Earlier this month, 9 year old Mohamed Steven received first and second degree burns on his hands, buttocks and lower leg. He received emergency treatment at Mercy Hospital and was admitted for longer term care.
Within three weeks, Mohamed could walk around without assistance. His parents are much happy for seeing their child alive and active.
Mercy Hospital held the first general staff meeting of 2018 on January 10th. Three staff members were given Staff of the Month awards; Mohamed Koroma (HIV/AIDS Counselor) for October, 2017, Mohamed Khadar (Outreach Coordinator) for November 2017, and Mohamed S. Koroma (Maintenance Supervisor) for the month of December 2017.
Pharmacist Sida Saffa was awarded the Staff of the Year Award for 2017, "in recognition of [his] immeasurable hard work, dedication, selfless acts of time and outstanding work ethics during the 2017 operational year."
The first set of beneficiaries from the Microfinance program shared their experience with the current participants. Their experience during the classes, after getting the loans and how they do the business and paying the loans were the key areas they focused on.
Vulnerable people on the street of Bo city received a Christmas gift in the form of uncooked food items (rice, salt, Maggi seasoning and onion.) This distribution was done by some staff and children in both the Child Support and Family Care Programs. The children and staff gave packages of food items to more than 50 vulnerable people on the streets and wished them a Merry Christmas.
The outreach committee did some renovations on two homes of children enrolled in our programs. First, the committee did repairs to the bedroom of one of our Family Care Program children. He has been sleeping in a mud-walled room without a proper ceiling or door. The outreach committee decided to finish his bedroom, and also improve some part of the caregiver’s room.
Roofing and painting were also done on another vulnerable family's house. This house has been leaking throughout this rainy season until the intervention of the CRC outreach program. Now they are safe from the troubles of the rain.
See below before and after photos of some of the renovations.
The CRC's newest students live in Fengehun Village, just outside of Bo. Because of the distance, the Fengehun students weren't able to attend the Christmas parties held at the CRC compound, so the CRC staff brought Christmas to them.
In the fall of 2017, the CRC expanded beyond Bo to add 20 first graders living in Fengehun Village to the roster. Fengehun Village is one of the villages served by Mercy Hospital's Outreach program. CRC staff travels with Mercy staff to do home and school visits for the children, while Mercy conducts prenatal and child nutrition clinics. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Fengehun by car.
Because of the distance, the 20 new students couldn't attend the Sponsor A Child Christmas parties held at the CRC, so the CRC staff brought a belated Christmas to them in January. Each child received a Luci solar light and treats to share with their families.
We are proud to announce that Child Rescue Centre alumnus Aruna Stevens received his medical degree from the College of Medical and Allied Health Studies (COMAHS) on January 20th. His convocation in Freetown was attended by many fellow CRC alumni. Aruna is the second CRC student to graduate medical school, preceded by Yusef Tejan, who graduated from COMAHS last year.
Aruna dedicated his dissertation defense to his late parents and to his American sponsor, Brian McCaffrey, "without whose compassionate support it would not have been possible." He will begin his two-year housemanship (residency) in the spring, which will include six months rotation each in medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.
CARES Radio held an end of year street broadcast at the Shellmingo round about in Bo City. This program attracted stakeholders from the Bo environment such as: the Regional Human Right Activities chair, the ruling APC South Party chair, a student representative from Njala University, the media, CRC staff, and the public.
The program dealt with the topic "Put your country first in the coming National Elections in Sierra Leone." Prizes were distributed to participants who answered questions as the program was aired live on the radio.
One year old Phillipa Joy was recently brought to Mercy with shortness of breath, and was subsequently diagnosed with pneumonia. After a few days of treatment, she was feeling much better, breathing normally, and ready to go home.
Seventy-year-old John George was admitted to Mercy Hospital in November with a severe cough. Staff were initially concerned he might have tuberculosis, but happily he tested negative and is responding well to treatment.
“I was so much worse at home. I couldn’t walk by myself and after just a few steps I would be exhausted. I was coughing all day and all night. I couldn’t sleep because the coughing was so bad. I came to Mercy but honestly, I was hopeless that I would get better. But now I am so much better! I can walk, sleep and I am relieved from the coughing.”