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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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

sharonmcclain9

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Charles46

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

David245

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

James91

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HealthED Connect is a great organization! I became famiier with it through their employee Lisa Ash. I teach Fifth Grade and used the information Lisa shared with me with my fifth graders. We explored the web site and it was very eye opening for my students. I had the opportunity to purchase 'reading beads for the fifth grade students in our school, we use them every time we read. The web site really hit home with my students. The whole idea that some kids do not get a free education was priceless to them.
This is a great non-profit group that is helping people that really want the help. This was very eye opening for students that feel school is an unnecessary evil!
Kelly Ludwig

Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect works efficiently and effectively to help children that are too often forgotten. The organization relies on volunteers who are dedicated, passionate and highly skilled.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect takes a unique approach to helping communities solve the many challenges that orphans and vulnerable children face throughout the world. The organization has a leadership that is passionate about serving children that have lost parents to the ravages of HIV and helping to improve the health and education of impoverished communities. My life has been changed by being involved in the work that this organization has been a part of.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Healthed Connect addresses both immediate needs and long term development through health and education programs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Healthed Connect continues to to show unwavering support and dedication to women and children who have been forgotten or marginalized by their communities. By addressing their present needs and helping them implement their own plans for a better future HEC is changing lives and their communities. HEC models responsibility and transparentness as an organization which in turn fosters the same. Every dollar is accounted for by both the organization and recipients. HEC volunteers teach how to connect future dreams to present actions paving the way for a better world.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What if your mother had no help in birthing you and you were breech? What if you had lost both parents to HIV and went to live with your blind grandmother who couldn't afford to send you to school? Where would you be, who would you be, would you survive? Now, what if your community had a plan for you? What if volunteer health workers were there for your mother when you were born. What if the community had a school for orphans to attend where children could learn about health as well as reading and writing? HealthEd Connect supports groups in several countries in planning for and implementing these types of solutions. Communities research for themselves and identify their own needs. Health Ed Connect then supports these groups in achieving their goals. Presently HealthEd Connect is involved in several community projects in several countries, like two new schools for orphans and vulnerable children in Kamsompe and Chipulukusu Africa, and health worker education. Projects like these have allowed the entire community to have new hope for the future by addressing the present needs of their women and children. Please support HealthEd Connect in helping communties help themselves.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am impressed with the depth and quality of volunteers serving HealthEd Connect programs in various parts of the world. The fifteen members of the Board of Directors are especially committed and engaged.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HEC is transforming lives locally and globally with volunteers that effect change in communities desperate for health care and education.

Amy_103

Advisor

Rating: 5

HEC is using a sustainable model to empower communities to care for themselves. The projects are executed intentionally with a very strategic eye on the scope and target of all projects. Health education and training of trainers model is in place with some emphasis on economic development activities. The organization has also partnered with university service learning projects to increase access to highly skilled volunteers. I have personally know the leadership of HEC for more than twenty years and can attest not only to their competence but also to their lifelong dedication to serving others.

A well rounded advisory board is engaged with the organization and financial support is directed almost 100% to project execution and community betterment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HEC works to empower communities. Their health care worker model and their training models for small businesses and teachers are well organized.

The overhead and the staff are quite minimal, but the volunteer base is huge!! I've never seen such a small non-profit organization make this wide of an impact. Truly amazing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Community Health Worker model that HealthEd Connect has put to work in communities across Africa and Asia is central in giving members of these communities a voice, especially the families and children with special needs. A Community Health Worker is a trained local volunteer on the ground in the community who assists with primary health care needs, works as a traditional birth attendant and/or provides home based care to those who are ill. HealthEd Connect empowers these local volunteers not only by providing health education skills but by asking them to use their experiences in the community to be agents of change.

The leadership at HealthEd Connect is passionate about seeing these communities succeed and because the organization is volunteer run, a large amount of funds go directly to supporting programs in country. As someone who has worked with the organization over the last couple of years, I am a huge advocate of this sustainable model and life changing mission.

Cherry N.

Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect has been a part of my life for almost 4 years. I am a Bd. member and have traveled with a committed group of individuals who are interested in changing lives, others and theirs! It is a privilege to be associated with loving people who want to share what they have with others. The individuals we see in Zambia have become my second family. HEC has invested time, money and love helping Health Workers and children learn self-esteem and ways to a different way of life. It is a worth while investment!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with HealthEd Connect as a Board member and traveling to Zambia every year. I know HEC has made a difference in the lives of many, many people including mine. Establishing schools, building classrooms, creating a daily lunch program and developing income generating activities are just the beginning of beautiful relationships that have been accomplished over the short years HEC has been working in Zambia. My sisters and brothers in Zambia are eager to work and learn with us to become proficient in different activities, and in return, they work and teach others in their communities. I enjoy being a volunteer for HealthEd connect!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Healthed Connect is a non profit that I deeply admire. Its goal to provide education and health improvements for the people and communities it serves is a goal that I completely feel is the best way to improve the lives of people. The very selective use of local trained and educated personnel is extremely efficient and produces quality people with a new hope and horizon that they could not have dreamed of before Healthed Connect became a reality in their lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

My business is a monthly sponsor to HeathEd Connect, because we are grateful for the work they are doing in Zambia, providing lunch programs to 500 orphans. They also train health care workers who visits patients in their homes to provide friendly company, care and food.

Michael104

Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving on the board for HealthEd Connect is such a privilege. The people with whom we partner in order to create sustainable improvements in their communities are eager and tireless in their dedication, just like the dear people who run the organization with enthusiasm, wisdom, compassion and the utmost of ethical standards. This is the kind of work that feeds the soul!

Board Member

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect offers unique person-centered empowerment to women and AIDS orphans/vulnerable children of Zambia through community schools, physical healthcare, and emotional support of volunteer community health workers. Training is also offered free in the villages of other developing countries like Malawi, Nepal, and the Congo. Hundreds of babies and mothers are alive today because of the trainings guided by HealthEd Connect's volunteer staff, yet provided to these volunteer community health workers in each area by their own leaders. The dedication of the villagers involved is incredible--hundreds of miles walked to deliver a baby or share a simple nutritional solution to save little ones' lives is unimaginable in the US tradition. What a blessing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is committed to making a Big difference with Small overhead. Everyone involved is eager to play a role in sustainable development through a participatory model. HealthEd Connect's global impact is impressive and exciting-- volunteers from many countries come together to empower women and children with health initiatives and improved education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect changed my life. I am so thankful that I got to be included in the life-changing work that HealthEd Connect does not only for their target group in Africa, but also all the volunteers who are included in the work. I have worked with numerous non-profits throughout the years, but I am convinced that HealthEd Connect has it figured out on how to create the world that I want to live in.