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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.