Abu Bakkar's family encourages his recovery

" Don’t worry, you are going to get well soon ."

Abu Bakarr Kanu has made excellent progress in his recovery from severe burns he suffered in March of 2017. Since that time, Mercy Hospital has been committed to his care and recovery. Abu Bakarr lived for months at Mercy Hospital, so that he could receive around the clock care. Additionally, The Child Rescue Centre provided weekly counseling sessions to help him cope with the healing process.

Abu Bakarr and his brothers Yahyah and Mohamed were officially enrolled in the Child Rescue Centre, and last fall Abu was able to move home with his brothers, uncle and grandmother. Shortly afterwards, he went back to school at Kulanda Town Primary School.

Abu Bakarr loves school, and is getting good grades. His best subjects are English and mathematics, and he spends a lot of time studying for both. His best friend in school is named Brian, and they are also in the same class. Brian and Abu Bakarr love to play and read together. 

Abu Bakarr's brothers continue to encourage him in his recovery, telling him often, “don’t worry, you are going to get well soon.”
Abu Bakarr's grandmother, uncle and brothers are happy to have him home again.
Mercy's operating suite will enable the hospital to perform cesarean and other surgeries.
Mercy Hospital operating suite expansion nears completion

Though progress on construction came to a halt during the recent presidential elections in Sierra Leone, the finishing touches are at last being completed on the expansion at Mercy Hospital. 

The electrical wiring and three air conditioners have been installed. These units are a critical part of keeping patients and doctors comfortable and safe during surgical procedures. 

The remaining items to be completed are primarily cosmetic; finishing the ceilings, installing light fixtures, covering pipes, installing doors for the operating rooms, finishing the ramp, and completing the waiting area.
HCW Director Melody Curtiss visits her sponsored child

It was a joyous occasion when HCW Executive Director Melody met the Child Rescue Centre student sponsored by her family during her recent trip to Sierra Leone. Sponsor A Child Coordinator Joseph Junisa (JJ) took Melody, First UMC of Colleyville Associate Pastor Katie Lewis, and HCW Board Chair Rob Duston to the home of Aminata to meet her and her family.

For only $25 a month, sponsors help a vulnerable child go to school, receive healthcare, and have hope for the future. Join Melody and transform the life of a vulnerable child or youth in Sierra Leone.
Aminata, in the pink shirt, her mom and sister were overjoyed to meet sponsor Melody.
Sponsors - how would you like to meet your CRC student?

Imagine the smile on the face of your Child Rescue Centre student when you meet for the first time! Join us for a Sponsor A Child focused trip, tentatively scheduled for October 2nd - 11th, 2018.

We will visit the kids we sponsor, share group activities like a sports day and letter writing event, and go on a medical outreach with the team from Mercy Hospital. You'll meet the dedicated Child Rescue Centre staff and learn how they are transforming the lives of children and their families in Sierra Leone.

Join us for an interest meeting June 2nd at 10AM, by teleconference or at the HCW office in Chantilly, VA to learn how you can be a part of this team.

Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend the interest meeting, and we will send you more information.
It's almost here! Refresh your soul at A Gift for Her (dessert included!)

Get your tickets today for "A Gift for Her," Saturday May 5th at Crossroads UMC in Ashburn, an event for women to benefit Helping Children Worldwide. The event features:

  • Gift4U marketplace of local artisans and small businesses
  • Dessert buffet with treats from Cafe Schumann, Teapot and Cake, and The Sweet Elephant Bake Shop
  • Music and inspiration by Dove Award artists Point of Grace.
Prayer for the poor and needy

Lord God,
You came to give honor to the least, those forgotten, overlooked and misjudged.
You came to give first place to the last, those left behind, misunderstood and undervalued.
You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, those who are orphaned, abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears to listen to their cries.
Help us to be your voice speaking out love and acceptance.
Help us to be your feet walking beside those in need.
Help us to be your hands to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.
Lord, hear our prayer.