MedAssets Honors Individuals for Charitable Contributions

ATLANTA, Apr 09, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — As part of its annual Healthcare Business Summit, MedAssets Inc. (NASDAQ: MDAS) honored several humanitarians for their work in improving the lives of people in America and around the world.

Ian and Janine Maxwell Receive the Norman Borlaug Humanitarian AwardReceiving the Humanitarian Award this year were the husband and wife leadership team of Heart for Africa, Ian and Janine Maxwell. They were honored with the award for their leadership in developing sustainable communities in sub-Saharan Africa that will lead to better food security and improved economic conditions.

Before honoring the Maxwells, MedAssets’ chairman, president and CEO John Bardis announced that the Company’s award was being renamed for Norman E. Borlaug, a 1970 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who dedicated his life to improving crop yields and varieties so that impoverished nations in Asia, Africa and South America could enjoy better food security. Borlaug died in September at the age of 95. Borlaug’s family attended the ceremony.

The Maxwells gave up lucrative business careers to devote their lives to Heart for Africa. The U.S.-based non-profit works with local African organizations to provide self-sustainable homes for orphans and vulnerable children through long-term programs and short-term service trips that deliver quality care, shelter, food, water, clothing, health care, social work, mentoring and education. The organization specializes in bringing people from North America to work in service projects alongside local partners in two African countries: Kenya and Swaziland. Over the past two years, MedAssets and its employees have donated more than $1.5 million and thousands of hours of volunteer time to developing Project Canaan, a sustainable agricultural community in Swaziland. When completed, Project Canaan will include farmland, fisheries, hydroponic greenhouses, orchards and dairy operations, along with housing and schools for orphans and vulnerable children and a health clinic.

“Heart for Africa is a cause that everyone at MedAssets has embraced,” Bardis said. “The MedAssets employees who have travelled there have been touched by the impact this project is already having on the people of Swaziland. As we continue to develop Project Canaan, that impact will be even greater and will offer this community an opportunity to thrive like never before.”

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About Heart for Africa

Heart for Africa is a U.S. non-profit working with local African organizations to provide self-sustainable homes for orphans through long term programs and short term service trips that deliver quality care, shelter, food, water, clothing, health care, social work, mentoring and education. The organization specializes in bringing people from North America to work in service projects alongside local partners in two African countries: Kenya and Swaziland. To date, more than 4,000 people have traveled with Heart for Africa. For more information, please visit www.heartforafrica.org.

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Projects at our Partner Homes

Heart for Africa partners with children’s homes in Swaziland and Kenya.  Together, there are over 400 children living at these homes.  We are excited to see the development of the homes over the past few years.  As they grow, needs continue to develop.  We have four projects that we are working on at this time.  Please consider a donation to help us complete these important projects.

New Hope Center

New Hope Center is located in Swaziland and is home to  children.  We are working to provide septic and hot water in the boy’s dorm and the girl’s dorm.  These amenities will drastically improve the quality of life for the New Hope Center children.

Total Funds Needed: $5,470

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El Shaddai Children’s Home

El Shaddai is located in Swaziland and is home to 70 children.  The private school at El Shaddai provides a quality education for the children living in the home and many other children from the nearby homesteads.  The El Shaddai school was the first completely free school in Swaziland.

El Shaddai has recently completed construction of 3 teachers homes.  Providing housing for the teachers is a great benefit to ensure consistent employment of high quality teachers.  We are currently raising funds to build three more teachers homes.  Each will provide a home for two teachers.

Total Funds Needed: $7,210 per home

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Strong Tower Children’s Home

Located in Kenya, Strong Tower is home to approximately 50 children.  The home recently opened a new dorm which increased capacity from 24 to 70+.  However, the home does not have a proper kitchen.  Each day, the cook prepares three meals outside over an open fire.  We would like to build a proper kitchen for Strong Tower.

Total Funds Needed: $15,200

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Merciful Redeemer Children’s Home

Merciful Redeemer is located in Kenya and is home to approximately 100 children.  Although the home has sufficient space to house the children, the two dorms do not have showers and toilets.  The children bathe each day in buckets in the yard and use toilets in outhouses near the dorms.  The showers and toilets are in place, but need a septic system completed before they can be used.

Total Funds Needed: $6,100

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Calling Fathers and Sons to Kenya

DSC_0939Are you a father looking for a unique service experience with your son this summer?  We have just the opportunity for you.  Heart for Africa is planning a Father/Son trip to Kenya to work at our partner Strong Tower.  Currently Strong Tower is home to 24 former street boys from the Naivasha, Kenya area.  We have an amazing opportunity to model for these young men a positive father/son relationship.  And, through this opportunity, you and your son(s) will have a one-of-a-kind bonding experience.

The team will depart from the US on July 2 and return on July 12.  During the service trip, you will stay in a comfortable hotel in the Naivasha area.  Located in the Rift Valley, Naivasha is only a 2.5 hour drive from Nairobi.  During the day, the team will do construction work and gardening at Strong Tower, while building lasting relationships with the boys living at the home.  With space for only 20 people, this trip will fill up fast. Reserve space for you and your son(s) today.  Click here for more details.

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Obeying the Call by Debora Woods

HOW Jewelry Team - July 2009

HOW Jewelry Team - July 2009

As I boarded the first of two flights toward my very first Heart for Africa trip in Kenya, I didn’t quite know what to expect.  I was joining a group of volunteers who had been tasked to help widows and orphaned children in Kenya.  Other than that I was happy to be available and flexible during the trip.  What I was certain of, is that I needed to go on this trip because I was being called to something.  I just wasn’t sure of what that something was.  My presence on the trip was an act of obedience to this calling.  Otherwise, why would I leave the United States on the July 4th weekend, one of my favorite holidays of the year?  Why would I go half way around the world to an unfamiliar place and spend time with people that I had never met?  The answers to these questions would become clearer as the trip unfolded.

When I finally met the other volunteers, I could quickly discern that this group had a love for people outside of their individual spheres of influence.  They had come from all over the United States, each with their own rich stories of how they were led to participate on this trip.   We jumped into the trip with open hearts and flexible spirits. Read the rest of this entry »

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