"Dreams die slowly when opportunities are absent."

Promise Scholar Musa Massaquoi
CRC Promise Scholar Musa: "The CRC changed my life. "

Promise Scholar Musa Massaquoi, who recently graduated Njala University with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Social Work, credits the Child Rescue Centre with his success. "The CRC changed my life through their moral ethics and Christian values, helping me become obedient, dedicated, honest, open-mind, humble, and hardworking, both in academic and other facets of life," Musa says.

Musa lost his mother at a very young age and was raised by his father, a subsistence farmer, in a village near Bo. Education was always a problem, but he persevered through the obstacles posed by extreme poverty and achieved his dream of graduating from university.

Musa shared his story with CRC Case Manager Victor Kanu.
Musa Massaquoi recently graduated Njala University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
"Since I was schooling in the village, things were very challenging for me. I lost my mother when I was in Class 2. I continued to struggle until I sat to the National Primary School Examination (NPSE), wherein I scored very good grades." 

Mercy outreach staff rescues woman from postpartum complications
Mercy outreach staff members Mohamed Khadar and Ismael Vandy were on a community mapping exercise in some of the villages reached by Mercy when they intervened to save the life of a woman who had just given birth to a stillborn baby.  

The woman was walking the four miles to Kassama to seek medical treatment at the Maternal Child Health Post (MCHP). As she was walking, she began hemorrhaging and sought shelter in a hut by the side of the road. 
The Sierra Leone government mandates that each village should be within four miles of a Maternal Child Health Post like this one.
When Mohamed and Ismael encountered her, she was lying in a pool of blood and quickly losing consciousness. Mohamed immediately began treatment to stop the uterine bleeding and sent for help, which certainly saved the woman's life.   

HCW 2018 Annual Golf Tournament was a big success!
Thank you to everyone who sponsored a team, donated, came out to play, or volunteered last Monday, September 10th at the 17th Annual Helping Children Worldwide Golf Tournament.

The tournament raised more than $70,000 to support the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital.

Even though it rained for the first time in the history of the tournament, everyone had a great time and enjoyed a fun day of golf and fellowship.

The golf tournament committee was pleased to honor Manny Ordonez and Marcus Ordonez of Probity Inc as our Legacy Sponsors, for their long time generous support of the tournament.
Marcus Ordonez and Manny Ordonez of Probity Inc were honored as "Legacy Sponsors" of the HCW Annual Benefit Golf Tournament.
Mark your calendar for next year's tournament on Monday, September 9th 2019 and join us for "A Day of Fun for a Lifetime of Hope."

Click on the link below to view and download photos taken by the tournament photographer team, Gene Wiley and Lee Wigglesworth.
Join us for our Annual Bo-Tie Gala and Silent Art Auction

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM | National Press Club in Washington, DC

This year's gala will be held at the world-famous National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM.

You won't want to miss this elegant event and the opportunity to join friends and supporters to celebrate our shared mission to transform lives in Sierra Leone.

Entertainment will be provided by West African Dance Company KanKouran, and Bishop John Yambasu will offer the opening prayer. The keynote address will be by Dr. Shaun Casey, Director of the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. .

Tables and individual tickets are available for purchase now. Make your reservation today!
KanKouran West African Dance Troupe will provide lively entertainment at the Bo-Tie Gala.
2019 Mission Trips are open - apply today!
Join us in service at the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital in Sierra Leone in 2019. Projects may include medical work, staff training, and light construction. However, anyone with a heart for service is welcome to apply.

Age/Skill Level: Adults 18 and over only
Requirements: Passports and immunizations required.

All interest meetings will be held at 10 am on the date indicated at the HCW office in Chantilly, VA. Teleconference is available for those unable to attend in person.

Learn more about HCW mission trips or apply for a team by clicking on the link below.
Photo credit: Tina De Boeser

Travel Date: April 27 - May 11, 2019
Interest Meeting: Oct 13, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct 21, 2018

Travel Date: July 13 - July 27, 2019
Interest Meeting: Jan 26, 2019
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2019

Travel Dates: Oct 19 - Nov 2, 2019
Interest Meeting: Apr 27, 2019
Application Deadline: Apr 30, 2019
Click on the image above to download. For print copies, email:
Fall 2018 HCW Magazine is out
Have you seen our Fall Magazine? Click on the image at left to read or download. Stories in this issue:

  • "Mercy is a part of us now" A family thanks Mercy Hospital for saving their baby's life.
  • Malnutrition in Sierra Leone - What is Mercy Hospital doing about childhood malnutrition?
  • A mother's struggle - "I just want my children to be healthy and go to school."
  • A visit to Tikonko village
  • First Person: "The treasures of the church" by Pastor Jared Priset of Church of the Lakes UMC
  • A family made whole again - Paul Smith is reunited with his children for good.
Coming soon: Fudia's cookbook, "A Taste of Sierra Leone"
Fans of the Missionary Training Centre will be excited to learn that Helping Children Worldwide is publishing a cookbook of Fudia Ernest's delicious Sierra Leonean recipes, just in time for Christmas!

Stay tuned to learn how you can get a copy of the cookbook. Click on the image below for Fudia's Groundnut Stew Recipe .
Everyone loves Fudia's groundnut stew recipe.
Fudia Ernest is the legendary caretaker of the Missionary Training Centre in Sierra Leone. Her cuisine gets rave reviews from missioners and guests.
Did you know you can support Helping Children Worldwide through the Combined Federal Campaign?
Does your company or agency participate in the Combined Federal Campaign? You can support Helping Children Worldwide by joining the 2018 CFC Campaign. Click on the button below and search for us by name or number: Helping Children Worldwide or Charity # 44370 . Thank you for supporting us through the CFC!
Photo credit: Kim Nabieu
Prayer for the marginalized

For those deprived of their human needs ,
and their human rights:
that they may be given the dignity
which God confers on all his people;
We pray to the Lord:

For all who are forgotten or thrown away ,
and especially for the poor, the sick and the aged:
that God might change our hearts
and move us to love them as the image of Christ;
We pray to the Lord:

For all who are lonely or afraid ,
for teenagers on the street,
old people in nursing homes,
prisoners with no one to visit them,
and all whom the world has forgotten:
that Christ might lead us to them;
We pray to the Lord:

For all who are forgotten or cast off:
that we might value each human life,
as a priceless gift from God;

We pray to the Lord.