Friday, November 25, 2016
|We give thanks...|
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
|Kafwa making rounds to see their clients|
Kafwa walk. In rain. Through mud. In cold. Whatever it takes. Regardless of weather conditions, they faithfully make their rounds bringing encouragement and advice to people who positively know they can depend on them. The HealthEd Connect team frequently makes rounds when them when we're on site and we're worn out both physically and emotionally at the end of the day. And many of the Kafwa are carrying a baby on their backs!
Thursday, November 10, 2016
|Jac Kirkpatrick in action|
The operator of this high-tech machine is non other than our Financial Officer, Jac Kirkpatrick. This service is part of his job description as the official photographer, trip-planner, cobble-it-together for ailing vehicles, finding the closest ice cream store, telling stories, and being the all-around iconic team leader! Am I right Zambian travelers?
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
|Maurine, leader of the Chipulukusu Mama Madams|
Books telling their story in the context of the Zambian culture have been conspicuously missing. Now, we have the missing link. Based on stories the children have shared and pictures taken while on site, Sherri Kirkpatrick and Marla Blevins teamed up to create a book titled Mama Madam. Pre-publication copies were taken to Zambia in July and are now being revised for publication. Thanks to Margaret Chilolo, the books will be available in Chibemba as well as English. We'll let you know when the books are available so you can order one. Great discussion stimulator!
Thursday, November 3, 2016
What a meeting! From 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. last week, the ideas pinged like popcorn, the energy flowed ceaselessly, and innumerable plans emerged as we Envisioned the Future together. We may have been brought together as a Board of Directors but our relationships have evolved into much more than a formal arrangement -- we share a passion and commitment to empower women and children in every way within our power. And the outcomes of our programs are evidence we're on the right track!
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The crowds go wild in America, celebrating Helping Heart Nepal!
Volunteers interview a village family in Nepal
"Helping Heart Nepal," the branch of HealthEd Connect operating in Nepal, is FINALLY registered! The path to government registration of our NGO (non-governmental organization) has been as twisty and chaotic as the streets of Kathmandu! Through monsoons, aftershocks, and illness, our Nepali representative, Pinkey Malla, has been running from one government office to another for months trying to fulfill the many requirements in order to do business in Nepal. Our group of volunteer healthcare workers have never stopped their valuable work in the villages and the city, but we are now authorized to do other sorts of projects, as well. Among the exciting possibilities are latrines, cookstoves, and literacy programs. Stay tuned to see further developments in Nepal!!!
Philosophy Department, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
BOD, HealthEd Connect (www.healthedconnect.org)