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Helping Children Worldwide

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Transforming communities by serving the world’s most vulnerable through education, health care, and spiritual growth.

Results:

Target demographics: vulnerable children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000

Geographic areas served: Sierra Leone

Programs: Helping Children Worldwide provides financial and operational support to the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital located in Bo, Sierra Leone. These life-changing programs provide services to the most vulnerable children and seek to break the crushing cycle of poverty. The Child Rescue Centre offers programs to children who struggle to survive in desperate situations of abject poverty and neglect. Without the protection of family or caring adults, these children are survivors of child labor, slavery, or trafficking, or are at great risk of becoming victims. Helping Children Worldwide has taken a comprehensive approach to addressing the problem of child labor and trafficking in Sierra Leone. The CRC Residential and Foster Care Programs provide stable, loving environments for previously homeless or at-risk children. Children as young as four years old have been rescued from dangerous, abusive, and neglectful situations. They are provided nutritious meals, health care, psychological care, and education. Each child in the CRC Residential Program receives professional trauma and behavioral health treatment with a full-time counselor on staff. The Child Support Program (CSP) is designed to prevent children from becoming victims of child labor by supporting families who previously could not have survived unless their children worked. The CSP provides school fees, school supplies, and health care so that children can focus on their education. Mercy Hospital provides emergency care, outpatient, and inpatient services to heal the sick and alleviate suffering. The hospital offers destitute care to those who are unable to afford treatment, and offers services for payment on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. No one is rejected for inability to pay. Mercy Hospital is also the primary care facility for the children in the Child Rescue Centre programs. Mercy Hospital's goal is to reduce infant and mortality in Sierra Leone, currently one of the highest rates in the world, through in-hospital care and community outreach. Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive prenatal and post partum care to women, both at Mercy Hospital and in the neighboring villages. The prenatal outreach team works collaboratively with community based health care workers and village midwives to increase the availability of trained attendants at deliveries outside the hospital. More than 500 pregnant women receive care every year.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Extremely well organized and run! Know how to get the biggest bang out of their bucks!
A joy to work with!

Joanna Hydrick B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Children Worldwide is an amazing organization that reaches out to children where they are and, with the help of their supporters, gives them the tools to learn, grow, and improve both their life circumstances and their communities. I am a proud supporter!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer researcher and donor, I have seen the drastic reduction in avaiable grants and size of individual donations in this economy. I feel that HCW, C4H and their supported nonprofits use every penny received to directly support or to develop partnerships to support their clients. Under HCW Mercy Hospital saw a 28% increase in patient admissions this year. Their maternity services and services to children expanded. 116 babies were delivered. Their community education programs reached 240 people. As the purpose and mission of the Child Rescue Centre continues to develop and expand to include child labor and victims of human trafficking, over 250 kids have been impacted by their programs. They offered residential support, community support, post secondary education and foster care to over 465 kids. They have the capacity to handle more incoming with a new prescriptive vision for their special needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has supported HCW for many years as both donors and volunteers. We believe in their mission, have seen them meet goals successfully, watched them sustain and grow their programs, assisted with their fundraising plan, and know that almost all money received goes directly into programs. This charity is one that we ask others to donate to in our honor instead of birthday or holiday gifts as alternative giving. We believe that the Board and staff do an admirable job of sustaining and expanding their mission, recruiting new partnerships, and using their resources effectively and efficiently. Their volunteers are dedicated, highly skilled and professionally matched to the project tasks.

