February 2017 Newsletter
Transforming communities by serving vulnerable children and families 
through education, health care and spiritual mentoring.

UMC Hospitals in Sierra Leone 
Adopt New Data Collection Tool
Mercy Hospital staff collect critical data on mothers and babies who receive care at outreach clinics.

In November of 2016, Mercy hired its first Progammes Statistician, Ishmael Vandi.  Working closely with Ishmael and the leadership at Mercy Hospital, HCW's Development Manager, Meghan Sharon, helped to develop a robust data collection tool, which Mercy rolled out in January.  

The UMC Health Board was so impressed with the data collection system that they have adopted the tool for use across all of the UMC health facilities in Sierra Leone.

HCW Finance Manager Conducts Successful Program Audit
In her free time, HCW Finance Manager Cynthia Grant found time to visit the Child Rescue Centre students sponsored by her family.

Helping Children Worldwide's Finance Manager, Cynthia Grant, just returned from a two-week trip to Bo, where she focused on auditing the finances of both Mercy Hospital and the Child Rescue Centre.  We are pleased to report that the CRC has good protocols in place for maintaining proper financial documentation and following best practices. 

Cynthia was also able to oversee the final steps in transitioning Mercy Hospital to QuickBooks, which will help with efficiency and cost containment.   Mercy is making great strides towards streamlining processes and establishing best financial practices.   

Quarterly Partnership Meeting
Please join us for the next Quarterly Partnership Meeting on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m., when we will share important program updates on the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital.

Primary host site:

Helping Children Worldwide office
14101 Parke Long CT, STE T
Chantilly, VA 20151
(2nd floor above Design House Kitchens)

If you can't attend one of the meetings in person, you may call in to the meeting via WebEx conference call.

There are so many exciting things happening in our programs - please join us to hear about how God is working through the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital!

In this Newsletter
Child Rescue Centre Launches Microfinance Program Pilot
Child Support Program Manager David Musa teaches the Microfinance Program to parents of CRC students.

During a recent reassessment of all children enrolled in the Child Rescue Centre programs, the CRC learned of a small subset of families whose financial situation is particularly difficult.  The parents of these families were invited to apply to become part of a Microfinance Program Pilot that launched earlier this month.  

Twenty-eight participants attended the first class on February 10th.  Participants will learn about budgeting, entrepreneurship and business management over a three-phase, 10 month program, concluding with a capstone project to demonstrate what they have learned.    

Imagine No Malaria Provides Medication Grant  

Malaria is a common illness in Sierra Leone, and many people have built up a resistance to the drug most commonly prescribed.  Through a six-month grant, all United Methodist Health facilities in Sierra Leone, including Mercy, will be provided, free-of-charge, with a new malaria medication to distribute through the hospital and outreach programs.  

The bulk of those treated are children under five, but test kits and medications will be given to anyone in need, including children and adults based on patient statistics collected at each facility.   

SIP & SHOP - A Fun & Fashionable Way to Support Helping Children Worldwide

Join us from 2PM-5:30 PM on Saturday, April 22 at Lord & Taylor in Dulles Town Center for the fashion event of the season.  This catered event will feature wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a DJ.  Relax and watch the latest trends come down the runway.  After the show, you can try on the styles you like and enjoy 20% off your purchases.  
All proceeds benefit Helping Children Worldwide.

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