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Healthed Connect

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

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

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

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Deborah96

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

The stories are just too numerous for the success of the work being done by HealthEdConnect. I am a donor, past board member, professional nurse and minister. I appreciate and share the ongoing stories they send to us. I am especially proud of all the good work the women are doing in healthcare, and the amount of girls advancing in education and opportunities to make their lives and communities better. This organization hits all my passion buttons to generously give and then actually see the difference it makes.
Denise Leichter, RN

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a previous board member and on ongoing donor; I am so proud of the absolute efficiency and heroic efforts to respond quickly on the ground to the Nepal disaster. The GAP program was just reinforced for me hearing Nobel Prize Winner "Malala" speak in Santa Barbara for girls education. I also know as a healthcare professional; their outcome results linking health and education for body,minds and spirits is a winner!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charitable provides high quality assistance, helps individuals improve the quality of their lives through health and education and their communities with even the smallest of donations. It has very little administration cost and very little overhead costs so the donations have a greater impact than most organizations of this type. The structure is to empower the individuals and not make them dependent of the organization. It is one of the best in its field!!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The co- founders of HealthEd Connect, Jac and Sherri Kirkpatrick, have dedicated their efforts toward helping and educating communities in ways they can improve their living conditions, both in the area of health issues, general living issues and learning how to read, for both old and young.

Their news- letters provide exciting information of the activities provided by HealthEd Connect to the communities they are serving. A number of people have recognized the value of this organization and have volunteered their time to also serve these communities.

Because Health Ed Connect has recognizable value, local leaders of these communities have also reached out to support HealthEd Connect.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with the skills that HealthEd Connect is providing in Zambia such as: educating the children, and providing learning tools for them, sewing, cooking, training workers who already live in the area being served by HealthEd Connect. The directors, through their email updates, have kept me aware of how blessed I am to live in the United States and how blessed others are due to the efforts of such people as Sherri and Jac. It is amazing to see pictures and stories of women who are learning health care skills so they can provide the needed care for their children and their communities and to see pictures of children sharing their new skills. that surround them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The leadership of Healthed Connect are veterans of the global non-profit sector and experts at truly making a difference in the world. Their efforts are highly spoken of at Graceland University where I work. After seeing their annual report detaling the communities they have helped inspire to invest in the education of their children, I decided to make a monthly donation.

It's not near enough, but it is motivating to me to see how far they stretch every dollar. What sets Healthed Connect apart is that the local community is so invested in the success of the schools the community builds and the appreciation for the health care training the local women receive.

Long story short - this is not an outside group coming in and taking over, or deciding what is best. The local community members themselves are heavily invested in the success of each initiative.