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.
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
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
I've been very impressed with the work done be HealthEdConnect and am a regular donor. I have had personal conversations with people working for the nonprofit, and feel very good about how their program is run and what they are trying to do.
HealthEd Connect, a small organization has the amazing ability to impact a great many lives. The nimbleness of a small group of volunteers that can move quickly and are deeply connected within the communities where they work. An extraordinary example is the instant response following the earthquake in Nepal where thousands received food and were assisted with housing. HealthEd Connect assisted remote communities badly stuck by the earthquake others couldn't reach. I am proud to be a part of such an extraordinary organization.
HealthEd Connect puts their money where their mouth is. All individuals in this nonprofit still go, work, and live among the people they serve. I am so impressed by this small orginaztion and what they have been able to do for education. Three villages now have schools and my university students who are training to be teachers here in the US can go work and see first hand how valuable and coveted an education is in Africa. It is amazing work. I have experienced well run and poorly run nonprofits in my line of work and this is one of the best.
Due to their established presence and connections in Nepal, HealthEd Connect was one of the first on the ground with aid and support for earthquake victims. They provided food and shelter to hundreds in remote villages, and continue to do so. Kudos to Jac, Sherri, and the whole team.
HealthEd Connect is a wonderful organization. The success seeds they plant grow beautifully. Love the updates with pictures. Keep doing a great job.
Our family has seen first hand the fantastic work being done by Healthed Connect and the Kirkpatricks. They don't just talk about doing, they DO!
I cannot say enough about HealthEd Connect! My daughter has been involved with Sherri and Jac for several years now and has gone to Zambia two different times. What they do for the people of Zambia who are less fortunate than most of us is remarkable. It touched my daughter is so many ways that her first trip brought about her career change. HealthEd Connect touches everyone who is involved whether that is on their end (they giving end) or the receiving end.
I have learned about HealthEd Connect from my granddaughter who took two separate trips to Zambia this year to support the program. The needs are many in this area of Africa, and are being met in many ways through the teaching that helps increase the skills of the adults and children in the village and through medical care that has shown a true loving and caring support system for many years. HealthEd is administered in an effective way that will continue to develop an independent way of life for these wonderful people that are so eager to learn and take care of their families.
I have loved this non profit for several years. Recently I was able to learn more about their programs while at the International Youth Forum in MO. They are doing such great things. I was happy to purchase a bracelet made by Andrea in Africa and enjoy helping out when I can.
I believe more of my funds I contribute really get used for the purposes I intended. I am included on a blog which allows me know what is happening with this organization. They use volunteers exceptional well to help with their mission and it help those persons to grow in understanding of how to give others hope.
HealthEd Connect successfully creates sustainable opportunities for impoverished areas in Zambia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nepal to improve community members standard of living and quality of life. I have witnessed first-hand the positive effects of HealthEd Connect's presence in three communities in Zambia. Last January, I shadowed the nonprofit and saw empowered women (and men) making incredible change in their communities. HealthEd Connect trains women in the communities to be Healthcare workers and entrepreneurs (that contribute funds to the greater community). Hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children attend the schools created by community members in conjunction with HealthEd Connect's support, as well as benefit from the school lunch program. With a special focus on educating women, they are making powerful strides toward breaking the cycle of poverty in the communities of Chipulukusu, Kasompe, and Zamtan. With intentional planning and expertise, this nonprofit is transforming the lives of many, including my own.
The transformations that occur in the communities where HealthEd has brought education and training are so noticeable and effective that other villages are asking for the same type of training so that their own communities thrive as well.
What's beautiful about it is that the growth truly comes from the energy of the local people who are empowered. The "weakest" groups (women and orphans) are leading the way and inspiring everyone to believe that change is possible and that poverty is not permanent. I am proud to support such great work.
I became aware of Healthed Connect after listening to Sherri Kirkpatrick speak at a Women's Retreat. I was impressed with all of the things they were doing for African families in some very poor communities and decided I wanted to help. For two years, a group from our church has made 400 birthing kits for Zambian women and this year, we made 40 book bags for a school for girls. I receive Sherri's blog and read it regularly. I am amazed at what Healthed Connect is able to do with a little money and I applaud the "on the ground" information they get and evaluate before rushing in to help. Because of this, the help they give is truly needed and wanted. I will continue to support Healthed Connect because I believe in what they do!
I am amazed at how well and how often Jac and Sherry communicate the great things they are doing with HealthEd Connect to interested parties. Peoples lives' are being transformed through HealthEd Connect.
HealthEd Connect does great things every day! There are so many success stories to share from the group, I'm sure the constant updates we receive are only the tip of the iceberg. Such a great group!
