The Sponsor A Child Program connects caring sponsors in the US with individual Child Rescue Centre students in Sierra Leone. The sponsors commit to provide monthly financial support and write to the student they sponsor, to encourage them and let them know that someone is praying for their success! Through the exchange of letters and photos, sponsors and students connect on a personal level and form a bond with one another.
Getting more than 500 kids to write letters can be a challenge, especially when you consider that for most of these kids, English is their second language, but the SAC team is more than equal to the challenge. The SAC program regularly holds letter writing events at the CRC, where staff can help the students with their English and writing skills. The event opens with a song and prayer, the kids write their letters and get their photos snapped, and share a snack together. The letter events are a fun opportunity for the kids to spend time with classmates and make new friends.
Remember as a kid how exciting it was to go shopping for new notebooks and other supplies in preparation for a new school year? At the start of every academic year, the CRC gathers all of the students in the Child Support Program to receive their school supplies for the year. With 450 kids in this program, that is a lot of pencils!
Thirty year old Foday Kamara was sitting on his front porch with his wife during a storm when the porch was struck by lightning. Foday fell and hit his head. His wife was also superficially burned. Foday received care at Mercy to ensure that he did not suffer brain damage, and is now fully recovered, although the medical staff at Mercy believe that he may continue to suffer headaches. His wife's injuries were minor and did not require medical treatment.
Dr. Carol McIntosh has just returned from a medical mission trip to Bo. During her time there, Dr. Carol trained Mercy Hospital's maternity staff, many of whom are fairly new, to perform ultrasounds.
Mercy Hospital's Nutrition program reaches 11 communities outside of Bo, but the nutrition program also operates out of the main hospital, for those close enough to Mercy to access it there. Two month old Baby Samuel King was brought to Mercy Hospital's local nutrition program by his grandmother, as his mother recently passed away. Unfortunately, the family has no one who is able to breastfeed Samuel and the family is unable to afford formula.
The Outreach Coordinator, together with the local District Nutrition Unit, identified this baby as extremely vulnerable and prone to malnutrition (he currently weighs only 4.1 kg and 52 cm long). Mercy Hospital has committed to purchasing him formula on a monthly basis and monitoring him until he get old enough to transfer to Bennimix/solid foods.