I have been sponsoring a Child Rescue Centre student since 2017 and I love exchanging letters with my student. I feel like I am truly making a difference in the life of a vulnerable child.
This outstanding organization is curious and nibble enough to seek out and develop new best practices for serving the most at risk mothers and children in Sierra Leone.
Helping Children Worldwide really does make a difference in the lives of people who live in one of the poorest countries of the world. Why can I make this claim? Because I know a young man who was brought in off the streets as a young child by HCW, educated, then hired as the Director of Rescue Center (who rescued HIM off the streets), and now is in the USA as an employee of HCW, continuing the work of helping the most vulnerable. Oh, and he is our son-in-law!!
I first got involved with Helping Children Worldwide (HCW) in December of 2010. That is when, my then 18 year old daughter, asked me to go on a mission trip to Bo, Sierra Leone. (How can a mother refuse when a teenager asks to do something which helps others in one of the poorest countries in the world?). We went to teach Vacation Bible School to about 40 children who were living at the Child Rescue Center (CRC). Some of these children were orphans from the Civil War, and some had been children that were "rescued" from horrible life situations. This trip changed our family's lives.
HCW supports not only the CRC, but also Mercy Hospital. Mercy Hospital treats anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. The staff at HCW works tirelessly to provide the best for those they support in Bo. The organization is transparent, and one can be assured that every dollar that is donated or raised for HCW is used for transforming lives in Sierra Leone.
Fast forward 7 1/2 years. My daughter is now employed by HCW, and has been living and working in Bo, Sierra Leone...a journey that started with that December, 2010 mission trip. If you want to make a difference in lives in a place such as Bo Sierra Leone, be assured that by getting involved with or donating to HCW, you WILL make that difference!
What a blessing Helping Children Worldwide is us. It has given us an opportunity to sponsor a beautiful little girl in India whose spirit and grace shine through to us in every drawing she creates and note she writes to us. We look forward to the amazing correspondence that flows to us from her and the additional opportunities made known to us by HCW to enrich her life. The organization facilitates the establishment of a loving and trusting relationship between us and allows us to fulfill Christ's commandment to love one another. My husband and I lost his granddaughter to a sudden illness last fall, making our sponsored child even more important to us. We think of her as our granddaughter, too.
I believe the HCW staff and their partners in Bo, are indeed the small group of caring people that Margaret Meade said can change the world!
It is an honor to support their efforts.
Helping Children Worldwide provides great support to meet the local needs of some of the poorest communities in the world!
Excellent team help Children from Herndon, VA to Bo, Sierra Leone!
Helping Children Worldwide’s specific mission in Bo, Sierra Leone has been literally saving and changing lives in this community and in the communities that support them...they do more with less because what’s not covered is covered by the heart of the organization and the blessings of a mighty and gracious God.
Helping Children Worldwide is making a huge difference in the lives of the most vulnerable children and their families in Sierra Leone, and the most important difference they are making is helping kids stay in school, instead of dropping out to work to support their families. I sponsor two teenage girls and often receive updates from them, which assure me that they are making progress and getting an education. They have big goals and dreams!
I've made two trips to Sierra Leone as a volunteer now and have been so impressed with the impact that HCW continues to make. My experiences have been nothing but positive and have contributed to my commitment to this work and the people of Sierra Leone who are supported by HCW. I've enjoyed working with the staff of HCW in preparing for mission trips, and look forward to opportunities to stay involved in the future.
Helping Children Worldwide is doing amazing things in Sierra Leone, Africa, one of the poorest countries in the world, through the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital. The country is being changed one child at a time. There are now over 600 children in the Child Rescue Centre Program that keeps and supports the children in school as well as providing shelter, food to eat, medical care and spiritual mentoring instead of living on the streets and involved in child labor. The children are staying in school and graduating from high school, university and vocational programs. Mercy hospital was started to provide medical care for all so that preventable illness and deaths can indeed be prevented! My first mission trip to Sierra Leone was in 2008. I will be leaving for my seventh trip this year. I am excited each trip to see the progress in this country, one child at a time! When you donate and support Helping Children Worldwide, your money is going to these programs, bringing hope and a future to a nation.
I am getting ready to take my 3rd trip to Bo, Sierra Leone with Helping Children Worldwide. As a volunteer, I have been able to participate in and witness first-hand the life-saving and life-changing work of HCW in Sierra Leone. When you work with or support HCW, you can be sure that your funds are going exactly where they need to go and the work will be well thought out, intentional and prayed over!
Extremely well organized and run! Know how to get the biggest bang out of their bucks!
A joy to work with!
I supported HCW for years based on its mission, and then I took my first trip to Sierra Leone and saw in person the work they support-the CRC and Mercy Hospital. I've been on three trips, the last one a month ago. The work done by our partner, the Sierra Leone united Methodist church, is amazing. With our support they care for children and families in one of the poorest countries. It is a great mission and run with financial integrity. I am blessed to support them with my time and money.
The money goes to the field, directly to helping the people in Sierra Leone -- very limited administrative overhead. They are making such a difference for women and families. Gaining a greater number of successful births, reducing hunger, getting children through school, and supporting the families to ensure success. This successfully brings young people into the economy and increases the contribution to their community. This is the way to break the cycle of poverty. They take the Mercy staff into the villages to reach women, children and families that would have no other access to treatment for malaria, malnutrition and other diseases.
Focusing on the health and education of the women, and surrounding the family to succeed is the key to success for over 17 years.
I've been a volunteer with Helping Children Worldwide for a number of years. The work of HCW impacts lives in tangible ways. From offering free hospital care and supporting children and families, to providing micro-financing so that folks in the local community can start a business--HCW's mission is to serve and support vulnerable populations and they do an amazing job. I'm so grateful for the work that HCW does in Sierra Leone.
I have been donating to Helping Children worldwide for 12 years because of their integrity of funds- money goes to serve the programs and people they support. They have a strong relationship with their in country partner and really care about the people in need. They are small enough to be directly involved in the work. Its a great group of people who are passionate about what they do.
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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