Vision Statement

Empowering the people of Africa
to survive the HIV/AIDS Pandemic

Guiding Scripture

My people are destroyed for a
lack of knowledge.
– Hosea 4:6

Mission Statement

HEART and our partners are empowering current and future generations of Kenyan people through disease prevention education and economic development. This is accomplished through Christian compassion, health interventions and resources as we promote physical, spiritual and emotional health.

 

HEART is a Christian faith-based non-profit (501 c 3) organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Donations to HEART are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

The focus of HEART is to empower the people of Africa to survive the HIV/AIDS pandemic through facilitating integrated collaborative projects such as: HIV prevention education messages combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Typhoid; developing economic infrastructure, gender equality, leadership development, and building capacity for good governance and by working closely with local leaders (teachers, pastors, chiefs etc.) in establishing “Community Based Organizations” (CBO) at the grass roots level.

HEART assists these CBO’s to launch sustainable micro-enterprise projects which empower those affected by HIV/AIDS to care for themselves, and the orphaned and vulnerable children of their families and villages.

HEART is a registered TRUST in Kenya and has a fully qualified board of Kenyan Trustees who work with the American counterpart of HEART a 501 C-3 organization comprised of health professionals and concerned business leaders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEART: Health Education Africa Resource Team
How It All Began

Vickie Winkler

HEART Founder - Vickie Winkler, RN
Board of Directors, President/Executive Director

Vickie started her travels to Kenya in 1979 with her late husband as missionaries, 30 years ago. During one of her visits in 1999, she was asked to speak about HIV/AIDS prevention. As a nurse, Vickie was prepared to speak on the subject, but did not anticipate the “cry” for knowledge and understanding about the disease that was “literally destroying their nation, spiritually, physically and economically.”

HEART was formed in February 2000 in response to these needs. Serving as Executive Director, she leads HEART to continue to focus on original objectives and to date has educated more than 70,000 Kenyan people in HIV/AIDS prevention. HEART has also added comprehensive programs that address the care, treatment and empowerment of those infected and affected by HIV.  These projects focus on “orphan prevention.”


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Our Focus

The focus of HEART is to empower the people of Africa to survive the HIV/AIDS pandemic through integrated cross-cutting projects such as; HIV prevention education messages combating the spread of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Typhoid; developing economic infrastructure, gender equality and working closely with local leaders (teachers, pastors, chiefs etc.) to build their capacity of good governance through establishing “Community Based Organizations” (CBO) that produce capable leaders at the grass roots level.

HEART assists these CBO’s to launch sustainable micro-enterprise projects which empower those affected by HIV/AIDS to care for themselves, and the orphaned and vulnerable children of their families and villages.

We also have the HEART Lodge which is our own organizational Income Generating Activity (IGA) and believe that part of our work with the CBO’s that we mentor is to teach this principle of sustainability not only within the recipients under their care but within the organizational structure so that the organization is not totally dependent upon grant funding.

The Heart Lodge

The HEART compound includes a lodge with the capacity to house up to 25 team members and guests.
HEART leaders, management and Kenyan staff call the compound home and open their doors to volunteer teams throughout the year. Surrounded by beautiful floral gardens, HEART provides a space that says, come and enjoy the beauty of Kenya as we join together to serve.

To inquire about the HEART Lodge or plan your stay, contact Charles Obes, Lodge Manager

HEART Compound

HEART Compound

HEART Compound