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Healthed Connect

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Health, Primary & Elementary Schools, Public Health

Mission: To empower women and children through evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs.

Results: In 2018, HealthEd Connect programs and volunteers: -allowed 1,332 orphans and vulnerable children to attend school -facilitated enrichment programs (grief support, sports, etc) for 3,036 children -weighed and monitored 65,619 children, age 0-5 yrs -delivered 4,241 healthy babies -immunized 9,661 infants and children -volunteered 49,974 hours by community health workers

Target demographics: empower women and children through evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 146,700 lives directly touched by HealthEd Connect community health workers

Geographic areas served: Zambia, Malawi, D.R. Congo, and Nepal

Programs: Schools for Orphans and Vulnerable children in Zambia; Community Health Worker programs in Malawi, DR. Congo, Zambia, and Nepal.

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HealthEd Connect since 2013 through a partnership with the Kansas CIty Rotary Club as well as through my own donations. HealthEd Connect asks people what they need and then how HEC help. Over the years of my involvement I have seen schools grow from serving kindergarten and first grades to full schools of K-7. Teachers receive additional training through scholarships. This past year the seventh graders not only passed the national tests, they received the highest scores. Volunteer women are trained to provide simple medical help plus they cook lunch for the school children. There is program for pre-adolescent girls to encourage them to continue their education rather than marry as teen-agers. HEC is making such a difference in the lives of many people - and thus in the world. I make donations outside my Rotary involvement and continue to sing my praises!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being of service to the HealthEd Connect efforts is hard work. And yet, it is never as hard as it is rewarding, as we see our African and Nepalese partners thriving with new, sustainable opportunities to enrich their lives, heal their bodies, and build community. I am grateful to be invited to serve on the board of directors and to participate in the co-creation of peace and justice.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been honored to serve on the HealthEd Connect board for many years now. I know intimately how wisely and carefully funds are used to support responsible partnerships with communities in Africa and Nepal in a locally rooted approach to effect sustainable change.

Donor

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is an outstanding organization devoted to meeting health needs in rural communities and providing education to women and children who may otherwise go without. I am proud to support this amazing organization and their continued success!

Donor

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is a very good organization. They send us information step by step about the wonderful things they are do for so many people in need. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to be part of such an organization.

I want to thank Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick and her husband Jac for their dedication to this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The amount of care that I saw Health Ed Connect had for the people of Zambia was absolutely incredible. It was truly a blessing to watch communities rise up from awful conditions and band together to help create a better life for those around them, and to see how Health Ed Connect merely provided minimal guidance and the tools for them to do so. The non-paternalistic approach really helped keep the progress going, as the communities steamrolled forward to build more classrooms for their schools, create sustainable gardens, provide a healthy meal for children who may have not been able to eat otherwise, and so much more. That's not to say that Health Ed Connect wasn't very involved, in fact far from it. They seem to have designed the program after the famous saying, "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime". All in all, the amount of positive impact I saw from the organization was astounding to say the least. Definetly 5/5 stars

Donor

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is an organization that my wife and I have have supported for sometime. Because we are older and not well traveled, we have little impact on the world at large. However, by supporting HealthEd Connect we reach from Missouri to Africa to Asia, and help thousands of people far beyond our reach. Health services for many who otherwise would not get help, school and education for children left out we can give vicariously through our small donations that connect heath and education for thousands.

Donor

Rating: 5

I really love HealthEd Connect because they listen to what the people need and then teach them how to acomplish their goals. The trip I took with them was really special because I could see the impact they make on each person and the community as a whole.

Donor

Rating: 5

A long-time supporter of HealthEd Connect, I recently had the opportunity to go to Zambia and see their work in person. This experience made me even more passionate about the work they are doing. I was especially struck by the way HealthEd Connect develops deep relationships with members of the communities they are helping and truly listens to their needs and ideas for solutions, then empowers them to make those ideas a reality. They are truly making a difference in the lives of women and children.

