Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Great Kids Reach Out!

Children from Escondido, Ca. want the children in Zambia to know they have friends in America. The Escondido children drew pictures and words demonstrating "Courage and Compassion" They have also sent their own photos .

The Escondido children are anxious to develop an ongoing relationship with the children in Chipulukusu and Kasompe.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The 4th grade dynamo!

One person with passion is frequently the catalyst for moving an entire group.  The 4th grade class in West Des Moines is no exception.  Braedon Kirkpatrick, wearing his HealthEd Connect shirt, made an impassioned plea to his class on behalf of the kids in Africa.  As a result, his classmates each drew a picture depicting 'Responsibility' or 'Respect'.  Braedon presented over 70 pictures (see above) to his Grandmother to take to the children in Africa. 

West Des Moines 4th grade project

Mrs. Rohwers 4th grade classrooms decided to partner with HealthEd Connect on a character development project.  One of the classes is shown in the photo holding the posters they made for the children of the schools in Kasompe (near Chingola) and Chipulukusu (near Ndola) Zambia, Africa demonstrating in pictures and words the characters of 'Respect' and 'Responsibility'.

The children learned about the kids in Africa through a class presentation made by Braedon Kirkpatrick.  The pictures will be tucked into the trunk accompanying the team on January 3 and will be presented to the children in the Zambian schools.  Pictures will be taken of the children in Zambia and sent back to the 4th grade classes in West Des Moines.  Friendship,caring and new awareness now stretches around the world.  What fun!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

12 day count down

The countdown to departure is on for a team of 11 to depart for Zambia on January 3.  One will come from Texas, one Milwaukee, one Denver and the rest from Kansas City.  We'll hook up at Dulles airport and proceed from there.  Supplies are being gathered, lessons planned, passports located, and suitcases dusted off.  The excitement builds!  So many plans for this trip including the introduction of a bicycle generator income generating project (for cell phones), and training classes for Child Support Specialists to work with the grieving children.  We're also hoping to lay the cornerstone for the long-awaited new classrooms in Chipulukusu, Zambia.  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Aren't kids wonderful?

Kendra, Maya, and Georgia Seagraves from California were so touched by the needs of the orphans and vulnerable children in Zambia that they decided to make HealthEd Connect a long-term project.  So they put a jar on the kitchen table, donated money they personally earned or were given, and graciously accepted other donations from Mom and Dad and Grandma and Grandpa.  We're told that when Kendra received $10 in a birthday card, she immediately ran to the jar and donated the entire amount.  All totaled, they have now donated enough to provide 1500 School Lunches!!  What an awesome donation...and what awesome kids.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Human Rights Day Greeting


Today is Human Rights Day. In honor of HealthEd Connect’s boss, Miriam, her family, and all orphans/vulnerable children—may our Heavenly Father be flooded with prayers for their welfare. May we as a board reach out to share their stories and garner the financial support needed to empower their lives and communities.
Prayers for you and your own this Christmas season,

Brenda Williams
HealthEd Connect Board member

(Greetings sent from Brenda to other HealthEd Connect Board members today.  The message was so appropriate we wanted to share it with our many HealthEd Connect friends and supporters)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Double thanks

We were just notified of an employer matching gift application by one of our donors.  How cool is that?  Double the impact against poverty for the many people who need help so desperately.  Double thanks...both to our donor and to the employer!