Thursday, July 18, 2019

Teacher Testimony

A touching testimony from Agnes Mwansa, the Reception (Kindergarten) teacher at the Mapalo Young Peace Maker School in Ndola, Zambia.  We are so proud to have Agnes at our school!

Sherri (L.) showing Agnes her picture on cover of Annual Report

I'm one of the living testimony of HealthEd Connect. I passed through a difficult and terrible situation after the company l was working for collapsed. My first husband had died.
I tried this and that nothing worked out,so l was poverty stricken with my children for many years.
I was only left with a small sewing machine which l used to carry from door to door making clothes and l could only manage for just a meal after two or three days.
I was so weak hopeless , depressed,confused, desperate and so forth from 1999 to 2012.
I joined Young Peace Makers Community School in 2012 as nursery teacher from hence forth things started changing.
Now lam managing to take my children to school.
In the process of suffering my children did not complete school.for the first time in life my two children have gone up to G12.
Because of HealthEd connect support lam a professional teacher .My life has been lifted up physically spiritually emotionally and socially.
Thankyou HealthEd Connect for you support.
I wish you long life.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Keep Smiling!

Love that porridge!

A huge thank you to all of our loyal Amazon shoppers!  You've raised $1,153.45, to date, just by smiling at HealthEd Connect when you shopped at Amazon.  Some people say there's no such thing as a free lunch but we disagree!  Your shopping has provided 9612 lunches for Zambian kids that frequently rely on the school lunch as their sole food that day.  Keep smiling and keep shopping!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Nurses rock!

Vinjeru ready for clinical

HealthEd Connect provides annual nursing scholarships for up to $2,000 per student.  One of the 2019 recipients, Vinjeru Banda, is a 2nd year student in a BSN program in Malawi.  Vinjeru is touched by the many health needs in her country and wants to become a nurse to help alleviate some of the suffering.

Scholarships are available for students in the U.S.A. as well as developing countries.  Application deadlines are September 15 of each year.  If you know of someone who might be interested, please send an email to

Monday, June 24, 2019

Resilient little survivors

Sara and Mercy with their Dad

We were excited to again see the twins, Mercy and Sara, with their Dad when we visited their home in Kasompe, Zambia, last week.  Mercy was baby-sitting a neighbor child (far right), that weighed almost as much as she did, that she carried on her back.

The twins' mother died when they were 3 months old leaving the father with two tiny babies as well as 7 older children.  When our amazing kafwa found out about the twins and the desperate situation their father faced, they sprang into action providing modest clothing and food.  Knowing there was no electricity for a refrigerator, no baby bottles for feeding much less a way to sterilize them, and no money to purchase expensive formula, I innocently asked the kafwa what they fed the babies to keep them alive. They looked at me like I'd just landed from Mars!  When they recovered from hearing such a dumb question, they said, "Nshima [corn meal] porridge, of course.  We just made it thin and spooned it into their little mouths."

When the girls were old enough for school, the kafwa made sure they were enrolled in the Kasompe Community School of Peace even though they had to walk a long distance to and from classes everyday.  The girls are now 13 and handle all of the family's food preparations from buying at little shanty kiosks to cooking it for themselves, their father, and 3 older brothers who still live at home.  Quite a responsibility for such young girls.

Monday, June 10, 2019


The kiddos loved having Braedon read them a story in their classroom at the Mapalo Young Peace Maker school in Zambia.  Not sure who had the most fun--Braedon or the students!

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Visiting Angels

The children at the school in Kasompe know them as the cooks.  The folks in the community know them as visiting angels.  

The Kafwa reported this month that they had been caring for Mr. Chuulu, an 81-year-old man who was very ill and suffering from bed sores.  His wife had abandoned him leaving him alone.  The Kafwa sprang into action, recruited a neighbor to help them, and made sure his wounds were cleaned twice a day.  They were especially grateful for the gloves, aspirin, and antibiotic ointment provided by HealthEd Connect.  Mr. Chuulu passed away but he did so with dignity surrounded by people who cared. Out hats are off to these incredible people who bring babies into the world as well as love people as they leave the world.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bare necessities

It's hard to comprehend the meaning of the words 'bare necessities' until you see the reality.  The small clinic where our Wasaidizi health workers in DR Congo have long volunteered, has beds but no mattresses, babies but no cribs.

The clinic has recently been blessed with several sets of twins that are lined up side-by-side on a bed (with a mattress thank goodness!) because there are no cribs.

We're working to help upgrade the facilities.  Last year donors generously contributed to provide mattresses and equipment for six small birthing centers along the Luapula River in the rural area.  Now it's time to provide critically needed items for a small center in the city of Lubumbashi.  Josephine, our DR Congo supervisor, is preparing a list of needs and costs for us to discuss when we meet with her in Zambia in June.  I'm quite sure she'll have no trouble coming up with a long list.