Natalie H.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a lifelong supporter of HealthEd Connect and I recently had the opportunity to see the team in action at three of their schools in Zambia! It is difficult to summarize my experience there, all I can say is "Wow!". They always seek understanding of what a community needs before taking action in order for to ensure that their efforts are not wasted. They work through goals of empowerment of women and children and their work is helping break cycles. The HEC team is responsive, responsible, and truly caring.

brentandjulie

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been donating to HealthEd Connect for many years. This summer we had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Zambia to see the work first-hand! It is difficult to put into words the enormous impact that this nonprofit is having in these communities. The thing that struck us immediately was the depth of the relationships that have been formed with the local people and how those relationships have paved the way for local decision making and leadership to develop. The HealthEd Connect philosophy to empower others through education and the needed financial support to get their projects off the ground has given new hope to communities that are struggling with even the very basic living needs. Our initial shock at the extreme level of need turned into optimism as we met passionate community members at every turn. They were so appreciative of the opportunities to learn and make positive changes in their communities through their partnership with HealthEd Connect. Our time in Zambia ended with new friendships and most importantly, new understandings of the role of empowerment in abolishing poverty. This nonprofit is the real deal!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been giving to HealthEd Connect for years now and are so impressed with the dedication and leadership of this organization! It is refreshing to know that our donations are really making an impact on helping people end the cycle of poverty.

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Donor

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect has impacted (and continues to impact) so many lives. I was able to track the HealthEd Connect team on their latest trip to Zambia and Malawi through a Garmin satellite communicator. It was really neat to follow them during their trip. I was even able to see the schools in Zambia via satellite imaging. Amazing what HealthEd Connect has done!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow! What a great organization. I enjoyed learning about the work HealthEd Connect is doing in Zambia and Malawi through my sister who recently went on a trip with HealthEd Connect. I look forward to supporting these amazing people in their future endeavors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is an amazing organization. I was able to experience the impact they are making first hand on my recent trip to Zambia and Malawi. I am amazed by the wonderful things they have done over seas, and am proud to be a HealthEd Connect supporter!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a sustaining donor for HealthEd Connect because of the strength and impact of its programs — in particular, the data-driven methodologies for addressing health needs in the communities it serves. I also appreciate how well-informed HealthEd Connect keeps me about allocation of funds across the different programs.

Thad W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Always focused on helping people to help themselves, especially empowering women. Great organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Judy and I were introduced to HealthEd Connect six or seven years ago and have been very impressed with the life-saving and life-enhancing programs that they have created and developed in partnership with the local professionals and volunteers in the countries where they work in Southern Africa and Nepal. They initially focused on local health workers who deliver and monitor the growth and development of babies and children. They then progressed to fill the great need for educating those children, many of whom are orphans. We never cease to be amazed at what they can do with so little seed money. Their work and programs have even motivated the local tribal chiefs to donate land and local resources to assist in the development of more schools and clinics. We never tire of watching which local needs they will tackle next.
Ron and Judy Carter
Columbia, MO.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing organization with a powerful impact -- empowering women, children and communities with health education and education services.

andmur02

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect lives out its mission daily because of the empowerment of individuals across the globe that this organization has facilitated. Women and children in Africa and Nepal have better lives because of HealthEd Connect!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect truly lives out its mission of empowering women and children through evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs. They have created a sense of volunteerism in the three different communities I visited in Zambia in 2013. For the past 20+ years, Sherri has been training community health workers to look after the most vulnerable in their community. In that same caring sense, those community health workers came together a few years ago and said we need to not only take care of the sick among us, but also the children. They decided they needed schools. Thus three community schools were created. Having visited, observed, and taught in these schools I can, without a doubt, say that these schools are changing lives! Everything they do is intentionally planned and culturally relevant to the people they are working WITH.

Donor

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is the best! Countless lives have been saved; children and young people are being educated; and entire communities are changed for the better. Future leaders are being nurtured in the most positive ways.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Thrilled to see the lives changed by the incredible work done by the people of this organization! Vision, passion, and perseverance truly DO make a positive difference in the world.

