The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles
Worldwide Humanitarian Service
Humanitarian Aid Project
Established in New York in 1991, The Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles programme has provided humanitarian aid to many countries around the world. Our organisation is made up entirely of volunteers with representatives from New Zealand, the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. The program seeks to alleviate the sufferings of our brothers and sisters of the world and to bring hope in a tangible way to those less fortunate than ourselves. Our efforts are small on a global scale – however, we believe that such work is important in the way in which it builds bridges between communities and nations.
From 1991 to 1998 humanitarian aid supplies flowed into Russia from Europe and the USA. From 1998 to 2000, shipments were sent to other countries including India, Indonesia, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Marshall Islands. In 2000, a container shipment of clothing and household items was sent to Mozambique for victims of flooding. This was the first initiative that volunteers in New Zealand were involved in, with large amounts of clothing and household goods collected.
In July 2002, following an appeal for help for thousands of children in Angola who had lost their homes as a result of 27 years of civil war, a major effort was launched by our members in New Zealand. Our national organisation currently sends medical, pharmaceutical and educational supplies to over 21 nations, primarily in the South Pacific region.
One of our most popular initiatives is the "Kids to Kids" program in which New Zealand schoolchildren collect personal and educational supplies for their counterparts in the Pacific. This has created much goodwill and friendship among thousands of schoolchildren in our region of the world.
Kindly use our Contact Form if you would like to request information, be involved on any level or have items to donate
Photo top left: Kids to Kids packs ready for distribution.
Photo bottom right: National director, John Marshall in his Auckland office.