Thursday, July 20, 2017

Big little things!

Miracles in a tube!  Josephine, the HealthEd Connect supervisor in the Democratic Republic of Congo shared pictures of two village people they were recently able to help.

The three-year-old child was burned with hot water and the health workers are treating her daily to get the wound healed.  Unfortunately, burns from hot water and cooking fires are common occurrences in the villages where open fires and precariously perched pots are part of the daily living experience.

The picture of the mother's finger looks pretty minor, right?  A little triple antibiotic and a band-aid should do the job.  The issue, however, is lack of even these basic treatments.  This mother cut her hand on sharp grass which later became infected.  Thanks to the health workers and the Neosporin provided by HealthEd Connect supporters, "we cured the wound [and it] is finish" according to Josephine.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

No Child Brides here!

GAP graduates at Chhipulukusu, Zambia
Zambia has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world according to Girls Not Brides.  We're working to change that one-girl-at-a-time by providing scholarships, mentoring, and support systems for girls in the HealthEd Connect schools.  We can -- and must-- change this statistic!  Girls who marry young have children who are more likely to be sickly, fewer job opportunities, less family income and the inability to live up to their potential.

The Girls Achievement Programs (GAP) is one of the most popular extracurricular activities in our schools.  Each time we make a site visit, we look forward to visiting with the self-assured, poised, and energetic graduates of the GAP program who are now attending high school with the assistance of HealthEd Connect scholarships.  YOU GO GIRLS!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Innovative baby seats

Baby bundle
Ingenious Sinkhani!  The health workers in Malawi became concerned about the possible contamination of babies that were weighed in the same little cloth baby seat that had just been used for other babies.  They cleverly decided to tie a baby seat out of the cloth wrapper that every mother uses to carry her baby on her back.  Now every baby has the comfort of its own mother's cloth and no baby is exposed to a seat used by another baby!

To make the cloths work properly, however, you have to hold your tongue in the right position!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cricket Tacos!

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Cricket Tacos anyone??

It's all about eating bugs!  The world population is projected to grow 35% in the next 30 years placing huge strains on our capacity to increase food production.  Africa just may have the answer!  Long connoisseurs of termites and wooly worms, Africans may lead us into a sustainable tomorrow.  Take a look at these comparisons:

    Cows - consume 10 pounds of feed, require 200 square feet of pasture, 1,000 gallons of water and are only 40% edible.

    Crickets -  consume 1.7 pounds of feed, require 2 cubic feet of living space, 1 gallon of water and are 80% edible.

Anyone for a cricket?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazon Smile

Got My Hopes Up!!!

If you're shopping Amazon Prime today, don't forget to start with a smile!!  When you shop Amazon, choose us as your charity of choice, and Amazon will donate to HealthEd Connect with every purchase. Just click on this link for your Amazon Prime deals
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Thursday, June 29, 2017


Thousands of graduates are proudly walking down university aisles this month wearing the traditional robes.  For 99.9% of those graduates, the robes will never be worn again.

Graduates of Graceland University, however, donated their robes to HealthEd Connect to give to people in the villages.  The robes have been proudly repurposed as choir robes and are now dancing down the aisles amidst singing and clapping in villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  How awesome is that??

Note:  Be sure to look for the wide-eyed wanna-be choir member on the front row!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ready for School!

Shy but happy children in Nepal show us their new school supplies and clothes.

Pinkey Malla, our Nepali representative, reports that there were lots of smiles in remote Rai Village recently! After learning that the children of this village were not attending school because they lacked required attire and supplies, our volunteers  carefully measured the children for school uniforms that were then sewn by local seamstresses. Within two weeks uniforms and school supplies were delivered into the hands of the excited new students!

Pinkey states, "Children and parents are so much happy and thankful to us. Parents are sharing that because of poorness they didn't get proper dress to their children. This is first time in Village they got this precious help. Now children are so happy and exited to go school by wearing proper school dress, they have enough copies and pen also. Volunteers will check children's attendance at school time to time and encourage children and parents. You can see happy faces of Rai Village's children in photos. Thank you HealthEd Connect's team and supporters who think for Nepal and their heart for Nepal.
Many many Thanks from Rai Village Children,Parents, Volunteers and HealthEd Connect team of Nepal."

Michelle Mahlik
BOD, HealthEd Connect (