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Jackie F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is really a great non-profit. With only two paid positions, most of the money goes to helping the women, children and communities. They provide health education to enable more children to grow to adulthood. The volunteer workers in the various communities where it is established have been recognized by their governments.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a farmer in the great food basket of Iowa. I was so please to see how instructors @ Health Ed were teaching the value and use of greens by tire gardens. The students are able to harvest much needed additional food and at the same time receive a first hand demonstration how it is produced.
Thank You L. Green

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about this organization since 2009, when my daughter volunteered to help with a project in Africa. Her enthusiasm for the work they do, really impacted me. As I learn even more about the good works they do in many, many areas, I am more and more impressed. Great leadership focused on great local service and relationships.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is a small nonprofit making a BIG impact! Through the evidence-based health, education, and advocacy programs that HealthEd Connect is a part of, thousands of lives are lifted and improved. By helping to make education accessible to the most vulnerable, and training community health workers to support local needs, a spark is lit to share what has been learned with others. This makes a positive impact for the whole community! That's the kind of work HealthEd Connect is a part of!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is responding to some of the most important issues and needs that impact the welfare of children and adults in communities that lack access to adequate healthcare and education. My husband and I lived in Zambia for a year and frequently visited some of the communities in which HealthEd Connect now works. It is inspiring to hear about and see the positive impact happening in these communities as local community healthcare workers and teachers are being trained by HealthEd Connect to respond to some of the most pressing needs in the community. Some of their initiatives include free of charge schooling and meals for orphaned children, home based care for people with AIDS, and providing education for the care giving of babies and monitoring their growth. This model encourages the empowerment of women and children, which is exactly the mission of HealthEd Connect.

Becca F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non-profit that I have worked and traveled with. I had an incredible experience and am very impressed with their care model and how they run their organization. The founders are great people with big hearts, and the work they do is truly changing not only individual lives but whole communities. I could not give a higher recommendation for this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with HealthEd Connect as a volunteer, donor and office staff for four years. I have personally seen the positive effects of an organization that is successful because of our zeal for human life. At HealthEd Connect we are a family of volunteers and donors making a big impact in the lives we partner with in the Copperbelt of Zambia, Africa and Nepal, India.
Lifesaving medical and educational training has been made available to countless village women and men through our professional volunteers that have provided the ground training needed to empower communities for better lives. The success of the programs is simply this, the deep appreciation for human life and a passion for a future of hope.
From our local volunteers and donors to our Zambian and Nepali village health care volunteers on the ground, this team works! And, the transformation can't be missed! To learn more about us and see the faces and smiles of transformation, please visit us at healthedconnect.org, or heathedconnect on Facebook and Instagram

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My opportunity to travel with Health Ed connect this summer was an incredible blessing both in the relationships and perspectives that I gained. I have never fully realized how critical that Health Ed connect's focuses on education for all and personal relationships really are to individuals and communities. I am inspired and awed by HEC's passion for accessible education for orphans and the ways that they empower others to strive towards that goal. And I am also touched by their kindness and intentionality with every single person they meet along their journey, whether health worker, taxi driver, airport employee, or anything else. My travels have reminded me to never take for granted a trip to the library, the zoo, a museum, or my free public high school education. I am inspired by their efforts to open up some doors to accessing information to orphans, some of the most vulnerable children in Zambia.

Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is doing such amazing work with women, children, and orphans in Africa. The health care, maternity care, and education they provide makes such a difference in so many lives in areas where the need is very great. The workers are well-trained, caring, compassionate, and dedicated. I'm honored to support this excellent organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the incredible privilege of traveling with this group this summer. Never before have I seen a group of people create such a large impact. I witnessed firsthand the effects HealthEd Connect has had on their communities in Zambia. They are extremely hands on and involved in all the work that gets done. The founders are even known by their first names by those in the communities. One thing that i find sets them apart is that all of their employees in their Zambian schools are Zambian. This means they are not only helping the students in these areas but the adults as well. The health workers they train are vital to their communities. I struggle to express the total pride I have in knowing these people and to stress how much I truly believe in this group and the work they are doing. If I had the opportunity of giving them more than five stars, I would.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am learning more and more about HealthEdConnect from Lauren Hall and it is amazing what all they are doing! I love hearing her stories when she comes back from her trips to Zambia. And she explains where the money goes that people donate and it makes you want to immediately donate more!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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