“When Sons of Anarchy finished filming Season 4, my wife and I went to Tanzania to visit our daughter who was working as Education Director of the school (One Heart Source). There we found our daughter happily living in a mud hut, teaching elementary school students, and fluently speaking Swahili. No electricity, no running water—but an amazing school with beautiful children. Many of these children are the first people in their village to be able to read.”
With these words, Kyla and Kim Coates invite Hometown Pasadena readers to join them for a fundraiser at a fine dining establishment in Burbank on Saturday, October 13th.
One Heart Source was created by UCLA students in 2008 as a response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic which had orphaned 1.1 million children in Tanzania. Their goal was to create a “sustainable” home for these children. In the years since, OHS has “expanded from a home center to community-based programs focused on education, health, and empowerment.”
In December of 2008, major construction was completed on the OHS’s Children’s Home. In 2009, they welcomed their first six children to reside there. Soon, they were able to double the amount of acreage they had, planning to build a community soccer field and grow organic foods. They planted mango, avocado, and papaya trees; passion fruit vines; and banana plants. They began to prepare the land for major crops in order to reach their goal of “food self-sufficiency.”
At the end of their second year, the number of children making the OHS Home their home rose to fourteen. The organizations volunteers also expanded their HIV prevention and education programs to other schools in nearby villages, as well as after-school programs in English and the Arts. They also branched out to repair and reinforce roads, and create a new “choo” (pit toilet) at a local primary school that previously had no facilities available for their hundreds of students.
In 2010, OSH expanded into Zanzibar. In 2011, they undertook their “largest community development project to date, funding and overseeing the construction of two new classrooms” for a secondary school. They also started programs in Cape Town, South Africa.
“At one time, One Heart Source was just a name.…It became a movement whispered, and now spoken.”
The other morning, we overheard a Starbucks barrista admit to a customer—in a whisper—that his suggestion to check out Sons of Anarchy has turned her into a rabid fan; she spent her whole weekend indulging in a SoA marathon.
So, embrace your secret weakness for SoA, nurture your desire to help those in need, and find out that indeed anarchists can have a heart.
Hogs for Heart: One Heart Source Benefit
Saturday, Oct. 13th, 7-10 p.m.
Tickets: $200 per person, includes food and drink
Purchase tickets at oneheartsource.org and for questions, email hogsforheart(at)gmail.com
Location disclosed upon receipt of payment