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IOHPA & MATTER: Fulfilling Dreams to Improve Healthcare in Ethiopia

By |2020-01-17T10:06:50+00:00January 17th, 2020|Categories: Hospitals, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

“The nurses have been asking for more birthing beds for the last ten years. The few they have are old and rusty, which can cause disease for the mothers and babies. I saw two pregnant women on a delivery bed and four women on the floor because there was not another bed for them to use.”  Standing in the middle of [...]

Collaborating Helps Community Causes Come To Life!

By |2020-01-10T07:55:03+00:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: MATTERbox, MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Uncategorized|Tags: |

It was the first Saturday in December when nearly forty volunteers from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie gathered at MATTER to kick-off their first annual Holiday Giving Program. Designed as an outreach to the local community during the holiday season, St. Andrew chose to fund and pack MATTERbox meal kits. With Christmas in [...]

Helping Kickstart Your Big Ideas To Change The World!

By |2020-01-02T20:16:45+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: MATTERnation Volunteer Opportunities, Stories, Uncategorized|Tags: |

What happens when people believe they matter? What happens when people realize they have what it takes to make this world a better place? At MATTER, we know first-hand the power of people who believe they have a unique and vital role in finding solutions to some of the biggest problems facing our world today. Throughout 2019, we saw the [...]

Innovation Hub: Learning Leads To Opportunity

By |2019-12-23T14:06:50+00:00December 23rd, 2019|Categories: Education, Innovation Hub, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

“School is more fun and I look forward to it now!”  Tristan Harris is a sixth-grader at Victoria Falls Primary School in Zimbabwe. At eleven years old, attending school had become routine and boring. When the MATTER Innovation Hub arrived at his school earlier this year, Tristan’s attitude changed. Instead of dreading school, he got up each day eager to go.   [...]

MATTER Pro: Helping Athletes Activate Purpose

By |2019-12-18T14:23:35+00:00December 18th, 2019|Categories: MATTER Pro, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

“Sport has the power to change the world.” Nelson Mandala   Athletes today carry the stature of celebrity. And like celebrities, their public influence and huge fan base puts them in a unique position to make a significant impact in our world. While many recognize the importance of using their influence for good, it’s often the case they don’t know where or how [...]

YOU MATTER…And Can Change The World!

By |2019-12-12T15:21:29+00:00December 12th, 2019|Categories: Hospitals, Stories, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe|Tags: , , , |

YOU MATTER.  Two simple words that come together to form a powerful statement. At MATTER, this is not a mere tagline. It’s the guiding principle by which we work with and serve others. When people believe they matter and believe others matter too, amazing things happen!   There is no better example of this than that of our dear [...]

Change Lives For Students Like Marissa

By |2019-12-12T12:55:15+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Education, Innovation Hub, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe|

Marissa Taylor, a sixth grader at Victoria Falls Primary School in Zimbabwe. Meet Marissa, a sixth-grader at Victoria Falls Primary School in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Marissa’s always liked school. She’s smart, curious and loves to learn. When the MATTER Innovation Hub arrived at her school, she was anxious to see what all the excitement [...]

Victoria Falls Hospital’s Nutrition Garden: Giving Thanks for the Harvest!

By |2019-11-26T18:24:05+00:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Agriculture, Hospitals, Stories, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe|Tags: , , , , |

Here in the Midwest the growing season is definitely over. The fields have been harvested and are now sitting barren and brown, waiting for the cover of snow to blanket them until spring. But it’s another story entirely in Zimbabwe. With temperatures in the 90’s and humidity at 90%, their growing season is in full swing.  There's [...]

YOU MATTER Cooking: Kids Learn To Prepare Healthy Food!

By |2019-11-22T11:03:08+00:00November 21st, 2019|Categories: MATTERbox, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

"Nutrition and healthy eating look different for every family, but with the support of MATTERbox, it will help introduce new foods for my students and their families to try." - Teacher Melinda Weiss, Henry Sibley High School   The day was Halloween, but for Mrs. Weiss’s REAL Program at Henry Sibley High School, the topic was not candy, [...]

MATTER Innovation Hub: Sponsor A Student, Fulfill A Dream

By |2019-11-13T17:30:10+00:00November 13th, 2019|Categories: Innovation Hub, Uncategorized, Zimbabwe|Tags: , |

It’s every teacher’s dream for their students to come to class happy to be there and eager to learn. For Aubrey Chiwandura, the facilitator for the first MATTER Innovation Hub (MIH) Program in Zimbabwe, that’s his experience almost every day. And he loves it. “They come running with smiles on their faces because they love [...]

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