Meet Our Team

Change the world, One community at a time

Education, Joy, Culture, Love, Respect, Leadership


These are a few of our core values - the very principles that Heart for the Needy was founded upon. Each child deserves a family. IF we can not find a solution for a child to stay with a family member, we will care for the child in a family environment. We are to be raised in community, not in an institution. Help us fight to end institutionalization of children in Mozambique. 

Reach Out

Make a difference that has a GLOBAL impact

Our goal at Heart for the Needy is to work with communities and help them find solutions for children who have been orphaned. If we cannot find a family member to care for the child, only then do we step in and provide emergency care.  




  • High rate of HIV/AIDS 
  • Official language is Portuguese
  • Average life expectancy is 52 
  • There are over 1.8 million orphans in Mozambique alone

This year has been full of many changes & blessings. Heart for the Needy has finally been able to begin working in communities with orphan populations, and care for children who have no family alternatives for care. Partner with us today and learn about why we are different. 

Urgent Projects

Philemon Olaniyi

Co-founder of Heart for the Needy

Jadon Olaniyi

The youngest member of the team with the most energy 

Heart for the Needy is closing out the year with a bang! On Giving Tuesday, November 28th, we will be sharing more about the exciting plans we have for ministry in 2018. Click the DONATE button to give and help us prepare for the coming year.

Our team in Mozambique has exciting news about the coming months. Beginning in January 2018, Heart for the Needy will be expanding! Stay tuned to learn more about how we will be opening offices in more remote villages in the Nampula Province.

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Laura Olaniyi

Co-founder with her husband, Philemon 


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