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EMPOWERING WOMEN & CHILDREN
THROUGH HEALTH & EDUCATION
Mirriam had only to gaze up at us with her big brown eyes and we knew our lives would never be the same. We met her when she was two years old, HIV positive, and facing an uncertain future. She’s not unlike the other 12 million AIDS orphans in SubSahara Africa.
Mirriam’s now our ‘boss’. If you’d like to meet her, click on ‘The Boss’ and see if you’d like to work for her too.
HealthEd Connect builds on a solid foundation of 20 years of experience with volunteer Community Health Workers who are directly involved with the families and special needs in their villages. Many of these villages are now facing incredible challenges as the number of orphaned children, primarily due to HIV/AIDS, has grown dramatically and the typical surviving caregiver is an aging grandmother who has lost both her husband and children. Going forward, HealthEd Connect will remain flexible and adaptive by connecting villagers and their leaders to expanding visions of possibilities, targeted training, and access to resources.
The impact being made by the HealthEd Connect sponsored schools in Zambia continues to increase. Gershom Chifumbe, HealthEd Connect Zambian Representative, visited the U.S. in April to meet with HealthEd Connect board of directors and donors. The eye witness stories Gershom shared were heartwarming. There are now over 800 orphans and vulnerable children attending the 3 HealthEd Connect sponsored schools. In addition to the education, the students receive a hot school lunch (the only food many of them will receive on any given day), the love and concern of the many volunteers who support the schools, and a sense of emerging self-esteem as the world is opened for them to explore. While in the U.S. Gershom traveled to St. Louis where he met with a number of donors. Matt Waite, known as Mateo in Zambia, will be serving as a World Service Corps volunteer while completing a graduate assignment for his studies at St. Louis University this summer. This will be Mateo's third trip to Zambia. Last January he recruited his parents, Michelle and Stuart (a dentist) to travel to Zambia. The ever expanding circle of supporters enables increasing impact among the most needy women and children.
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