HEART on Safari 2018

Flicker of Hope


“Flicker of Hope: Empowered HIV+ Women of Kenya” is an uplifting short documentary about women who were saved from death by the USA and Kenyan-based humanitarian organization Health Education Africa Resource Team (HEART). The women are guided on a path to realize their own potential, become self-sufficient, and support their children. Empowered with a sense of purpose, they take control of their lives to make a generational impact on their families and communities.

Following each screening, there will be a Q&A with Filmmaker Hermon Farahi and Producer Matthew J. Van Sistine and handmade African items will be for sale in Henderson’s Lounge.

Tickets are $10 or $8 for DFS members. A drink ticket is included with each full priced ticket. Use the promo code STUDENT for a $5 discount for children and students. All ages are welcome. Film showings at 4:30 and 5:45. Tickets may be purchased at  www.denverfilm.org

All proceeds from the event will benefit HEART.



HEART on Safari 2016

HEART on Safari 2016

The HEART Board Cordially Invites you to Join us in

Celebrating HEART’s 16th Anniversary
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 5-9 PM

The Ridge Golf and Event Center
2020 Golf Course Rd Auburn, CA

To purchase your dinner tickets, please contact the California HEART Office.  Online ticket purchasing has now closed.

California – 530-885-9600

Mother–Daughter Tea

Ellen Bowman is teaching and Rhoda is interpreting.

Ellen Bowman is teaching and Rhoda is interpreting.

On April 24, 2015 HEART hosted a Mother-Daughter Tea with 29 WEEP women and 48 daughters. The tea was facilitated by Ellen Bowman – HEART’s great friend and partner. This was a special day of marketing and branding training for the Nairobi WEEP ladies who are emerging entrepreneurs. The training focused on various aspects of marketing, improving product quality and customer service. “Customer is Boss” was the take home lesson which would later translate into more business for these women.

Mother-Daughter04-300x255Their daughters aged 11-17 years were not left out and had a special training session on maturation. They were trained on how to stand tall, and speak with confidence. The health education session that included: the menstrual cycle, personal hygiene, HIV/AIDS prevention and a demonstration on how to use the sanitary towels and dispose of properly. The girls were happy to receive education and the booklet to continuously remind them of what they were taught.

Lydiah Njoroge giving a demonstration of the menstrual monthly cycle

Lydiah Njoroge giving a demonstration of the menstrual monthly cycle

At the end of the day the WEEP women had an opportunity to display and sell their products to HEART and were able to apply the skills taught during the training. Their daughters each received a year’s supply of the Freedom for Girls (FFG) packages through the support of Donna Bowman Burgess. To end the day, Vickie and Ellen had a chance to take pictures with the WEEP women and their daughters.

HEART on Safari 2015

Save the Date 2015

HEART on Safari 2015

Please join us in celebrating-

The 15th anniversary of HEART!


Saturday, February 28th 5-9 p.m.

Gold Country Fairgrounds

1273 High Street

Auburn, CA 95603


Please contact either the California or Colorado HEART office to purchase dinner and raffle tickets.

California – 530-885-9600

Colorado – 303-730-3779

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Kenyan Safari Raffle

African Wildlife Safari for Two Includes:

Airfare to Kenya for 2  (up to $3,200)

Kenyan Wildlife Safari Lodge

3 days and 2 nights

Room and gourmet meals

4 Days at the HEART Lodge- Nairobi Suburbs

Visit HEART Projects in Nairobi

Tickets only $50 each

Maximum 350 tickets will be sold

Tickets can ONLY be purchased through

HEART offices CA: 530-885-9600/CO: 303-730-3779

Drawing 2/28/15

Need not be present to win

HEART is a CA 501(c)(3) non-profit




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Annual WEEP Graduation Ceremony

HEART held its annual WEEP Graduation ceremony. Eleven beautiful women graduated and celebrated this new chapter in their lives. They have literally been restored physically, emotionally and spiritually, through HEART’s Women Equality Empowerment Project (WEEP) . Pam Joseph and Beth Blaisdell of Women Leaders in Action (WLA) were our special guests from Atlanta, Georgia. Pam, US Bank Executive, was our Keynote Speaker and encouraged our graduates to realize their role as community leaders. Beth lovingly presented the diplomas to each graduate, realizing the amazing challenges they have overcome to receive this symbol of success. HEART Programs Manager, Evans Masese, presented a succinct overview of HEART. Bishop Abel Oyaro, chairman of HEART’s Board of Trustees, led the spiritual blessing over these women. Over 100 guests graced the occasion, laughter and rousing applause from the audience closed the ceremony. Please see more photos on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/africaheart