Review from Guidestar

David H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent team help Children from Herndon, VA to Bo, Sierra Leone!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The dedicated folks at Helping Children Worldwide are a pleasure to work with and they are truly dedicated to their cause.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer with HCW and was also on the Board of Directors. In addition to my service on the Board, I have traveled to Sierra Leone three times to provide oversight for HCW's projects there and to help build the capacity of the professional staff that our Sierra Leonean partners employ. I am very impressed with HCW's management and oversight of the funds it raises. I believe it is a very cost-effective non-profit and that's why my family and I are glad to donate to HCW to help support its life-saving and life-changing work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've gone from a passive donor at church to an active member of the Board, and the more I learn about our work the more committed I becoming to seeing it expand and grow. The vision of a single United Methodist Church with a desire to help orphans in a country torn by civil war has grown into HCW, with its increasing network of partners and an expanding vision to help children and their families both domestically and internationally. The African Programs are doing amazing work to combat maternal and infant mortality and rescue children, limited only by resources. The Connection 4 Hope concept may someday be the model for non-profits to join together to provide services to the poor in a holistic, synergetic way. I can see the direct results of my time and financial support and know it is making a difference in the lives of children.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Children Worldwide is an AWESOME organization that does exactly what it says it does....help children. As a kindergarten teacher myself and as a mother and grandmother, nothing has been more importnant in my own life than children and their welfare. That is why I feel HCW is a stellar organization to carry on the work I feel is important. Their principles are sound and the investment is sure.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteer for Helping Children Worldwide and have traveled to the Child Rescue Center in Sierra Leone. I was impressed and inspired by the support this organization provides. The organization and its network of volunteers strives to bring dignity, respect, and empowerment to the people it serves. From health care to education this organization is making a difference at home and abroad. I also donate to this organization because I know my contributions are fully dedicated to the mission and people it was created to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen first-hand the results of HCW's work, its demonstrable value, and most importantly, the return on donors’ investments. HCW uses a balanced, holistic approach in addressing basic human needs, and in its work to relieve human pain and suffering. In a very focused manner, it helps those abandoned and hurting, whether it’s the orphan from a tragic civil war, a new born or the new mother facing one of the highest mortality rates in the world, or a child who lacks the necessary vocational skills or formal education necessary to escape from a future that promises only more poverty, pain, and suffering. From end-to-end and top to bottom, HCW as an organization is accountable, transparent, and effective in its delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing, and life-sustaining services. HCW’s organizational DNA is unique, and is what distinguishes it from other organizations. Composed of life-changing eternal values and principles, HCW’s DNA reflects the best that humankind has to offer.

Review from Guidestar

Jeanette M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping Children Worldwide does exactly what is implied in the name. It's resources are used to share love, care and compassion to those in need stretching to the far corners of the Earth. I am a nurse and have traveled and served with this organization. I have had the opportunity to give immunizations, provide "urgent care" services as part of a medical team, and am about to see first hand the progress of their hospital, orphanage, nutrition program and other programs as I travel back to Africa. (This is my fourth trip.) I always look forward to volunteering my time and resources to such a dedicated non-profit.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization. They help both the local neighborhood and the world community. They focus on children and family at risk. It's an honor to serve such a wonderful organization.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Totally dedicated to serving others.
Totally trustworthy with all funds.
Provides the needest people in Sierra Leone with hope, compassion, and an opportunity to grow into a leader for their family, community and their country.
If you are looking for a way to serve other, to be one of those "thousand points of light" - my friend, this is an organization that deserves your time, talnet and treasure.
Peace be with you!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping Children Worlwide (HCW) is making an incredible difference in the lives of the most vulnerable infants, children, and adults in Sierra Leone, Africa. HCW’s dedicated volunteers serve with passion and sacrifice. Several of the volunteers have stepped away from secure employment to devote time to this dedicated organization. I have had the pleasure to see the love offered to those in need in Sierra Leone and to fellow volunteers. It is an honor serve within HCW.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Helping Children Worldwide stays true to their mission always. They truly do provide hope and compassion, not only to the children, but also to their families and communities -- one by one. Their focus is exactly where it should be, and I am honored and privileged to support their efforts.

Review from Guidestar

Cynthia H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a relatively small and nimble non-profit, Helping Children Worldwide is making a remarkable difference for impoverished children in the world. Leveraging a passionate and engaged volunteer base and a highly dedicated staff, HCW ensures that dollars donated are spent where they are most needed, and that information is readily available to donors. There is high value placed on integrity, transparency and outcomes.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with Helping Children worldwide through our church and have had the privilege to meet many of the people that work diligently with the organization. I have seen some of the children grow up and begin their studies at college. What a blessing to know that I can make a difference in the lives of children half way around the world!

Patty M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HCW provides hope and quality services to vulnerable infants, children and adults in Sierra Leone, West Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world, through the local Child Rescue Centre's and Mercy Hospital's in house and community programs.

Review from Guidestar

Laura H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of working with the folks at Helping Children Worldwide in their efforts to support an orphanage and hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone for many years. HCW's work has save the lives of thousands of people who otherwise would have gone without medical care, and provides education, financial support and HOPE to hundreds of children.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HCW is a charity that provides hope and inspiration both locally and internationally. This is a well-run, highly organized charity that is committed to donor integrity and excellent stewardship of funds.
I have personally witnessed the amazing work that has changed the lives of people and children in Sierra Leone.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Working thru Helping Children Worldwide, I'm sponsoring a student who was originally educated at the Sierra Leone Child Rescue Center to continue his education at the University level. He is aspiring to become a doctor in a country sorely in need of trained medical personnel. The Helping Children Worldwide support network is enabling this young man to realize his dreams and he will, at the completion of his education, give back in a very meaningful way to help his country.