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Want to learn more about the global movement to transition children from residential/orphanage care to family-based care? Please plan to participate an inspiring and informative study hosted by Helping Children Worldwide. Through prayer, selected readings, small group activities, and discussions, this study provides a stepping stone for sharing, learning, and taking action together. The Journeys of Faith curriculum is provided by Faith to Action will equip participants with
From March 12 - April 6, HCW is facilitating an online study via private Facebook Group. You will engage at your own pace, but you can expect participation to include about an hour of engagement every week, including watching videos, reading resources and responding to 2-3 posts. Click here for the Journeys of Faith Facebook page, or email Laura Horvath at email@example.com to sign up.
Prefer to participate in person? Stay tuned for an opportunity to attend a one-day workshop instead.
The Faith to Action Initiative serves as a resource for Christian groups, churches, and individuals seeking to respond to the needs of orphans and vulnerable children around the world.
In January 2017, Rosa (The CRC Residential Counselor) started her classes to pursue a continuing education certificate from the Holy Rosary Sisters Counseling and Peace Centre. Her studies included career counseling, psycho-social counseling, and pastoral counseling. The year-long program ended in a three-week practical internship Rosa conducted at Mercy Hospital.
"I want to thank the CRC, HCW, Beth Ratchford and the Morells for all their support in moving me to another level in the academic field. Of course I am now loaded with knowledge relating to my job and position as a counselor." Rosa's parents, a team of CRC staff, and other guests were all present at the Holy Rosary Compound for the ceremony. Certificates were presented by the Director of the Centre, Sister Okechi, and the ceremony was followed by photos and refreshments.
On January 31st, Dr. Carol McIntosh conducted a staff training with Sister Augusta, the maternity department, and some of the ward nurses at Mercy Hospital, using Zoom. The focus of the training was on post-partum hemorrhage and prolonged labor. Dr. Carol also explained when to refer patients to Bo government, in situations that Mercy is not equipped to handle. This gave Mercy its first taste of telemedicine, allowing Dr. Carol to speak over the computer with the members of Mercy’s nursing department. The Mercy staff really liked the visuals Dr. Carol was able to share with them using the Zoom teleconferencing capabilities.
Mercy Hospital has hired a new chief medical officer, Dr. Sao Konigarvi Amara, following the retirement of Dr. Kanneh. Dr. Amara received a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (COMAHS) in 2014, and is awaiting the results of his Masters of Public Health from Njala University. Dr. Amara should feel at home at Mercy, having graduated from the Bo Government Senior Secondary School.
Earlier this month, 9 year old Mohamed Steven suffered first and second degree burns on his hands, buttocks and lower leg. He received emergency treatment at Mercy Hospital and was admitted for longer term care.
Within three weeks, Mohamed could walk around without assistance. His parents are so happy to see their child alive and active.
Mercy Hospital held the first general staff meeting of 2018 on January 10th. Three staff members were given Staff of the Month awards; Mohamed Koroma (HIV/AIDS Counselor) for October, 2017, Mohamed Khadar (Outreach Coordinator) for November 2017, and Mohamed S. Koroma (Maintenance Supervisor) for the month of December 2017.
Pharmacist Sida Saffa was awarded the Staff of the Year Award for 2017, "in recognition of [his] immeasurable hard work, dedication, selfless acts of time and outstanding work ethics during the 2017 operational year."
The first set of beneficiaries from the Microfinance program shared their experience with the current participants. Their experience during the classes, after getting the loans and how they do the business and paying the loans were the key areas they focused on.
Vulnerable people on the street of Bo city received a Christmas gift in the form of uncooked food items (rice, salt, Maggi seasoning and onion.) This distribution was done by some staff and children in both the Child Support and Family Care Programs. The children and staff gave packages of food items to more than 50 vulnerable people on the streets and wished them a Merry Christmas.
The outreach committee did some renovations on two homes of children enrolled in our programs. First, the committee did repairs to the bedroom of one of our Family Care Program children. He has been sleeping in a mud-walled room without a proper ceiling or door. The outreach committee decided to finish his bedroom, and also improve some part of the caregiver’s room.
Roofing and painting were also done on another vulnerable family's house. This house has been leaking throughout this rainy season until the intervention of the CRC outreach program. Now they are safe from the troubles of the rain.
See below before and after photos of some of the renovations.