In 2007 Jennifer Musick Wright founded HEAL after two life-changing volunteer experiences at orphanages in Zimbabwe and Kenya. UNICEF estimates that there are 153,000,000 orphans worldwide. After meeting just a handful of these children, hearing their incredible stories and learning about the serious issues affecting children in developing countries, Jennifer was inspired to make a difference.
HEAL has grown to include volunteers and partners from around the world. We believe that every child should know that human dignity and worth are never a question, but an intrinsic right for all. We provide a nurturing home environment and access to quality education for orphans and vulnerable children. The orphan crisis is overwhelming, but we are doing our part to help as many children as we can. With your assistance, we will continue to expand our efforts so we can build more homes and give more children a brighter future.
HEAL is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to raising our world, one child at a time. We recognize that poverty and disease have forced innocent children to live in unbearable conditions. HEAL seeks to design and implement progressive models for orphanages that encompass the four characteristics of HEAL: Health, Education, Ample Nutrition and Love.
Health: Every child has the right to proper health care.
Education: Every child has the right to a quality education.
Ample Nutrition: Every child has the right to a balanced diet.
Love: Every child has the right to be loved.
MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jennifer Musick Wright graduated in 2009 from Wagner College with a Bachelors Degree in International Affairs and French Studies. She took her first trip to Africa during her senior year in high school, and since then has returned to the continent countless times. She founded HEAL in 2007 after an inspiring trip to Kenya. Since then she has dedicated her life to promoting the mission of HEAL.
“The first time I traveled to Africa, I volunteered at an orphanage in Zimbabwe. I was immediately inspired by the care the orphans were receiving by the couple who dedicated their lives to nurturing them. I didn’t know then how my life would be changed by my experience and by the children at this orphanage. Since then, my spirit has been moved with the desire to do more for the children in Africa. Two years after my first trip, I traveled to Kenya. I had the opportunity to volunteer at a state run orphanage.
I was shocked by the appalling conditions I witnessed. It broke my heart to see the children suffering. My experience with the children in the home transformed my passion into a dream. My dream was to build an orphanage in Kenya where children would be nurtured and given the opportunity to realize their hopes and dreams for the future.
Eight months after my experience in Kenya, I founded a non-profit organization called HEAL Raising Our World Foundation, Inc. (formerly HEAL the Children Foundation, Inc.) HEAL seeks to support and empower destitute, delinquent, abandoned, and neglected children and adolescents who live throughout the developing world.
We believe that every child, no matter what race, ethnicity, or social class, has the right to proper Healthcare, Education, Ample Nutrition, and Love. To ensure that every child has equal opportunities, we design, implement and support orphanages that encompass the HEAL philosophy. Every home built will be a positive environment where children can grow surrounded by hope and love. The children of the world matter and we want to show them that we care. Join HEAL; make a difference in a child’s life today.
Together we can raise our world, one child at a time.”
MEET OUR BOARD PRESIDENT
Tammy Burden is a native of Nebraska. She grew up in Iowa and has lived in Maine and Colorado. In 1980, she received her BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Denver. She put her degree into practice as the owner of the Highland Cafe in Camden, Maine and General Manager of the Hotel Telluride in Telluride, CO. After moving back to Nebraska to be close to her parents, Tammy applied her expertise in management as the Executive Director of the Center for Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Columbus, NE. In this position, she developed extensive skills in grant writing and fundraising.
Tammy has two children, Thomas who lives in Pagosa Springs, CO and Katie who lives in Los Angeles. When she’s not spending time with her two children, she enjoys gardening, reading, history, antiques and traveling. She developed a lifelong love for Africa when she climbed Kilimanjaro in 1998. In 2011, she returned to Africa to volunteer at our children’s home in Kenya. Since then she has continued to support the work of HEAL. We are thrilled to have her join our team, and look forward to learning from her as she helps us to further our mission of caring for orphans and neglected children around the world.
BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
We have a dedicated network of volunteers, including our board members, who have committed their time and resources to promote the mission of HEAL.
Meet Andrew Taylor…Andrew is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Brown University, and the London School of Economics. He’s currently a student at Tulane University Law School. Andrew has worked in international investment consulting, teaching, and law, and he loves to travel, read, and scuba dive. He’s been involved with HEAL since its inception.
We thank Andrew and all of our board members and volunteers for their support and dedication!
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Ten years ago, I embarked on my first journey to Kenya. I was a college sophomore, searching for direction. Little did I know my experience would shape my future in such a profound way. It was during that trip, after witnessing the atrocious conditions at...