From all of us here at Helping Children Worldwide in collaboration with our local partners, the Child Reintegration Centre and Mercy Hospital, we are giving a BIG shout-out to all our PARTNER CHURCHES & SUPPORTING CONGREGATIONS for your faithful partnership and commitment to changing lives and healing the world!
At Helping Children Worldwide, we acknowledge the fact that having wonderful supporting churches to promote a cause like this is a huge blessing. Through this ministry, the Child Reintegration Centre and Mercy Hospital are transforming lives and changing communities because of the support of vibrant partner churches and supporting congregations working together to advance God's Kingdom through prayers, material and financial support, and physical presence on the ground through mission trips to work with local leaders to make changes for good. That is phenomenal!
Your partnership to this ministry is saving lives, strengthening families, unlocking potential, developing leaders, and empowering communities. Thank you for bringing transformation to the world through the amazing work you do in your immediate communities and communites far away from you.
Recent Mission/Good News Moments
A special shout-out to the following churches for hosting amazing ministry (Good News) moments in the past couple months with Emmanuel Nabieu.
Looking for more ways to get involved as partner church or supporting congregation? Please contact Nabs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercy Hospital Antenatal Clinics Gives Hope to Mothers and Their Babies During and After Pregnancy
Sierra Leone is one of the countries battling high maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. The country has once been reported as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be pregnant and to give birth.
The good news is that Mercy Hospital is changing this for the better! Thank you for your amazing partnership!
In developing countries like Sierra Leone, many people live in rural areas with limited or no access to healthcare. Mercy Hospital is one of the few healthcare institutions that makes healthcare accessible and affordable to the most vulnerable populations living in the most remote areas of the country.
Most pregnant women in these remote areas struggle to have access to quality antenatal care. Thinking about this, they become so worried about their survival and the life of their babies. With limited or no knowledge and resources, they constantly worry about what to do, what to eat, and how to make sure that they give birth safely. Most have to walk on foot for over five miles to reach the nearest clinic. And even with that, they still could not afford to pay to get quality treatment for themselves and their babies.
With the intervention of Mercy Hospital, a lot has changed, as pregnant women do have the opportunity to attend the antenatal clinic which has continued to help reduce the high infant mortality rate in Sierra Leone. Mercy Hospital hosts antenatal clinics twice a week where many pregnant women and lactating mothers come to receive quality medical care.
Another recent beneficiary of Mercy Hospital’s antenatal clinic, Martha explains, “Since I got pregnant, I started attending the antenatal clinic at the Mercy Hospital. My hope and confidence increased. I became less worried. The nurses and doctors are really nice, as they always encourage us. When we get together in the morning, there are exercises that we do. They talk to us. They give us wise advice as to what to eat, and what to do and not do as pregnant women to stay healthy.”
With its primary focus on improving infant, child, and maternal health through holistic, community-focused care, Mercy Hospital treats over 10,000 people every year, regardless of their ability to pay.
"They are life savers! They took great care of me during and after my pregnancy. They gave me free quality medical treatment and they enrolled my child in the nutrition program, With the intervention of Mercy Hospital, there is hope," said Martha.
You are Saving Lives!
Because of the generosity of our faithful partners like you, the Mercy Hospital Antenatal Program cares for about 300 women and babies every year.
Thank you for saving lives!
To learn more about how you can boost Mercy Hospital's efforts in reducing the high infant and maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone, please visit: Mercy Hospital Campaign Page.
By Yasmine Vaughan, HCW Mission Project Specialist
Apparently, hospital beds are not Prime two-day shipping eligible.
One of the biggest obstacles to getting medical supplies to Sierra Leone is the shipping cost, especially for larger items that cannot be carried by mission teams. When HCW Board member Rick Peterson approached HCW and said he would cover the cost of shipping for hospital beds being donated to us by Project CURE, we jumped at the chance. Project CURE will be sending 100 emergency relief hospital beds to Sierra Leone, to replace some of the older or broken beds at Mercy Hospital.
These beds are an incredible blessing to Mercy, but have also allowed us to be a blessing to others as well. In March of 2021, HCW formed the Rising Tides Global Public Health Coalition for organizations and individuals that share a calling to provide healthcare to vulnerable people around the world. Our goal is to share resources and best practices, and discuss shared obstacles.
In our second meeting, we discussed the challenges we each had with getting supplies abroad, and Brent Phillips, CEO of Cherish Uganda hospital, told us how his organization spent almost $100,000 in shipping, customs, and other fees to get a container of supplies to his hospital in Entebbe, Uganda.
When it became apparent that Mercy Hospital would only need 30 beds, we reached out to our partners in Sierra Leone and offered to let them have the extra beds. These hospital beds will not only go to Mercy Hospital, but will be placed in Kissy United Methodist Hospital in Freetown, the Sierra Leone Mission School Clinic in Freetown, Mission of Hope Rotifunk Hospital in Rotifunk, and the Rural Health Care Initiative's birth-waiting home in Bo. We are grateful to share this blessing with our partners, which has strengthened the relationships in the coalition and reminded us of one of the values we have at HCW: radical collaboration.
We are really excited to place these beds in Mercy Hospital, and thankful that the beds being shared with the other clinics will be "helping children worldwide"!
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