The Child Reintegration Centre and Mercy Hospital are grieving the loss of Bishop John K. Yambasu, the man whose vision launched their mission to care for vulnerable children and families in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world. To honor Bishop Yambasu, the CRC and Mercy are holding a special candlelight ceremony called "Carry the Light," to ensure the continuation of Bishop Yambasu's vision to "reach across the ocean for the love of God's children." A special banner has been created, which will be signed by the staff members of both organization. HCW Assistant Director Mohamed Nabieu is traveling from the US this week and will participate in the ceremony.
We are two hearts beating as one, two hands with one heart, reaching across the ocean for the love of God's children."Bishop John K. Yambasu
The Child Reintegration Centre, in collaboration with Helping Children Worldwide and 1MillionHome, will host the first Family Reunification Workshop in Sierra Leone on October 2 - 3. Orphanage leaders from Bo, Makeni, Kenema, and Pujehun will learn the importance of children growing up in families, the basics about how to transition from a residential model to family-based programs, and be invited to join a community of practice together to continue to share best practices in the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Opening remarks will be made by Patrick Bangura, the Bo representative of the Ministry of Gender and Children's Affairs, and the keynote speaker will be the Honorable Minister Manty Tarawalli, Minister of the Gender and Children's Affairs for Sierra Leone. HCW's Assistant Director Mohamed Nabieu will be present for the workshop.
The CRC's rescue and reintegration of street children had to be paused temporarily to comply with COVID restrictions, but we are happy to report that these efforts have resumed. Five children were recently rescued from the street in Bo and brought into the Interim Care Facility for their safety. Family tracing for the children has been initiated, and potential caregivers are receiving counseling and support to help them receive the children into their homes.
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