" And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." - Hebrews 13:16
Sierra Leone's Free Education Initiative
In August, newly-elected Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio announced the launch of the Free Quality Education Programme (FQEP) for 1.6 million primary and secondary children across Sierra Leone, with an increased budget allocation of 21% of the National Budget in August of this year, up from 12.5% in 2016. The first phase of the program went into effect on September 17th, and President Bio has said that the program will take five years to fully implement, though the government has committed to funding this program for at least 10 years. An FQEP Coordinator shared with Sierra Leone News that the government has paid tuition subsidies to over 4,000 schools amounting to 28 million leones.
Outreach patient delivers at Mercy Hospital
First-time mother Fanta Kargbo, was only 18 years old when she enrolled in Mercy Hospital’s Prenatal Program at one of the outreach team’s trips to her village in Bandajuma in July. Ever since then, she has attended each monthly outreach to check the progress of her pregnancy, and was encouraged to give birth at Mercy when the time came.
A New Kind of HCW Mission Trip:
May Vision Team 2019
Are you interested in participating in mission trip focused on learning and spiritual development? This new style of mission team is focused primarily on college students and young adults, but is open to anyone interested in learning more about international missions, service, and deepening your faith. Tentative travel dates are May 18 - June 1.

Join us for an interest meeting this Saturday, December 15th at 10 AM at the Helping Children Worldwide office at 14101 Parke Long CT, STE T, Chantilly, VA, or via Zoom (instructions below). Applications are due December 21, 2018.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/571096004

Or iPhone one-tap :
+16468769923,571096004# US (New York) or +16699006833,571096004# US (San Jose)

Or Telephone:
+1 646 876 9923 US (New York) or +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 571 096 004
2019 Mission Trips deadlines coming up soon
Have you thought about traveling to Sierra Leone with one of our UMVIM teams? The deadlines for the Spring and Summer 2019 teams are approaching. Apply today!

Travel Dates: May 18 - June 1, 2019
Interest Meeting: Dec 15, 2018, 10 AM
Application Deadline: Dec 21, 2018

Travel Dates: July 13 - July 27, 2019
Interest Meeting: Jan 26, 2019, 10 AM
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2019

Travel Dates: Oct 19 - Nov 2, 2019
Interest Meeting: Apr 27, 2019, 10 AM
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2019
There's still time to give a gift of hope!
A year ago, we challenged you to “Be the Light” for mothers, children and families living in extreme poverty. You responded with incredible generosity. We were blessed by your prayers, your presence, your advocacy, and your thoughtful donations. As we celebrate this Christmas season, we invite you to make a gift to Helping Children Worldwide so that we may continue to shine the light of God's love into the lives of the children of Sierra Leone in 2019.
We are grateful for all gifts, especially during this holiday season. Please keep in mind: donations mailed via USPS or other courier service must be post-marked December 31, 2018 or earlier to be deductible on 2018 taxes . Online donations must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on December 31, 2018.
Did you know that 91% of companies match employee charitable contributions at a 1:1 ratio? That means you can DOUBLE your impact by participating in your company's matching gift program! Year-end contributions are a great place to start and will help HCW, the Child Rescue Centre, Mercy Hospital, and the Missionary Training Centre make an even greater impact in Sierra Leone in 2019. Use our search engine to find out if your company has a matching gift program and get the process started today with the correct forms, guidelines, and instructions below.
Coming soon to a kitchen near you: Fudia's Cookbook! Be a part of the LAUNCH CAMPAIGN to publish and produce Fudia's Cookbook, which will feature a wonderful collection of recipes, photos, stories of life and culture of Sierra Leone, as well as the history of the Missionary Training Centre on the UMC Urban Campus Bo, and Helping Children Worldwide's mission in West Africa. 

All funds raised through sales of Fudia's Cookbook will support the care and maintenance of the MTC and the mission teams who travel to Sierra Leone through HCW.
Helping Children Worldwide is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
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