In 2007, Mike and Suzanne Mayernick flew to Uganda to bring their little girl, JosieLove, home from Uganda. When they arrived, the 15-pound shell of a 3 1/2-year-old who they came to adopt was raging with a 105 degree fever and at a routine medical exam, they found out that that she had malaria, tuberculosis, and was HIV positive. After just a few months at home receiving the love, attention, and the medical care she needed, this once dying little girl blossomed into a healthy, thriving child. Watching JosieLove's transformation sparked a fire inside of Suzanne and she knew that she was called to help more children like her daughter...so she started Love+One. Love+One International got its name from JosieLove and the plus sign represents the mission to support the HIV positive population.
The Love+One Rescue Center rescues, rehabilitates, and resettles children who are severely malnourished or in need of medical care. It started because Suzanne saw JosieLove in the faces of so many children – sick, broken, unloved...but with so much potential.
Love+One also has a Community Outreach Program that is divided into 3 core ministries.
There are hundreds of remote villages in surrounding areas with limited access to medical care. Love+One partners with the local hospitals to host a medical outreach program that reaches 7 villages, and each village has a liaison that communicates any medical needs in the community to the Love+One staff.
We distribute food to unemployed families as we help them find jobs that will enable them to provide for their families.
The Love+One Staff hosts weekly Bible studies with men from the villages. Fathers of resettled children and friends from their communities gather to learn about the gospel and hope that can only be found in Christ. This program teaches men how to lead their families and raise their children in the Word so that generations to come can be vessels of change.
The core of all that we do is SUSTAINABILITY. Our mission is to create resources that empower and enable people to provide for themselves so that they are not reliant on Love+One as a lifeline.
The Feeding Program started at the Kitwetwe Primary School in 2017. At the time, less than 100 students regularly attended school and they would arrive at school hungry and go home hungry because the school couldn't afford to feed them during the day...hunger was affecting the students' attention spans, ability to learn, and overall energy, so Love+One created a feeding program. Within one month of serving food at the school, the attendance was up to 490 students!
"FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS: THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CHANGE THE WORLD, LOVING ONE CHILD AT A TIME."
- Balm Standard + LOVE ONE TEAM