On this day in 1961, Sierra Leone won independence after more than 150 years of British colonial rule. The new nation was born at the stroke of midnight, when its green, white and blue flag was unfurled. Today, the Residential students celebrated with a parade, or "march past." Happy Birthday, Mama Salone!
Easter Monday is a holiday in Sierra Leone, so the CRC staff took the kids in the Residential Program for a picnic.
This past Saturday Helping Children Worldwide was blessed to host a Sip & Shop fashion benefit event at Lord and Taylor in Dulles Town Center. We are so thankful to each and every one of you who braved the rain to join us and we hope you had a fabulous time! Check out the pictures from the event! (A special thank you to Babette Arnold)
The Child Rescue Centre has welcomed five new members to the staff who will assist our growing outreach to families in the community and help manage operations.
Emmanuel Lamin has been hired for the newly created role of Family Care and Child Support Program Counselor. Victor S. Kanu will be supporting the Family Care and Child Support programs as FCP/CSP Assistant. Henry Kebbie, a former Promise Scholar, will assist Joseph Junisa as Sponsor A Child Assistant Coordinator.
Two new members were added to the Residential Centre staff as well: Dorothy Rogers will serve as Temporal Reserve Auntie, to substitute for aunties who are on leave. Kinnie Ernest is the new Child Rescue Centre gardener.
Left to right: Emmanuel Lamin, Henry Kebbie and Victor Kanu.
Emmanuel Lamin, Family Care and Child Support Program Counselor
Victor Kanu, FCP & CSP Assistant
Henry Kebbie, Sponsor A Child Assistant Coordinator
Dorothy Rogers, Temporal Reserve Auntie
Kinnie Ernest, Child Rescue Centre Gardener
by Kim Sprout, Director of Medical Projects
In anticipation of increased water needs at Mercy with the addition of the Operating Suite, Mercy Hospital's well was recently re-dug. Around 37 feet deep originally, workers dug by hand to add another 5 feet for a total of 42 feet. This depth is equivalent to the height of a 4-story building! As with most construction projects in the region, all work was done by hand. Workers deepened the well by sending a man down to the bottom without even a ladder or footholds, and then sent up the mud bucket by bucket, using a pulley system.
This project included the addition of a more powerful 2 HP pump. Combined with a deeper well, Mercy now has a reliable source of water sufficient for the anticipated increase in demand once the OR is up and running. This will also ensure a consistent water supply, as Mercy suffers from lack of water in the dry season.
Mercy Hospital well provides all the water needed for hospital functions. The well was deepened five feet (by hand) and more powerful pump was installed.
By Mohamed Nabieu, Child Rescue Centre Director
At the Child Rescue Centre, I have a "Young Leaders Club" that is known as the YLC. This club has six top identified young teens at the CRC that we do leadership together. These kids are the budding or emerging leaders, I have tagged them, and we are working together to develop our God's given potentials. Normally, We meet two to three times in a month (Saturdays/Sundays). We started with a book titled "Building Everyday Leadership in All Teens." It is written by Mariam G. Macgregor. This book is really good for teenagers that have passion for leadership. It talks about promoting attitudes and actions for respect and success. The book can also be called "Everyday Leadership."
This book contains relevant topics such as: what leadership means to me, the leaders in my life, what to look for in a leader, leaders and followers, power play, communicating with style, active listening skills, my values, doing the right thing, choosing tolerance, strength in numbers (team work), turning conflict into cooperation, all for one and one for all, taking chances, thinking creatively, having my voice heard, motivating the team, showing appreciation, celebrating success and more.
Kadie, Jitta, Aminata, Lansana and Saidu are studying leadership under the tutelage of CRC Director Mohamed Nabieu.
By Jinna Lahai, Mercy Hospital Administator
At Mercy, 2017 was declared a year of 'RECOGNITION AND AWARD'. This declaration was not just a mere spoken words, but has been proven.
In a general staff meeting held on Wednesday 5/6/17, eight staff out of 36 were nominated initially for outstanding performance. Out of the eight, three were to be awarded each for a month (Jan, Feb, and Mar) in that order. After critical assessment and finally votes cast counted, the under mentioned three names/staff were awarded for Outstanding and Quality Service at Mercy beyond expectation.
We were privileged to have Rev Charley in attendance within his busy schedule (Chairman of Board) who presented these certificates to the deserving staff. It was a well attended meeting and appreciated by all.
By Mohamed Nabieu, Child Rescue Centre Director
The staff and children picked up around the CRC compound. This is done after every two months to continue keeping the CRC beautiful. All children and staff come out willingly with hand gloves on to tour the entire compound to pick any unwanted trash. As they pick up, the children and staff sing the song "pick, pick, pick around.... everybody pick around". This is to keep everyone engaged and it makes everyone feels happy when doing the trash cleaning. We called it our trash picking song.
CHILD RESCUE CENTRE LEADERSHIP TRAINING
The staff attended Child Rescue Leadership Training. This week, we talked about "Current Leadership Challenge Levels at Work," - under challenged, appropriately challenged and dangerously over challenged.
FAMILY CARE PROGRAM MONTHLY MEETING
The Family Care Program held their end of month meeting in the great hall. This is a monthly meeting that the FCP coordinators conduct with the FCP parents. During those meetings, they talk about joys, concerns, challenges, nurturing heart training tips, CRC vision, mission and core values as well as other child care related topics.
ANNUAL SPORT MEET
Many of the children in the residential program participated in the annual athletic sport events at UMC Njagboima school field. They all dressed in their appropriate house colors: green, blue, red and yellow. Some of the children actively take part in the event by running, doing jumps etc.
By Kim Sprout, Medical Projects Director
At our staff meeting yesterday we confirmed the following staff. They completed their probation and are now full staff members:
(Shared from the Mission of Hope:Rotifunk Hospital newsletter)
In the tiny village of Manjama, there is a small health center. In just a few rooms, without air conditioning or much electricity, babies are delivered, people are given basic medical care, and mothers are cared for. As our team walked through the center with the nurses and Community Health Officers (similar to Physician’s Assistants), we met a mother with her newborn daughter. She was tiny, no larger than four pounds. I had no medical training, but even I knew that the rate she was breathing wasn’t normal.
The Community Health Officer made a quick phone call and then asked if we could transport the baby and her mother and grandmother to Mercy Hospital, just a few miles away.
Our Land Rover, where we had been eating lemon cookies and listening to reggae, was transformed into an ambulance. We never asked the name of the little girl or asked to take a picture. I imagined myself in that situation—would I want to be peppered with questions from strangers?
But we did call back. The nurses had stabilized the baby’s breathing using an oxygen concentrator at the hospital. The baby’s life had been saved.
You can hear statistics about Sierra Leone’s infant mortality rates, but it doesn’t hit home until you’re there. In the course of an hour, we saw a child in need of medical help. She had what so many kids in Sierra Leone don’t—a way to get to a hospital in time. Because she got to the hospital in time, she survived.