate bar!

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2020 – A Strange Year for Open Hearts and Minds School

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The Open Hearts and Minds Charity is such a wonderful charity to support.

OHAM gives children a future they deserve, with opportunities for employment, good health and happiness. As a small charity I know any financial support I give goes straight to working for the children and their community. For me and my family we have the joy of receiving gorgeous letters and pictures from Vivien and reports from the teacher letting us know how she is getting on in class, and also her friendships and health. It is the direct link to the school that makes the experience of supporting OHAM far more personal and special. Our small monthly contribution is shaping Vivien’s future and supporting her friends and family too for today and for tomorrow.

SH, Cheshire, UK

We first got to know Linet when I was in sixth grade and my school was raising money for Open Hearts and Minds. For one year I was her penpal. I enjoyed learning of her life in Kenya and how much the school meant to her and the affect it was having on her life. When I learned families could sponsor a student at the school I asked my parents if we could sponsor Linet. For the past five years we have been her sponsor. We love getting updates from her, hearing about the subjects she likes and dislikes, and how much she loves the school. My Mom likes knowing Linet is getting two hot meals a day. But, we especially like knowing she is getting an education.

JD, Massachusetts, USA

My children love sponsoring Joseph through the Open Hearts and Minds School.  We particularly asked if we could sponsor a child who is the same age as our son, so that we could watch him grown and compare their lives to see what differences there are - it has been quite an eye opener for all of us, and a brilliant lesson for our children.  We enjoy receiving the school reports and photographs giving us an update on his progress. It is amazing to think we are supporting a child through school for just the price of a chocolate bar a day - it is incredible and so easy to do.

SJH, Cheshire, UK

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OHAM is registered as a non-government organisation in Kenya: No. OP.218/051/2009/092/5676.

OHAM is a 501(c)(3) public charity in the USA. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

OHAM is recognised as a charity in the UK by HMRC for tax purposes. This means you can Gift-Aid your donations.