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Helping Children Worldwide

Growing Leaders Saving Lives
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Mary Beth Sams

on 5 April 2013

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Transcript of Helping Children Worldwide

Growing Leaders,
Saving Lives. www.helpingchildrenworldwide.org Sierra Leone is blessed with beauty... Beautiful water, mountains, resources... and beautiful people. Sierra Leone also faces
devastating poverty. Because of years of war and conflict, Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. 1 in 5 children will not live past age 5. In 1999, United Methodist Reverend John Yambasu of Sierra Leone came to the US and asked for help on behalf of the children of his country. Children orphaned by war. Children living in poverty. Floris United Methodist Church in Virginia responded and decided to help the children of Sierra Leone. 40 children were rescued from the street in Bo, Sierra Leone to live in residential care at the CRC. The CRC opened on July 4, 2000. The CRC is a place where children can be rescued from poverty. At the CRC, children live in family style homes. They go to school. They develop leadership skills. They grow into leaders. They get to be kids. The CRC helps over 300 children in residential, community support, and foster care. Since the war ended, the children who need help the most are those who have to work instead of going to school. Today, the CRC rescues kids from trafficking and forced child labor. Abu, age 4, was rescued from forced child labor. Now he goes to school. is a country in West Africa HUMAN TRAFFICKING is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of reproductive slavery,
commercial sexual exploitation, or forced labor. Human trafficking is a modern-day form of SLAVERY. 59% of kids age 5 to 14
in Sierra Leone are
engaged in child labor. Today, over half of our original 40 are in post secondary education programs. Since 2002, UMVIM teams have traveled to the CRC. Volunteers began to see the health needs of the country. 1 in 13 infants will not live out their first month of life. 1 in 21 women will die in childbirth. Mercy opened on October 15, 2007. Mercy Hospital is a 26 bed primary care facility. Mercy is staffed by Sierra Leone health workers, including a physician, a midwife, public health professionals and nurses. Mercy conducts research and provides laboratory services. Mercy has a reputation for providing safe, quality medications in the pharmacy. Mercy serves over 800 patients a month, regardless of ability to pay. Mercy's vision is to reduce the maternal and child mortality rates in the Bo region. A terrible legacy from the Sierra Leone war is the number of men, women, and children amputees who need upper and lower prostheses. Mercy has a limb fitting centre that hand crafts prostheses from wood and scrap metal, then provides physical therapy to patients. Mercy has malaria and HIV test and treat programs. Mercy is working to prevent mother to child transmission of AIDS. Mercy conducts outreach programs in nutrition and prenatal care. Lack of good roads make access to health care difficult. Mercy is training community health volunteers in basic health practices. Volunteers trained in basic health care, nutrition, and hygiene best practices have the ability to identify and treat up to 80% of health concerns in remote villages. Mercy is saving lives. Floris UMC knew quickly that this ministry was bigger than any one church. Floris started the 501(c)3 Helping Children Worldwide in 2003. Today there are 13 partner United Methodist Churches in Virginia, Texas, and Massachusetts. The churches provide financial support, including child sponsorship. The churches send missioners to Bo. They provide volunteers. They provide professional expertise. Helping Children Worldwide sends 5 to 6 teams a year to Sierra Leone. Helping Children Worldwide has a vision to expand its model of sustainable, child focused development to other countries. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, and through partnership with the Sierra Leone United Methodist Church, HCW is making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Helping Children Worldwide is Growing Leaders and Saving Lives. They live out their faith through missions.
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