- HIV/AIDS prevention
- HIV/AIDS stigma reduction
- Prevention of STIs
- Public Health Education
- After-school mentoring
- Microgrants (East Africa)
- Empowerment education
- Capacity-building (Train the Trainer)
HEAL International is a nonprofit
organization that provides health
education, microgrants for women,
and health-related support to
Communities with whom we work:
- Minority youth
- At-risk youth
- Sex-Trafficked children
- University Students
- Tanzania, East Africa
Why do we do what we do?
We envision a future in which sex-trafficking no longer happens. A future in which every child has access to healthcare and love.
- All-volunteer boards in Arizona and Tanzania
- All-volunteer staff, excepting two part-time program coordinators
Give Who You Are.
Working cross-culturally means that we must challenge our own ideas about how life "should" work. It means that we must recognize that we have blind spots in every interaction. We are always operating without a complete and perfect picture -- and the picture that we have is always shaped by our own cultural lens and life experiences.
If we've learned anything in the last ten years, it's that lasting community development and evolution starts within communities. It starts with individuals who have dreams and vision, not outside aid workers telling people what solutions should be implemented.
We see our role as community facilitators. We bring some expertise and a willingness to find expertise when we don't have it. We bring a willingness to be flexible. We are the people who will walk the road with you, for as long as you need us there. Perhaps most importantly, we bring a willingness to listen without judgment and the need to "fix" everything.
Working with children living with HIV and without parents in East Africa has taught us that real change is a long road, a road worth walking, and that our destination is in every next step that we take.
Working with teens who have no hope of graduating from high school in Arizona has taught us that graduating from high school sometimes starts with having a mentor who shows up for you -- someone who respects and believes in you.
Working with children who are the victims of sex trafficking in Arizona has taught us that there aren't easy answers. Sometimes the only answer is being with a person in silence for as long as they need it.
HEAL International is a small organization with a big dream -- that every person has access to the healing that they need. That sex-trafficking is no more. That every child has access to healthcare and love.
Join us in giving who you are. You may discover more of yourself along the way.
Personnel Highlight: Amanda Stadel, HEAL Board Director
Program Highlight: "Paint for Peace"
A community art-catharsis event which commemorates those lost to HIV and reduces stigma for those living with HIV.
Paint for Peace is a community painting event commemorating World AIDS Day, remembering those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, and reducing stigma for those living with HIV/AIDS.