This is the greatest nonprofit I have ever been involved with. They do a great job of stretching donations to impact thousands of lives a year. Yearly reports and constant blog updates also keep everyone involved in the know. I have been to Zambia with this group and have seen firsthand how great of a job they have been doing for people for decades. I would recommend this nonprofit to anybody wanting to make a positive difference in this world.
Jac and Sherry Kirkpatrick continue to offer service beyond self to others who do not have the blessings that we here in the US have. I have nothing but respect for the sacrifices that they continue to make helping others and educating a new generation of volunteers in the service of helping others.
I am impressed by and supportive of the important human development projects Healthed Connect has undertaken. My efforts are small monetary donations along with organizing my congregation's sewers as we fulfill our commitment to make apron/uniforms for the African health care workers and school cooks. In the past our congregation has also made baby seats for weighing the little ones and contributed triple antibiotics and aspirin. I especially appreciate the online updates as they help me see the progress and know that my contributions are meaningful.
I am amazed by the dedication, expertise and vision of HEALTHED CONNECT. I believe in its mission and in it as a non-profit that is really making a critical difference. I have often shared its stories of success and inspiration with my friends.
The Kirkpatricks brought decades of experience in international human development and the medical profession to the establishment of HEALTHED CONNECT. They now draw on trusted experts in a number of fields to serve as board members and staff. They have invaluable long established connections on the ground in each nation where they work. In addition to working side by side with villagers in true endeavors of development (rather than charity) they provide opportunities for young adults from developed countries to gain insight into the challenges of resolving critical issues of global poverty. Having worked with Jac and Sherri in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, we know of their high standards, their ethics and values, their competence, and their dedication and commitment. This is not just another non-profit seeking to do good. Look at where the money goes. Follow the hard data in the statistics they monitor. Watch their interactions with people in the nations and villages where they work.
HealthEd Connect is one of the finest non-profit organizations I have ever had the privilege of working with. They are truly out to make a difference in peoples’ lives and have the right tools and resources to be able to do so.
HealthEd Connect meets their clients where they are in development. They have clear goals and a vision for the area they can make the most impact, but allow the individuals they serve to have impact in what will work for the community. HealthEd Connect is also great about connecting donors to the recipients and vice versa, even though they are typically on opposite sides of the globe.
My sister recently traveled to Zambia, Africa with HealthEd Connect. I'm very impressed with the work she has been doing and what HealthEd Connect accomplishes abroad. This is a wonderful organization and I would love to be involved with them in the future.
HealthEd Connect, a Top-Rated Nonprofit in 2013, and is still setting those high standards in 2014!
Working closely with the people that they serve in Zambia, Malawi, Nepal and the D.R. of the Congo. The founders and volunteers love the people that they serve and they work diligently to make their dreams come true. We are building schools and libraries for the children, providing for healthy lunches, digging wells for water, working and training health care workers to provide much needed basic care and delivering healthy babies, this is what HealthEd Connect is all about.
As a donor, you can expect to keep connected with the very people that you are trying to help through personal letters, and social media.
Lifting and empowering communities that face incredible challenges; this is what we love to do!
I've been fortunate to represent HealthEd Connect twice this year in Zambia, Africa. HealthEd Connect is a wonderful example of how the world can change and bring hope to other countries. I appreciated the opportunity to work closely with the founders who exemplified the qualities of not just living for yourself, but living to make the world a better place for all. HealthEd Connect's transparency, framework, and generosity has broaden my perspective. This will continue to change my life forever.
HealthEd Connect is incredible, and in my opinion one of the best nonprofits in the world. I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Zambia three times and observe the life-changing impact their programs are making. HealthEd Connect has not only changed the lives of people in need all over the world through their unique programs, but it has changed mine as well. HealthEd Connect is led by a distinguished board who are driven by the projects and I have confidence they will continue to lead this amazing nonprofit to great places in the future!
I learned about HEC through my sister, who has travelled to Zambia twice with the organisation. It is humbling to remember that basic education (for body and mind) is a luxury in so many places, when I was fortunate enough to think of it as a fundamental right. Through her I have seen how HEC operates with conscientious compassion to support and challenge growth in the individuals and communities it seeks to help. I cannot recommend these programs (and the staff who run them) highly enough.
This summer, I met two women who shared their experience, illustrated by photos, of a recent HEALTHED CONNECT (HEC) trip to Zambia. I was impressed with the community response and dissemination plan for the health training and basic life changing first aid skills provided by HEC. But as an educator, I was most excited by the schools being developed for the children through the intense desire of the mothers in the communities. Mothers everywhere are a force for good, and HEC listened.
Basic teaching strategies are being taught by HEC staff to help women in the community to begin to teach children the elements of language and how to read. This effort feels personal and I want to be part of the solution by encouraging compassionate generosity to raise money for books with children and adults alike.