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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.
What a saucy, self-confident looking group! And they have every reason to feel that way! These girls are orphans or vulnerable children from our Chipulukusu Young Peace Maker School who are high academic achievers and received scholarships to proceed to the 8th grade. Many cried when they were informed about the scholarships believing their school days were over. They have dreams like girls the world over -- some want to be accountants, others teachers, and one a nurse. The scholarships put them one step closer to realizing their dreams.
These girls were all participants in the Girls Achievement Program (GAP), an afterschool program for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders focused on providing life-skills and enrichment activities to encourage girls to stay in school. Their favorite recent activity? Cooking a meal together and, eating with knives and forks for the first time rather than the Zambian traditional way of eating with fingers.
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