Jubilee Fellowship Medical Missions Team

Written by Pastor Johnathan Merle

Team Members: Johnathan Merle, Dave Donley, Jessica Gillesse, Elizabeth Nordquist, Adam Olson, Jennifer Olson, Rich Penaloza, Peggy Smith, Nancy Wolfe, Lindsey Bodenhorn

May 18
After nearly a year of planning, training, prayer, and preparation, our medical missions team is on their way to Kenya, East Africa to work and minister to women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. We are working with a terrific ministry called HEART, www.africaheart.com while we are there. Stay tuned for pictures and updates on a regular basis of all that is happening. It’s going to be an awesome trip and we’ll look forward to sharing about it when we return. Thanks for your prayers and thoughts!

965071_132010410328171_2000621546_o965609_132010380328174_162100365_o976128_132010173661528_1496876014_oMay 21 Here are some pictures from our first few days here in Kenya. We went to a slum, the 2nd largest in all of Africa called Kibera. I’ve been all around the world and seen a lot, but this was one of the roughest. Still, the women we worked with we’re happy, had hope, worked hard…it was awesome. The team is doing great. Tomorrow we’ll go to another community called Ngong.

May 26
KENYA UPDATE: Hi Everyone! We’ve been in the villages of Kenya (called “Up-Country”) and have had an amazing few days. The other day, we saw nearly 50 women in clinic, all who were HIV+, all without husbands for various reasons, and all lovely in so many ways. Our amazing team is doing TERRIFIC. We’re having the time of our lives seeing and experiencing the culture and people of this terrific nation. HEART (www.africaheart.com) is an incredible organization with some truly terrific initiatives to teach and reach the Kenyan people. Take a look at our photo album and enjoy!
May 27
474163_341329609327467_1736368017_o 977316_341329702660791_706456939_oHere’s a couple of pictures of me in clinic one day when we saw about 50 patients. It’s been YEARS since I did any clinical practice so it was fun to get back in it. The second picture is a cool story. Our group raised about $1400 to seed a micro finance project for this group of women. To receive this amount of money is a literal miracle for them as it is not feasible without help. Here’s the cool part though…The organization we’re working with has other groups of women that have received seed money like this and they’ve turned it into something amazing. One industrious women turned her 14,500 Kenyan Shillings into over a million Shillings. Another has hired 4 women in her enterprise. The goal is to instill business skills, values and training to empower them to not only survive, but to thrive. I challenged these women to make their seed into a tree and that we would be following up on their progress. It’s really neat to see. Thanks for following and praying for us

June 2
966676_133523170176895_832928982_o965710_135819933280552_1252946624_oAfter a long journey back traveling on 3 continents, the 2013 Kenya Medical Missions team is safe and sound back at home in Colorado. During our journey, we met many amazing people as well as really bonded as a team. We were told that our team left it’s mark on the ministry and those we worked with. The truth is, Kenya and those we met have left their mark on us. We are so grateful for the opportunities with an EXCELLENT organization, HEART www.africaheart.com, the American and Kenyan staff, and Vickie Winkler. We are also grateful for the support of those that gave to help us go and for our wonderfully supportive church and Pastor at Jubilee Fellowship Church.

Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Award


MDG Award for HEART

April 26, 2013 – HEART won the honor of the first place award for MDG #3

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Award is an initiative that acknowledged the contribution of Government, Development Partners Institutions, Private Sectors, NGOs and Individuals in Kenya that have demonstrated outstanding efforts in driving the achievement of one the eight MDG goals through their core programmes. This initiative is being implemented in partnership with United Nations Department Programme in Kenya, Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Millennium Development Goals Trust Fund and the Government of Finland.


The MDG Award presented to HEART

The MDGs Goals:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

  • Achieve universal primary education

  • Promote gender equality and empower women

  • Improving maternal health care

  • Reduce child mortality

  • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases

  • Ensure environmental sustainability

  • Create a global partnership for development with targets for aid, trade and debt relief