Helping Children Worldwide is especially blessed to have a wonderful group of interns who are serving in various capacities to further our mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children and families. Please join us in welcoming this extraordinary and committed group of young people!
Andrea Siegel: Andrea earned her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University in 2011. She has taught at various universities in the United States and led workshops in Ethiopia, Georgia, Estonia, Turkey, and Israel. After being an at-home caregiver for family members with terminal illnesses, she trained in chaplaincy at University of Michigan's hospital. Andrea is currently a Master of Social Work candidate at Louisiana State University online. She and her husband live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their cat Maxwell (who thinks he's a dog). She is interning at HCW to continue to build her skills in global social work.
Katie Bristol: Since graduating from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Public Health Science, Katie has been seeking valuable experiences in the field of global health before pursuing higher education. Following an internship involving global health grants, management Katie is excited to be working with a small nonprofit committed to improving public health through community involvement and outreach. In her free time, Katie likes to hike, cook, quilt and crochet. She is excited to continue learning from people committed to supporting the communities they work so closely with.
Mindy Mucci: Mindy graduated from George Mason with a degree in Political Communications, and besides supporting HCW, volunteers for Wildlife Rescue League and serves as an election official. She is eager to spend the next chapter of her career applying hard-won commercial capabilities to missions about which she feels passionate, especially in helping underserved communities, which is what led her to HCW. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her soul mate, Steve, and her two spunky pups, Lucy and Dexter. When looking for some tranquility, Mindy enjoys camping, biking on the Mt. Vernon Trail, hiking Old Rag, and rock-climbing.
Virginia Horvath: Virginia is a freshman biology major at James Madison University, on a pre-Physicians Assistant track to become a Pediatric PA. She lives at home with her parents, but hopes to switch to an apartment in Harrisonburg next semester. Virginia loves helping people and working with children. "Everyone always says I give good advice and that I'm a very supportive friend," she says. She loves to read and watch TV and is currently enjoying the show Catfish. Virginia wanted to work for HCW because her whole family has been involved in the mission for many years, "with everyone but me going on a Sierra Leone trip," she says. "I had hoped to go on my own mission trip post-COVID, but we shall see!"
Yasmine Vaughn: Yasmine is a Masters of Public Health student at the George Washington University, studying Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation. She lives in South Boston, VA with her family and her 12 week old kitten, River Song. In her free time, she enjoys baking, photography, embroidery, and listening to podcasts. When she graduates, Yasmine is hoping to work internationally in medical missions, so she is happy to be interning for HCW because she can "work closely with an organization of hard-workers who value collaboration, love the Lord, and seek to empower others."
Helping Children Worldwide is grateful to be the recipient of a generous grant from the First Fruit Foundation which will allow the CRC to renovate a former dormitory to make it suitable for visiting case manager, social workers, and caregivers to attend family reintegration workshops. The grant also covers the development of curriculum to teach case managers Attachment Theory, microfinance instruction, and implementation of the Child Status Index.
Once trained, the CRC case managers will be empowered to teach these skills to caregivers in villages served by the CRC and Mercy. The CRC also plans to offer family strengthening workshops, which includes positive discipline and life skills. The updates to the dorms will make them comfortable for workshop participants to stay at the CRC overnight.
If you are deeply concerned about the care of orphaned and vulnerable children in the developing world, please join us November 12 and 19 at 1PM via Zoom for our second annual Rising Tides Conference, as we share about global best practices to help children thrive in families instead of institutions. Rising Tides will:
The Child Reintegration Centre continues the collaboration with Street Child UK to identify on the streets of Bo, so they can be reunified with their families.
Children run away from home for many reasons, including conflict with their caregivers and fear of punishment, but the problems can be addressed through reconciliation counseling, family strengthening, and material support for the extremely vulnerable.
Over the last several weeks, Street Child workers found eight children between the ages of 10 and 14 who had run away for various reasons. CRC case managers brought the children in for family tracing, provided interim care, and reunified them with their families. All eight children have been enrolled in a CRC program, and are attending school.
When Bishop John Yambasu tragically died in a traffic accident in August of this year, he left behind an epic legacy of love and service, but he also left a huge hole in the hearts of the many people he led and inspired. The Child Reintegration, Mercy Hospital, and Missionary Training Centre staff members have been especially devastated by his loss. They decided to hold a very special ceremony to honor the bishop and reignite their commitment to his ministry of transforming the lives of vulnerable children and families in Sierra Leone.
The ceremony, called "Carry the Light" was held on September 29th at the CRC and included all staff members from the CRC, Mercy and the MTC. At the event, one big candle represented the Bishop's light, and each staff member lit an individual candle from that light, symbolizing the continuation of the bishop's vision and mission. The staff members took the candles home, so that they will continue to be a visible memento of the CRC and Mercy staff members' recommitment to their mission.