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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

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

The work and worth of this organization is immeasurable - even though much of their work is quantifiable and extremely impressive! Lives are being changed for the better. And, donations go further than can be imagined because of the dedicated work of the volunteers!

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.