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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.
Josephine, the Wasaidizi health worker supervisor in the Democratic Republic of Congo says the Zambulances have been a huge blessing to the people in the villages. Even though they have to navigate deep sand, rutted muddy roads, crevices and small streams, the locals are thrilled to have a way to transport people the 30-40 kilometers to the local bush hospital. And as the Wasaidizi say, "The volunteer bike riders go fast!" The really good news is that of the 1441 babies delivered in 2013 by the Wasaidizi, not one infant or maternal death occurred due to good triaging and transportation to the hospital. When Jac test drove the Zambulances a year ago when we delivered them, he gave them only a 50/50 chance of being sturdy enough to survive. Now the good news is that they are not only surviving but saving lives!
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