Greetings! Happy Fall! We hope you enjoy reading our news about the Child Reintegration Centre and Mercy Hospital. As of September, the Sierra Leonean government has lifted most COVID-related restrictions, although gatherings are still limited to fewer than 100 people. Sierra Leone has reported 2,183 cases of COVID with 72 deaths. Restrictions on movement and commerce caused a steep increase in food insecurity, which the CRC and Mercy are addressing through outreach and increased support. More than ever, we are grateful for your support, which enables us to provide critical help to vulnerable children and families.

Family Reunification Workshop HCW Assistant Director Mohamed Nabieu (Nabs) is traveling to Sierra Leone and will be present for the Family Reunification Workshop, a collaborative effort of the CRC, HCW and 1MillionHome (1MH.) Orphanage leaders from Bo, Makeni, Kenema, and Pujehun will learn the importance of children growing up in families, the basics of transitioning from a residential model to family-based programs, and will be invited to join a community to share best practices in the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Opening remarks at the conference will be made by Patrick Bangura, the Bo representative of the Ministry of Gender and Children's Affairs, and the keynote speaker will be the Honorable Manty Tarawalli, Minister of Gender and Children's Affairs for Sierra Leone.

Carry the Light While Nabs is in Sierra Leone, he will join the CRC and Mercy for a special "Carry the Light" ceremony to honor Bishop Yambasu and ensure that his mission to "reach across the ocean for the love of God's children" continues. (Read these moving tributes to Bishop Yambasu.

Thank you for continuing to walk with us to rescue children and families from extreme poverty, so they can reach their God-given potential.
The Child Reintegration Centre delivers food to vulnerable families dealing with COVID impact
Several Child Reintegration Centre case managers traveled to Manguama village to distribute food to families that have been made more vulnerable by the economic slowdown affecting the entire nation. Manguama is one of the villages served by Mercy Hospital's medical outreach teams, and is also home to ten Child Reintegration Centre students. These families, who are among the most marginal in a predominantly poor population, have been struggling severely, as markets were closed and movement restricted to prevent the spread of COVID.   Read more
Sign the Global Pledge to support vulnerable children in families
HCW invites you to join us in signing the global church pledge to support children in families. Place your name alongside those of other supporters, including the late Bishop John Yambasu of Sierra Leone UMC, Rev. Olivia Fonnie of UMC SLAC Children’s Ministries and the Director of the Child Reintegration Centre, Rev. Tom Berlin of Floris UMC, Melody Curtiss, Laura Horvath, and Mohamed Nabieu of Helping Children Worldwide, Faith to Action, World Without Orphans, 1MillionHome, Global Child Advocates and many others. Sign the pledge.
CRC holds "Honoring God With Your Body" workshop for...

Sierra Leone has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. Teenage pregnancy reduces a girl's chances in life, often interfering with schooling, limiting opportunities, and placing girls at increased risk of child marriage, HIV...

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Mercy Hospital treats major causes of ill health in...

Sierra Leone has one of the highest burdens of malaria in the world, according to UNICEF. The country's entire population is at risk of the disease and it is one of Sierra Leone's leading causes of death and illness.

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CRC collaborates with Princess Project on reintegration...

As part of the CRC's Transition Coaching and Mentoring (TCM) initiative, the CRC invited representatives from the Princess Project and their implementing agency Love One Another to learn more about transitioning children from residential care to...

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HCW's "Million Dollar Tournament" a big success!
HCW's 2020 Probity-Peterson Golf Tournament raised more than $97,500 for vulnerable children and families in Sierra Leone. We are pleased to report that since launching in 2001, the annual golf tournament has cumulatively raised more than $1,000,000 for the Child Reintegration Centre and Mercy Hospital. Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, donors, volunteers, and golfers for making this event fun, inspiring, and successful!

Team photos and other pics from the day are available for viewing or download on the tournament webpage. Several silent auction items are still available, click here to place a bid.

This year's tournament was held at beautiful Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, VA. Contact us if you would like to be put on the mailing list for next year's tournament.
Are you ready to "GO FOR BO"? This year, Ebenezer UMC's 5K/1 Mile Fun Run is going virtual! Run or walk anytime between October 4-10 (more information when you register.) Go at your own speed, or compete for one of the prizes for the top 3 male and female finishers. Early registrants get a dri-fit race shirt. Register to participate or donate at the links below.
Update on UMVIM travel teams
Due to COVID, mission teams will not travel in 2020. We are hoping for a resumption of travel in 2021. In the meantime, the missions department is putting together opportunities for "virtual missions" to connect the CRC and Mercy with supporters in the US. Contact Linda Reinhard at [email protected] if you would like more information about virtual missions.
It's not too late to share the joy of Christmas with CRC students
We are still accepting donations for the CRC's annual Christmas party for all the students. Doesn't matter whether you sponsor a student or just want to share the joy, you can still make Christmas a special time for vulnerable children and youth. The annual party features a festive lunch, social time, music, and a Nativity play put on by the students themselves. Donate by clicking the green button below.
Let us run the race marked out for us

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."

Hebrews 12:1-2
Learn more about how the Child Reintegration Centre and Mercy Hospital are transforming the lives of vulnerable children and families in Sierra Leone:
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