Thursday, December 13, 2018

Celebration Time!

School is out in Zambia!  As with kids everywhere, the last day of school is a day of celebration.  It is an especially big event at our partner schools, however, since the usual lunch of porridge is replaced with an extra special meal.

The kafwa cooks arrived early to get the charcoal fires burning to cook rice (an expensive and prized food in Zambia), sausage (meat of any kind is a rare treat), and vegies (always a welcome food).  To top things off, each child received a a special yogurt-type Super Shake drink.  

Mumba Emmanuel, one of the teachers reported, "a party was held to celebrate the accomplishments we have attained together in the year 2018 as a team. ... alot of activities were lined up to make the event more colourful. Such things like sketches,songs,poems .It was really a wonderful moment for all of us!!

Kasompe End-of-School Celebration

Similar celebrations were held in Kasompe and Zamtan where the children were equally as excited!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Honored Again!

Healthed Connect Nonprofit Overview and Reviews on GreatNonprofits

        Thanks to our fans, we won a 2018 Top-Rated Award!

One of our supporters wrote:
This is really a great non-profit. With only two paid positions, most of the money goes to helping the women, children and communities. They provide health education to enable more children to grow to adulthood. The volunteer workers in the various communities where it is established have been recognized by their governments.

Another said:
HealthEd Connect has impacted (and continues to impact) so many lives. I was able to track the HealthEd Connect team on their latest trip to Zambia and Malawi through a Garmin satellite communicator. It was really neat to follow them during their trip. I was even able to see the schools in Zambia via satellite imaging. Amazing what HealthEd Connect has done!

Still another wrote:
I am a farmer in the great food basket of Iowa. I was so please to see how instructors @ Health Ed were teaching the value and use of greens by tire gardens. The students are able to harvest much needed additional food and at the same time receive a first hand demonstration how it is produced.
Thank You.

And finally:
I am so proud to be a sustaining donor for HealthEd Connect because of the strength and impact of its programs — in particular, the data-driven methodologies for addressing health needs in the communities it serves. I also appreciate how well-informed HealthEd Connect keeps me about allocation of funds across the different programs.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Thanksgiving Prayer Beads

Kafwa paper-bead necklaces

Our amazing kafwa are providing comfort and encouragement far beyond their own villages and communities.  Their reach is far and wide.
On Thanksgiving eve I received a forwarded message from a friend I have yet to meet.  She's going through a difficult chemo journey and wrote the following to a friend who gave her one of the paper-bead necklaces made by the kafwa health workers in Zambia:

I have been very remiss in sending a thank you.... for your very thoughtful gifts of the beautiful necklace from Africa via HealthEd Connect (a very impressive organization providing much needed support)...  The necklace is in my chemo bag and accompanies me to my treatments. Such tokens feel both powerful and comforting, and I love your idea of counting my friends and family in its links. 

Our amazing kafwa are providing comfort and encouragement far beyond their own villages and communities.  For the kafwa and their far-reaching ministry, we give thanks. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Back to School

Jane assisting with immunizations
Jane has long dreamed of becoming a nurse.  She began working toward that goal last month by enrolling in the 10th grade on her way toward the high school diploma required for admission to nursing school. 

Jane brings health and hope to countless people in her rural community in Luapula Province, Zambia.  She is the quintessential health worker!!  As she makes rounds in her village carrying a bag of guava leaves she'll use to make an effective antiseptic for open wounds, Jane keeps a log of the 30+ people she's seeing who have leg ulcers and need treatment.

She tirelessly weighs babies, walks moms in labor to the clinic to give birth, provides in service demonstrations at the local hospital, shares love and stories with the orphans, and makes innumerable home visits -- all while diligently caring for her own two children.

Supporting her little family as a single mom, it is often difficult for Jane to provide food and school supplies for her own children much less funds for her own schooling.  Thanks to the support of HealthEd Connect donors, Jane is now able to pursue her own dream of acquiring the education that will prepare her to better serve her community.

Monday, November 5, 2018

A Team with a Dream!

During this fun, festive season of sports, everyone has their favorite team to root for. My favorite team is this colorful, energetic, and caring group of women in southern Nepal who recently attended a training to learn life-saving health information. The captains of our dream teamPinkey and Sangeeta, tell us they are selecting women who will make a  “devoted team by their dedication towards the community, which can bring our dream into reality.” 
The 2018-2019 Dream Team

Many of these ladies will become volunteer community health workers and will teach good health practices to their communities for many, many years to come. I’m betting my donor dollars on this dream team and I KNOW that they’re going to be winners! 

Trainees practice sewing washable sanitary pads while learning how to teach hygiene to village women.

Monday, October 29, 2018


We always consider the bonus checks from Amazon as free lunches!  Our kids are the winners when you shop!!  

Now through Nov 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount)
to HealthEd Connect when you shop at
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AmazonSmile is increasing the donation rate 10x from Oct 29 - Nov 2.

   Happy Shopping ...and don't forget to SMILE!

Monday, October 22, 2018

No grass grows here

Grass literally doesn't grow under the feet of the amazing team in Kasompe, Zambia!  Last month when we visited the school, we saw bare ground where new classrooms were to be erected.  A mere four weeks later the classroom walls are up and ready for a roof.

This is an especially exciting milestone for HealthEd Connect since this is the LAST block of classrooms for Kasompe as well as the LAST block of classrooms for any of the schools.  All three schools are now complete with individual classrooms to accommodate K-7th grades.

Many thanks to the donors that made this life-changing achievement possible.  Countless children are now receiving an education who otherwise would have aimlessly roamed the neighborhood and spent their days on the streets.  Instead, when we visit the schools the children proudly tell us they are planning to be doctors, pilots, electricians, accountants, nurses, teachers --- you get the idea.  With education come dreams and we see abundant evidence of both at Kasompe!