Abdul Kamara got enrolled into Njala University in 2018, where he was accepted to study for the bachelor of science in Business Administration. Throughout his four year studies his tuition fees, learning materials, medical and transportation were covered by the CRC and the support of donors to our Promise Scholar Program.
On 25th February 2023 Abdul graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The graduation ceremony took place at Njala University Mokondeh campus.
The CRC staffs who went to support Abdul were Olivia the Director, Rosa PSEd coordinator and Mohamed the driver, who are super proud of Abdul Kamara and his academic success. Abdul’s family was also in attendance, and his eldest sister sons were also graduating on the same day with Abdul.
Please join us in congratulating Abdul and celebrating this great and memorable day for the Kamara Family!
Last week, HCW attended a 1-day conference called Maternal and Child Survival: A Decade of Progress and Action for the Future hosted by USAID, UNICEF, and the Governments of India, Senegal, and the United Kingdom. This conference brought together bilateral organizations like the WHO, NGOs like Save the Children, researchers, and Ministries of Health to discuss the progress made on reducing the number of maternal and children's deaths around the world.
HCW attended alongside representatives from the Healey International Relief Foundation, Project HOPE, Rural Healthcare Initiative, Tenki for Born, Maison de Naissance, and other Together for Global Health members.
Overall, the evidence presented showed that while much progress in reducing the number of deaths of children under five and mothers, progress has slowed. In order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal's targets for maternal and child deaths, 4 big goals were discussed: coverage, quality, equity, and residence. These goals include but are not limited to:
Although HCW is a small organization, we are a part of the progress in each of these four areas. Through our medical outreaches, we are able to fill in the gaps for care to hard to reach communities. With the doctor's residence being completed on Mercy Hospital's campus, Dr. Stevens is always available for emergencies at the hospital. HCW provides medical training to doctors, nurses, and community health workers in Bo and throughout Sierra Leone during our medical missions trips in July. Our cadre of midwives and nurses provide compassionate care to mothers and children, and our daily work with our partners is on health system strengthening to increase the capacity to respond to change. Each year over 300 women receive prenatal care at Mercy Hospital. In 2022, 184 babies were delivered at the hospital, and there were zero maternal deaths.
The conference closed with remarks from Dr. Murabit from the Gates Foundation, who express that the Gates Foundation operated under the idea of "impatient optimism." Looking back at the progress that has been made in Maternal and Child Health over the last 10 years, HCW is also optimistic about the future for women and children that we can be a part of, and impatient to make it happen.
All non-profit organizations, regardless of size, experience, area of interest, or region of the world have one thing in common: a lot of our time is dedicated to fundraising. Whether it be from big events (like HCW’s Annual Golf Tournament) granting organizations (like our amazing partner churches) or generous individuals like you, a lot of time and energy is dedicated to identifying, obtaining, and keeping donors for the long term. For many non-profits, this can be a daunting and even frightening task. Anyone who has ever had to sell candy bars in school or try to “fill a thermometer” for a church building project knows that asking people for money is hard.
So, in February, our Together for Global Health coalition began a workshop called Fundraising from the Heart, produced by the Soul of Money Institute. The Soul of Money Institute provides transformational and educational programs that inspire and empower individuals, organizations, and institutions to relate to money better and be better stewards of finances. The first part of this workshop was focused on a philosophy of fundraising more than actual tips and tricks for raising money. The workshop touched on a lot of the reasons that non-profit workers are afraid to ask for money: a belief that there is not enough, and that we are not enough. Some of the coalition members found this to be off-putting: why is the philosophy of fundraising so important?
At HCW, financial health is one of our strategic anchors. Within that anchor, we value human contribution to our organization and our work. Whenever we refer to any effort to raise money, we call this Development. In The Ministry of Development, author John Frank refers to development as: "the creating of opportunities to involve God’s people in God’s work. This process links people who believe in God and His Kingdom on earth with the work itself. This connection might take the form of prayer, time and gifts of money. Development is a process of involving people in the actual work of the ministry rather than only the end result (needed funds)."
For us, we see all our fundraising efforts as opportunities to bring people along on our mission to empower and strengthen families and communities. Sharing this philosophy with our Together for Global Health coalition is an important way that we strengthen our network partners and empower them to generate the funds needed to do global health work around the world.
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