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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.
Annie is one excited girl! She had the thrill of picking out a school uniform in Chingola, Zambia in preparation for her first day of 8th grade.
Annie is a twin and graduated in December from the 7th grade at the Kasompe Community School of Peace. She was one of the first enrollees when the school was established and made it all the way through 7 grades. Annie was recently selected to receive a HealthEd Connect scholarship to enroll in the government 8th grade school. Most orphans like Annie drop out of school after 7th grade (if they're even fortunate enough to make it that far) because they cannot pay the required annual amount of $250 for fees, books, uniforms, etc.
Annie was selected by a local scholarship committee that carefully evaluated and prioritized the needs of all graduates. Guidelines included such things as living conditions in home (dirt or cement floor), age of caregiver, health of caregiver, number of children living in home, etc.
HealthEd Connect was able to sponsor 19 children like Annie this year thanks to the generosity of our donors!!
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