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