I've seen the lives of orphans and vulnerable children dramatically change as they were nurtured by grief support programs, schools, nutritious hot lunches, and compassionate adults. Love the work and mission of HealthEd Connect!
I've been involved with HealthEd Connect for over 6 years. The results of the grassroots, community-based empowerment approach utilized by the organization speak louder than any words I could write in this review. Each year I return to the communities I am in awe of the organic growth that is happening in the various education and health programs as the local community identifies areas of need and collaborates with HealthEd Connect for identifying sustainable solutions. Global work is a challenging endeavor navigating distance and varied cultures, and HealthEd Connect is committed to listening and learning from the local communities for implementing thoughtful and sustainable tools and resources. While the name may not be universally known or recognized like larger international organizations, the positive impact of HealthEd Connect in the communities in which is serves cannot be stated enough. If you're looking to support an organization that respects the communities in which it works, recognizes a local community knows its own needs' priorities better than any well-meaning outsider, and focuses on providing evidence-based tools and education to the local communities with a foundation of empowerment and partnership, then you've found what you're looking for with HealthEd Connect.
As a social worker, I believe firmly in empowerment as one of the biggest tools for positive change. HealthEd Connect provides education and tools to local volunteer citizens in the communities where they are involved, based on the needs identified by those within the communities. Their's is a commitment for the long-term and to empower entire communities to grow and promote positive change through health and education. And their approach is one that values and recognizes that by partnering together, amazing things can happen. The founders of HealthEd Connect have been working in these communities for many years and have built solid relationships and a genuine respect for the different cultures, foundational to the work being done now by the organization. I have had the priviledge to work on the ground in Zambia with HealthEd Connect for the past two years to help develop programs to support the emotional health of orphans in these communities, and am so humbled to be a part of the work of this organization and the amazing work of the local community health workers who have expanded thier view of "health" from strictly physical to also the mental and emotional. In Zambia, many orphans' and vulnerable children's stories include their lives being affected in some way by HIV. In this culture, there is often a stigma associated with having HIV, and during the time spent in those communities, I witnessed firsthand the local community health workers fighting this stigma through education and support for those who had contracted this virus. There have been lives saved, length and quality of lives prolonged, and babies born HIV-free. In addition, children who have felt the broad spectrum of effects of this disease in their brief lives thus far have been able to discover they are not alone and found a safe space to be emotionally supported. And all of this is thanks to the work of HealthEd Connect in Zambia and the commitment, dedication, and tireless work of the local community healthworkers. What an incredibly humbling priviledge to have witnessed this positive change happening in Zambia! And what hope lies ahead for continued growth and change in these communities because of the shared vision, energy, and dedication of this organization and the local healthworkers!
I've traveled to Zambia with HealthEd Connect to experience their work first-hand. Nine years ago they established three community K-7 schools in the Copperbelt region for orphans who would otherwise not have access to any education. USAID has recognized two of the schools with distinction. Over 1,000 children are currently enrolled and fed daily! HEC provides scholarships through the Girls Achievement Program to continue their education at government schools through the 12th grade. I've met many young scholars who now have dreams of becoming teachers, journalists, and accountants, breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence. And none of this would have happened without the care and commitment of professionally trained community health workers - the heart of HEC's work! Equipping village women with basic health care knowledge in sanitation, nutrition, family planning, disease prevention, safe drinking water, and treatment of topical wounds empowers them as leaders and change makers in their communities. When they encountered so many orphans while providing home care, the health workers advocated for HEC to open schools and develop local leadership committees to run them. I've seen first-hand the progress and successful outcomes! Such a transparent and impactful volunteer-driven organization! Humbled to be a part of the HEC family!
This nonprofit changed my life. I am blown away by their philosophies and ways of empowerment. Most incredible people I have come into contact with.
I have seen several of Health Ed Connects programs in person in Zambia. The schools and programs there are very real, very active, and impact the lives of hundreds of children every single day. I have been in each of the three schools, observed the teachers and staff working, seen the meals served, and seen the excitement and hope instilled in the students there. I have walked with the volunteer health workers as they made visits to the homes of individuals they monitor and assist. The other programs in the Congo, Nepal, and Malawi also make significant impact on children and women each and every day. A contribution to this organization is put to work in programs with real and visible impact. In my opinion, you could not get a bigger more tangible positive result from your contribution than giving to this organization.
I am very aware of the details of this not for profit. As an accounting professional, I am specifically aware of the high standard of operating procedures that Healthed Connect uses to manage it activities. All expenses, including travel expenses of the directors are reviewed by two Board members. We work very hard to follow the dollars spent in our foreign locations, particarily Africa. I can pledge that the dollars of the organization are being used to tremendous benefit of the women and children being served. The organization is open and transparent. If anyone would like to speak to any of the directors or board member, we are open to provide details of our work and how our money is being spent. We are very very proud of the amount of work actually done on the ground in our various locations. Schools have been built, meals are being served, community center has been built, health care workers are being trained and supported, women have generated family income, and children have been taught, loved and supported.
HealthEd Connect is changing lives, and they know how to efficiently put their money and efforts to the best possible use. They also do a great job of keeping all of their contributors and supporters updated on what they are doing.
HealthEd Connect is providing much needed care in many places for many people. They are well-organized, and they provide excellent training for their volunteer workers in the areas they serve. Lives have been changed and saved because of their efforts.
One of the best reasons HealthEd Connect is beneficial is because they work directly with the indigenous people. They are able to get needed supplies to the people without having to go through the government and the ever-present red tape. They create trusting relationships and are sincere about helping people help themselves and build better communities.
We have know Sheri and Jac Kirkpatrick, founders of HealtED Connect--for many years. They are extremely dedicated to Healthed Connect. We get the "news" from the Kirkpatrick almost daily. Sheri is a PHD nurse and Jac a long time minister. One also knows that whatever donations are given to HealtEd Connect the majority of the funds go directly to their projects in Africa, Nepal and other countries.
HealthEd Connect raises awareness and truly meets human need where it is greatest. As a supporter, I feel connected to their mission and appreciate the brief updates via email with a pertinent photo to go with the message. I feel they have clearly demonstrated they are excellent stewards of my investment and get the money to where it is needed most - the under-resourced people of the world.
My sister donates to Health Ed Connect. Subsequently, I have signed up for their regular email updates to see if I might like to donate to their cause as well. After reading the updates for about a year now, I will be making my annual donations to their organization.
Any person who has done their due dilligence in educating themselves about this orgnaizaion will see it is clear Health Ed Connect is one of the best non-profits utilizing proven methods and research on how to make a long-term sustainable impact in the world. As an educator myself, I believe the path to economic sustainability, peace and justice begins with providing opportunities previously unavailable to the world's most financially poor children.
Health Ed Connect will truly change the world by leveling the playing field one child at a time.
We have been regular HealthEd Connect donors for 5 years and have been very impressed with the many ways they enhance the health and education in Nepal and the African countries where they serve those in great need. They train the local people to do the work on the ground and the organization provides the supplies that are necessary. We will continue to support them in any way we can.