On Saturday, July 14th, the Child Rescue Centre hosted a big multi-purpose event for many of the students enrolled in the CRC programs. All the kids who attended were measured for school uniforms, and also had the opportunity to write to their sponsors. And of course, there was lots of time for sports, games, and socializing!
Uniforms are mandatory in Sierra Leone schools, and the expense is just one more obstacle in the way of poor families who want their children to get an education instead of going to work. The Child Rescue Centre provides each enrolled student with the proper school uniform, shoes, belt, backpack, books and school supplies, without which they would not be allowed to attend school.
There are nearly 100 schools approved for attendance by students enrolled in the CRC, and every school has a different color uniform. It's a marvelous sight every morning to see the sidewalks and pathways of Bo fill with children garbed in every hue of blue, green, red, gold, burgundy, pink, white and brown as they head off to school. The tailors are going to be very busy over the next two months!
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.