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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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

I have been privileged to work with HealthEd Connect as a Board Member for several years, as well as traveling with the crew several times to Zambia and Nepal. I have experienced nothing but exemplary ethical and economic standards at work in this organization. Each dollar is treated as a precious gift from a donor and is used with the utmost respect and practical wisdom to achieve the most efficient possible outcome. Not a penny is wasted and almost all work on the American end is done by volunteers. The beautiful people of Zambia and Nepal express the deepest appreciation for our efforts and are often moved to tears or song or dancing at the idea that people they have not met could possibly care so much for them. I can say with absolute certainty that HealthEd Connect is changing the world for the better, through health, education, and a deep sense of connection with the communities they serve.

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.