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.
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.
I really look forward to hearing how my young lad is doing and seeing his lovely smile in the photos Sarah and Phil kindly bring back. I feel so proud when I read Elisha’s school report and hope that maybe I'm giving him a little boost in life. We have so much in this country, it's a privilege to be able to give something back.
I started sponsoring Violet when the school first started. I was especially privileged to be able to meet Violet and visit the school in 2016. It was the most amazing experience of my life. I am now also sponsoring a six year old boy called Brian, and I have already had a letter from him and reports from the teachers about his progress. I look forward to watching him develop in the same way that I have seen Violet progress. It's really amazing that you can actually change a child's life - and give them hope for the future - by spending less than the cost of a packet of crisps a day. The satisfaction you get from knowing that these children really appreciate their opportunities, and that you are giving them the bedrock of an excellent education to prepare them for their future is priceless.
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.
I love that I can help someone that I haven’t met! Sponsoring Kevin and Grace means I can give them a chance at a better future than they would have had. I really love getting the photos and seeing the joy in the children’s faces… you can tell they really love going to school. Having visited Africa myself I know that the need there is so great; but the little that I can give makes me feel I’m doing some good.
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.