Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
|Chisemphere children joyfully chasing a yellow balloon|
A $.10 balloon can miraculously light up the day for countless children chasing it. No high tech video games necessary to bring smiles in Malawi! An old fashioned balloon works just fine. So if you're pondering how to spread the most joy for your money this Christmas, please consider a gift to HealthEd Connect. Donate Now
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
|Angela - Sinkhani volunteer for 22 years|
Angela, one of the original Sinkhani health workers trained in Malawi in 1992, will be making the trip of her lifetime in January. Angela lives in the tiny poor village of Chisemphere, Malawi and has worked tirelessly for years to help the children in her community. Angela has been chosen by her peers to travel to Zambia with 4 other Sinkhani, to attend a HealthEd Connect training Spread the Word, Not the Disease: Ebola Facts and Fiction. HealthEd Connect health workers from Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo will join the Kafwa health workers in Zambia for the training. For Angela this is a dream come true! International travel to another country to share with 30 other health workers who share her passion.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
|Josephine (L) the Congo health worker supervisor,|
with Kabo and Mwaba, two of the volunteer
Traditional Birth Attendants.
Last January when Josephine and two Wasaidizi health workers from DR Congo traveled to Zambia to meet with me, they brought along a very interesting item ....the string of beads shown in the picture. This is not a necklace or a rosary. It is ingenious item to help the women track their menstrual cycle for "safe" and "fertile days" for those trying to use the rhythm method. The red bead slides along reminding them where they are in their cycle. This is especially important in the rural areas of the Congo where few affordable birth control options exist. I'll never forget several years ago when a very tired and elderly looking little woman approached me with an infant in her arms. I thought she was the grandmother. Then she very timidly said, "This is my fourteenth child. Is there anything you can do to help me?" Unfortunately, unless the government gets behind family planning programs, there are few options available to the women in the villages.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
|Model gardens at Echo Farm in Florida|
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
|Tour of Echo Farm|
Remember the bags of Moringa seeds Randy Heintz gave us to plant in Africa last year? Good news! The health workers have been successful in getting some to grow. Take a look at the incredible nutrition in this fast-growing plant. In addition, the seeds can be used to purify water. What a find!