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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.
Mothers the world over love to have their children admired. This young mother was no exception as she introduced her baby to Sherri Kirkpatrick while the HealthEd Connect team was on site in Malawi in June. Over 30 mothers brought their babies to be weighed by the Sinkhani health workers in Chisemphere. In addition to weighing the babies, the Sinkhani taught the mothers lessons on nutrition and sanitation by singing catchy little songs.
So many boys in the developing world have little to look forward to in life. This pensive little boy in Malawi appeared to fit into that category --- until a yellow balloon was introduced moments later and he, along with a pack of friends, eagerly took off chasing it while squeals of laughter erupted. The real challenge, of course, is to provide long-term changes through education, vocational skills, and opportunities for these kids. We are thrilled to have over 900 orphans and vulnerable children in schools now pursuing those very goals.
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