Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to take this opportunity to send sincere and warm thanksgiving greetings to you, our HealthEd Connect supporters.  Without the resources you provide on an ongoing basis, life would be very different for the orphans and vulnerable children at our schools in Zambia.  They give thanksgiving every day for a place to get an education and for the warm bowl of porridge served at lunch.

Thank you for helping us Lift a Life!

Sherri & Jac Kirkpatrick
and the HealthEd Connect team

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Come on By

Bead makers hard at work.

HealthEd Connect will host a booth at the historic Sermon Community Center in Independence, MO Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22.  Great way to get one-of-a-kind handcrafted paper-bead jewelry made by our village artisans in Zambia.  It's also a great place to get Stone Creek Coffee from Milwaukee, WI that supports the Farm to Cup concept.  Five dollars from every purchase of coffee is donated to HealthEd Connect by Stone Creek.   Drop by if you're in the vicinity.  Or let us know if you want us to ship you coffee or jewelry info@healthedconnect.org.  Great Christmas gifts!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Free lunches do exist!

 We just received a donation of $18.89 from Amazon thanks to those of you who shop at Smile.Amazon.com.  That may not seem like a big amount to you but if you only get one meal a day a hot porridge lunch at school IS a big deal!  That $18.89 will pay for 157 lunches -- that's enough to feed the little charmer on the left along with everyone else in her school.
  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to HealthEd Connect whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.  To go directly to our site and by pass the log on, just click on  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-115162                  
As you get ready to shop for Christmas, throw in some FREE life-saving porridge by shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The stigma of AIDS lives on

Teresa (left) with Gershom is now the chairman of the Kasompe School Board as well as a loyal Kafwa.
The following report was just received from Teresa regarding the Kafwa activity in Kasompe.  This is a good example of the home-based health care the Kafwa do on a regular basis.  So sad...
Mary Musonda is 22 yrs. She has completed her high school. In March I received a report from Florence A. kafwa. That next door to her house, they is a girl who came for a funeral to mourn her aunty. But she is not looking to well, if I would go and visit. The next day I went there after talking to her she told me to say, she had put a jaddle [no idea what this is] and she started experiencing a pain in her stomach and she developed a growth. She also told me that she has done a HIV test and she is negative and even for TB. But when you look at her she has loss of weight, coughing etc. I had a word with her and she said she will go to her nearby clinic when she goes back home.

Three weeks later I received another report that she is back discharged from hospital and she wanted to see me.

I went there, she was looking very bad. She was happy to see me. Then she said I sent for you because I want you to be taking drugs for me from the clinic and I asked her for TB and she said no. she said aunty I am HIV positive, I asked her who will u tell? She said nobody. But what of your husband? She said I told him. He told me that he is also HIV positive and he is on treatment. It was not easy for him to disclose to me. But how about your two years old son? They did DBS etc. But you told me when we first met that you were not HIV positive. Yes but it was my husband who asked for it. Since we had no ART clinic we agreed to go the following week to Chiwempala. The Art clinic is done three days a week.

I had a word with the family member. But told them to keep it a secret. I told them they need to check her HB, supply sputum etc. But how we work has kafwas. We have a small fund and you as a family we should put the resource together. They agreed.

On a Tuesday 22nd April transport was provided. They did the CD4 count and the HB was very low 5, so they cannot start the treatment, given iron tablets and advised to be taking natural vegetables. When we were waiting for transport I saw the child’s under five card. It was circled child exposed I said to myself this girl knew her status and she has defaulted treatment. I felt bad, then I asked her don’t you want to know your child’s status? She said she would love it. The test was done and the results were negative. He is two years old.

Follow ups were done nearly every day. While we are waiting for the next visit. We also helped with food supplement. Because her living standard is not too well.

On the 2nd April I received a message that Mary was not to well, so they have taken her to the clinic and she has been referred to the hospital. I and Monica went to visit her, bought her yogurt and some water; she looked very sick and has lost weight and blood. She said to me do not forget the appointment we have at the ART clinic on the 6th April. Mary died on the 5th April due to loss of blood…. May Her Soul Rest In Peace.   

World of Children

Sherri and Jac were guests at an event in New York involving UNICEF and former CNN correspondent, Alina Cho (shown with Sherri).  Sherri was an honoree of World of Children in 2002 for her work with children and village health workers.  The 2014 World of Children Gala, covered by The Wall Street Journal,  honored Marlo Thomas and other child advocates.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Zoo Wahoo!

Jan Armstrong, Melinda Greene, & Sherri

Our paper-bead jewelry is seeking a new home.  Our friend, Jan Armstrong, an ardent Zoo supporter, recently introduced us to the manager of the KC Zoo Gift Shop, Melinda Greene.  After viewing our professional quality, artisan paper-bead jewelry, she agreed to feature a display starting next spring.  We're hoping the jewelry jumps off the shelves, hops toward record sales, and becomes a swimming success!  Wouldn't that be great?  The more we sell the more we can buy from our Zambian ladies....