Mission: Empowering the people of africa to survive the hiv/aids pandemic by providing disease prevention education and economic development programs.
Programs: Heart wheel:the focus of heart is to empower the people of africa to survive and to thrive beyond the hiv/aids pandemic. We accomplish this through integrated cross-cutting projects such as; hiv prevention education messages combating the spread of hiv/aids and monitoring drug adherence, testing for and addressing opportunistic diseases such as tb, malaria, typhoid and cervical cancer; developing economic infrastructure, focus on gender equality; and working closely with local grass roots leaders (community driven development) to build their capacity of good governance through establishing self help groups (shg) community based organizations (cbo) and helping cbos reach the next level of development -non- government organizations (ngo). Heart assists these communities and individuals to launch sustainable micro-enterprise projects which empower those affected by hiv/aids to care for themselves, and the orphaned and vulnerable children of their families and villages.
general kenyan support:orphan prevention and self-sustainability projects- 15 shg/cbos established by heart in 15 different locations in kenya- 4 cbos graduated in 2014 and capable of receiving direct fundingheart maintains a mentorship relationship and assists in linking them to direct grants from usaid/pepfar, national aids control council (kenyan government); stephen lewis foundation (canadian) and international solidarity foundation (finland) with heart as the mentor- 1 cbo graduated to ngo status and is now has self- sustainable funding as we mentor them on governance and accountability issues- 803 students supported with school fees from heart and our partners- 84 of these in primary schools; 602 in secondary schools; 82 in colleges & polytechnics and 35 in universities- 277 women served by women equality empowerment project (weep) an "orphan prevention" project assisting women living with aids to be trained to support their own children- 71 weep participants graduated to alumni status this year and many weep graduates are now supporting siblings (that have died from aids) besides their own children- 831 weep women children supported with shelter, nutrition, health and education- 187,071 children and pregnant mothers have malaria protection through 59,253 nets made by our weep participants in 2014 and distributed by heart and our partners throughout kenya- 129,727 school girls have received a "freedom for girls" packet and are now empowered to stay in school (a year's supply of sanitary towels, underwear and an educational pamphlet)heart is partnering with international rotary and lions clubs and p&g - 37 greenhouses have been purchased and offering the kids for school cbos orphans and guardians food security and income generating activities - 64 bed girls dorm in the maasai village of oldonyonyokiethe kenyan government built the dorm and heart has worked alongside the community in share costing to support the girl child education. Before the dorm they had 1 -2 girls graduating from 8th grade in this public school before the dorm and 25 graduated in 2014 and heart supported to enter high school
teams:in 2014 teams visited several weep centers, churches and factories throughout kenya and provided assistance by teaching woman and the youth, visiting children and visiting homes of hiv positive women. In addition the teams built seven homes.
Professional with expertise in this field
Roy & I run a ministry called Eden's Song where we serve missionaries out on the field. HEART is one of our favorite places to visit for many reasons. The staff, food and rooms at the lodge are wonderful. There is not a high enough compliment for how they treat their guests...and feed them! The organization helps many people throughout Kenya providing many options for self-sufficiency and village unity. Vickie is amazingly in love with Kenya and the people of the country. She has spent much of her life working side by side with them, learning their culture and what would help them. Nothing stops her from teaching them to strive for better health & education. Eden's Song promotes and provides for Kids for School, Freedom for Girls as well as the WEEP programs. Each year we look forward to spending a portion of our trips through Africa with HEART.