Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We Give Thanks

You are at the top of our Thanks List this year for making it possible for HealthEd Connect to impact so many lives!!! 

 Wishing you a Heartfelt and Happy Thanksgiving....

                                                                 The HealthEd Connect Team

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Celebrating International Education week

Sherri doing selfie with GAP girls

The Girls Achievment Programs (GAP) are achieving their goal:  engaging 5th, 6th, and 7th grade girls in dynamic, engaging extra-curricular activities that keep them in school.

Ireen, a Kafwa in Kasompe, Zambia recently wrote:

In many schools pupils have dropped out of school because many have fallen pregnant but we thank God at our School we don’t have such issues.

Mama Sherri we are asking if we can be allowed to be teaching those girls who are in the GAP group because there is no any Kafwa but only teachers are there. So we want to start associating with those teachers who are in GAP. We had the workshop with the Ministry of Health (Government) where they taught us on how to stop girls stop involving themselves into relationships because many are contracting HIV/AIDS that is the reason why we want to be working together with teachers in GAP.  

We're thrilled with Ireen's proposal to expand the GAP program to include both teacher and Kafwa mentors!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Please Fence me In

Kasompe Wall Fence

 We're excited to show off the new Wall Fence at the School in Kasompe, Zambia!  In the locals' minds, a school only gains full status when it has a Wall Fence to delineate the property and protect the children.  A fence costs as much as a classroom so classrooms are, of course, erected first.

Most school fences are made of concrete blocks that create a solid wall.  Our Kasompe school is especially proud of the see-through element provided by the metal poles.
Best of all, the kids love it!  A real school at last!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy Day in Congo!

Josephine being greeted with a happy Dance in Congo!!!
The Traditional Birth Attendants (and Moms!) turned out in full force to perform a Happy Dance to welcome Josephine, the Democratic Republic of Congo health worker supervisor!    This has been a day loooong in the making!

Several months ago HealthEd Connect donors were deeply moved by the fact that babies were being delivered to mothers laying on worn-out mattresses on the floor of little village birthing centers in the Kasenga area.  Donations poured in to get mattresses for moms!  Government snafus delayed the transfer of funds into the country but we finally had a major breakthrough.  This month, life-saving equipment was trucked to the villages to make life safer and a bit more comfortable for moms and new babies.
Delivery tables and steel pans for sterilizing equipment are at the top of the list of unbelievable new equipment!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Life saving baby scales!

Among the items delivered to the birthing centers were heavy duty baby-weighing scales.
Musans holding sign for one the the birthing centers.

Musans, one of our volunteers, accompanied the Wasaidizi health workers on the trip to deliver the equipment.  This is his story:

 A mute dumb, orphaned mother lives with her grandmother. She gave birth to a baby. However, food had become a problem. She had to squeeze her breasts and put the milk in a bottle to give to the baby while the mom should pick up the little fish in the brides.

The grandmother did not have knowledge of the impotence of breast milk, no one brought the child to the weight, the poor baby had become dehydrated ready to die. I asked Josephine [the Wasaidizi supervisor] to be able to observe this case to learn a lesson.

Jos├ęphine asked Saria kipili, our Kafwa, to take care of the baby immediately so that the child would be saved .... A few hours later, the child resumed his life. Josephine took this opportunity to teach the importance of breast milk and the importance of bringing children to the weigh-in. This will allow to know the curve of the evolution of the health of the baby.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

International Day of Girl Child

Sherri taking a selfie with GAP Girls at Kasompe, Zambia
We are proud to salute, protect, and empower the HealthEd Connect girls as we celebrate and elevate the International Day of The Girl Child.  

Their stories are heartbreaking, inspiring, joyous, and celebratory. We are committed to their futures as we mentor them away from early marriage and toward success on the road toward becoming strong, caring women.
You Go Girls!

Visionary Leaders

Sinkhani Board members in new HealthEd Connect shirts

The Sinkhani Board members in Malawi have been holding meetings, discussing strategy for the future, and working with the community to develop a long-range plan.  After recently receiving the gift of an old community center from the local chiefs, they are now planning renovations as well as community programs to be held in the facility.  Go Sinkhani!!