"Don’t worry, you are going to get well soon.
Abu Bakarr Kanu has made excellent progress in his recovery from severe burns he suffered in March of 2017. Since that time, Mercy Hospital has been committed to his care and recovery. Abu Bakarr lived for months at Mercy Hospital, so that he could receive around the clock care. Additionally, The Child Rescue Centre provided weekly counseling sessions to help him to cope.
Abu Bakarr and his brothers Yahyah and Mohamed were officially enrolled in the Child Rescue Centre, and last fall, he was able to move home with brothers, uncle and grandmother, and begin classes at the Bo Kulanda Town Primary School.
Abu Bakarr loves school, and is getting good grades. His best subjects are English and mathematics, and he spends a lot of time studying for both. His best friend in school is named Brian, and they are also in the same class. Brian and Abu Bakarr love to play and read together. His brothers continue to encourage him in his recovery, telling him often, “don’t worry, you are going to get well soon.”
Abu Bakarr’s wounds are still healing, as healing from serious burns is a long and laborious process. He is happy to be home and going to school, but he still visits Mercy regularly to get his bandages changed, and to allow the Mercy staff to track his progress.
Fortunately, Abu Bakarr's family lives close to both the school and Mercy Hospital, and he has many friends who are happy to walk with him to school and to the hospital. Neither is far, but he needs to take breaks along the way.
Most of the students enrolled in Child Rescue Centre programs live in and around Bo, where the CRC headquarters and facility is located. However, the CRC now supports students in Freetown, Makeni, Kenema, Fengehun and other places. Recently, CRC staff who manage the Family Care Program traveled to Freetown to conduct home and school visits with the CRC students living with their families there.
Many people have the misconception that the Child Rescue Centre is a place located in Bo, Sierra Leone, where children live. In fact, the residential program of the CRC is the smallest of all CRC programs, making up just 3% of the total number of students who are supported by the CRC. The majority of the CRC students live with their own or foster families, and receive financial and medical support that allows them to enjoy growing up within a family and community, while also providing them with access to education and medical care that would otherwise be out of reach.
The CRC's Family Strengthening Program not only provides the opportunity for parents and family to visit the CRC and attend regular activities with their student, but also gives students the chance to spend weekends and holidays at their forever homes. This helps students to become gradually acclimated to life in the Bo community. The students enjoy learning how to help out at home.
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