Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Grandmother Healing Dolls

Woman to Woman

A front porch; women smiling and talking with each other, their hands busy, admiring one
 another’s work—a familiar scene, but in this case, with an unexpected twist. The women were
 HealthEd Connect’s Kawfas (volunteer health care workers from Kenya [actually Zmbia], and
 the beads they were making and stringing into necklaces served a larger purpose—educating,
 feeding, and clothing the 1400 AIDS orphaned [and vulnerable] children of their villages.
My research had revealed that each cultural representation of the grandmothers should include
 bead necklaces. I turned to this small but mighty not-for-profit as my source. My intent was to
 buy the necklaces as a way of further supporting a charity I believe in. Instead, they insisted on
 sending them to me free of charge as a collaborative and supportive act.

And so, a global effort was born which put beads on each grandmother’s neck. It made no 
difference to the people they were meant to comfort that the beads weren’t from the correct
 country; what mattered was the familiarity they represented. The beads could be thought of
 through their traditional uses–for adornment, worry, prayer, games, with dance and celebration, 
or as currency; but, because of their story of origin, I see them as symbols of a heartfelt
 connection and synergy.

No one could have predicted that the creations from the front porch of a community center half a
 world away would one day be used to comfort another woman’s child, yet across continents,
 woman to woman, that’s exactly what happened.

P.S.  These grandmother healing dolls have now been delivered to centers on our 
southern border so children separated from their parents can receive a hug from a 

Posted in Grandmother Healing Dolls blog by Kelly Guinan.  To read more of Kelly's blogs go to:

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Go Andrew!

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Andrew Murphy is running 12 HALF MARATHONS in 2019! That's right! You read that correctly! He's running a half marathon every month in 2019!   Why???

Andrew has a commitment to education and development for students and teachers and is raising funds for professional development for teachers at schools sponsored by HealthEd Connect in Zambia for orphans and vulnerable children.
His first race of 2019 is this Saturday, January 5 - the Polar Dash in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brrrr! Would you like to cheer for Andrew on his race route?! He would appreciate your support to the Teacher Mentor Fund.
Donate Now   Select ‘Mentor Program’ for purpose of gift. Include a Tribute name in honor of Andrew Murphy so he gets notified about who's cheering him on! 
[Or mail a check to: HealthEd Connect, 1401 W Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64050]