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.”

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Recent podcasts

  • 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.