Like many college graduates, 23-year-old Kevin Schmidt took a trip after he completed his studies at UCLA this summer. But Schmidt, a 2007 La Cañada High School graduate, wasn’t on vacation. He was working to improve education and HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa.
Schmidt is a part of the non-profit organization OneHeartSource, or OHS, for which he first volunteered three years ago during the summer after his sophomore year at UCLA. Schmidt so took to the experience that he’s been twice more, and now is working for the organization.
OHS, a nondenominational organization seeking lasting social change, was started in 2008 by UCLA graduate Hori Moroaica. Its first project was constructing the OHS Home Center, a shelter for 20 orphaned or abandoned children in Arusha, Tanzania. It has since expanded with education-focused programs, working with schools and other non-profits to improve classrooms and curriculum in Tanzania and Zanzibar.
After working in Tanzania and Zanzibar during his first two summers with OHS, this summer Schmidt was in Cape Town, South Africa with OHS founder Moroaica to help start a third branch of the organization.