Straight from the HEART brings you stories and accomplishments about the work of H.E.A.R.T., Health Education for Africa Resource Team.
These stories tell of mothers, children, and communities that have been transformed by this ministry over the past 20 years. For Vickie and her team of HEART staff members, volunteers, and supporters, it is only because of God's unlimited provision of strength, resources, and favor that so much good has been accomplished in the lives of Kenyan people. As Vickie often remarks, "God is our CEO and I am just the executive director!"
Hosted by Vickie Winkler, the founder and Executive Director of Africa HEART Ministries and HEART's Partner Relations Specialist Jerry Kitchel.
Vickie has long embraced the guiding wisdom of Hosea 4:6. 'My people perish for lack of knowledge'. It was this scriptural truth that fueled her desire to launch a focused and strategic program aimed at meeting the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of HIV positive mothers. "If we can work to restore a mother's health and empower her with strong faith, valuable knowledge, and revenue-producing skills, then we can also work to keep her children in school and on a trajectory that will enable the next generation to flourish as well."
HEART celebrates 20-Years!
This year marks the 20th anniversary of H.E.A.R.T. The year began with exciting plans for a spring banquet that would involve guests from Kenya and many friends from throughout California and across the United States.
But COVID-19 brought those plans to a screeching halt. In this episode of Straight from the HEART, listeners will hear highlights from HEART’s first-ever Virtual Celebration that took place in September 2020. The event was hosted by HEART U.S. Board Member, Lauri Harris and HEART Ambassador, Ken Christie.
Vickie was back in Kenya when this podcast was produced. Shortly after her arrival, the following text arrived: “It feels wonderful to be home again! I am always so grateful for God’s blessings and His favor upon HEART. Thank you for your prayers.”
Vickie Winkler and team engage in a heart-warming conversation with a couple who have supported HEART since 2005
In this podcast, Vickie Winkler is joined by Kenya and US staff members to engage in a heart-warming conversation with Dr. Peter Norris and Amy Rugel, a married couple from Boston, MA who have supported HEART annually since 2005.
The Norris-Rugel Charitable Foundation provides materials and income for the WEEP women from three centers to prepare Malaria Prevention bed nets. Every net is handmade by HEART’s WEEP Mothers and provides income for them to care for their children and households. The nets are then distributed through a variety of HEART partners in Kenya.
Vickie Winkler talks about Food Security and how Covid19 is affecting the women and children in Kenya
Executive Director/Founder, Vickie Winkler, discusses—via a Skype call with co-host, Jerry Kitchel, the topic of Food Security and how COVID-19 is adversely affecting the women and children HEART supports through the WEEP program (Women Equality Empowerment Project).
In a country now experiencing a severe food shortage, lockdown conditions, curfew, and other social restrictions, how is it possible to provide a food source that can not only meet immediate food needs but also longer-term income earning potential for these ladies who have survived HIV/AIDS.
Today, they are forced to survive at-risk conditions that again compromise their health and healing, and their developing abilities to not only survive but Thrive beyond HIV/AIDS and the chokehold of the current pandemic that has turned our world upside down.
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Vickie Winkler discusses the very delicate topic of young girls and menstruation in Kenya.
In Kenya, the impact of a girl’s monthly cycle results in missed classroom instruction and missed opportunities to advance in life with the benefits that come from completing an education.
The United Nation’s annual recognition of Menstrual Hygiene Day every year in May has become a key observance for HEART to spotlight its highly respected program called Freedom for Girls.
In this podcast, Vickie tells the compelling story about Freedom for Girl’s launch in 2008 and defining moments when God brought people and organizations together to empower Kenya’s ‘girl-child’ with over 20,000 annual provisions of hygiene kits to adolescent schoolgirls. It’s an inspiring and enlightening conversation listeners are sure to appreciate.
Vickie Winkler and Jerry Kitchel discuss the challenges faced by HEART's Kenyan staff during this pandemic.
In this episode of Straight from the HEART, founder Vickie Winkler talks with Jerry Kitchel about the challenges faced by HEART's Kenyan staff.
This was recorded during California's COVID-19 'lockdown' in late April 2020 via a Skype call. Skype and other social media platforms have taken on significantly higher importance during these times of distancing.
In the midst of physical separation, the ministry of HEART preservers to meet the needs of vulnerable HIV/AIDS mothers and their children in remote villages of Kenya where HEART is working.
Vickie explains the challenges, blessings, and uncertainties that come with leading a ministry through the COVID crisis and enduring strength that comes from knowing God is still in charge!
In the midst of a global health crisis, how do we pray for the women and children of Kenya?
In this podcast of Straight from the HEART, you will hear of a new reality in Kenya where HEART has been working for the past 20 years. The challenges of HIV+ women and their households were challenging before the COVID-19 pandemic hit that East African country and the rest of the world.
In this episode, HEART's Founder and Executive Director Vickie Winkler paints a word picture of what life is like in the slums and upcountry of Kenya and how vastly complicated daily survival has become for these Moms who are overcomers. In the midst of a global health crisis, how do we pray for the women and children of Kenya?