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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

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

brentandjulie

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 is an organization that we are proud to support through donations! Their work to empower women and end poverty is making a huge impact in parts of the world that desperately need help.

Sandy Chadwick H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very impressed by Healthed Connect and am proud to partner with them through our University.

Dave40

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

HealthEd Connect is a wonderful organization. The success seeds they plant grow beautifully. Love the updates with pictures. Keep doing a great job.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When I retire, I want to become a volunteer for HealthEd Connect.

Ray_18

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Mari7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Pam_69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Helping poor communities live health and priductives lives, while giving OVCS an opportunity to educate themselves out of poverty.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Lynley C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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.

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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.

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.