Growing Leaders, Saving Lives annual Report 2012
2012 In Review Helping Children Worldwide PARTNER CHURCHES Braddock Street UMC Winchester, VA
In 2012, Helping Children Worldwide’s African Programs touched the lives of nearly 10,000 people providing hope and healing to “the least of these” in Sierra Leone. Last year, through the work of the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital,
Dulin UMC Falls Church, VA
Children were welcomed into loving homes and given the opportunity to attend school (some for the first time)
Orphans pursued university degrees in engineering, public health, and medicine
Former street children received valuable vocational skills in construction, tailoring and catering
Malnourished toddlers received life-saving nutritional supplementation
Mothers gave birth to healthy babies assisted by trained healthcare workers
Ebenezer UMC Stafford, VA
First UMC Colleyville, TX
Floris UMC Herndon, VA
Galilee UMC Sterling, VA
Oakton UMC Oakton, VA
Osterville UMC Osterville, MA
Child Rescue Centre Program Overview Helping Children Worldwide has taken a comprehensive approach to addressing the problem of child labor and trafficking in Sierra Leone. The Child Rescue Centre has brought in children as young as four years old who have been rescued from dangerous, abusive, and neglectful situations. They are provided nutritious meals, health care, and education, as well as professional trauma and behavioral health treatment with a full-time staff counselor. Helping Children Worldwide is also proactively working to prevent children from becoming victims of child labor by supporting families who previously could not have survived unless their children worked. The Child Rescue Centre provides school fees, school supplies, and health care so that children can focus on their education.
River Road UMC* Richmond, VA
St. Matthew’s UMC Richmond, VA
St. Stephen’s UMC Burke, VA
St. Thomas UMC Manassas VA
Woodlake UMC Midlothian, VA
The life-changing programs of Helping Children Worldwide provide services to alleviate suffering, heal the sick, protect the most vulnerable children, and break the crushing cycle of poverty.
*Joined in 2013
59% of children in Sierra Leone are engaged in child labor
Mercy Hospital Growing Leaders: Sallay’s Story Sallay was just three years old when her mother died. Her father was elderly and ill, which prevented him from being able to care for his daughter. Consequently, Sallay was forced into the markets where she would trade and beg for daily subsistence for herself and her father. At this very young age, Sallay was facing an uncertain future with the very real dangers of child labor, illiteracy, and illness looming. Through partnership with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Social Welfare, the Child Rescue Centre identified Sallay as a candidate for the Foster Care Program. Today, she lives with Zainab, a teacher, who loves her foster child like her own. Zainab explains, “People said Sallay was dull, but I know she can work hard and succeed if I help her.” They did work hard, and she did succeed. Sallay even has a chalkboard out on her front porch where they practice every day.
Program Overview Mercy Hospital’s mission is to achieve a measurable and sustainable decrease in the infant and maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone by providing holistic, community focused care, regardless of ability to pay. In its sixth year of operation, the hospital continues to provide emergency care, outpatient, and inpatient services to heal the sick and alleviate suffering. Mercy Hospital works collaboratively through community outreach to surrounding villages, providing programs focused on malaria treatment and prevention; HIV/AIDS awareness and education, testing, and counseling; nutrition clinics for children under five years old; and prenatal care. The Prenatal Program has grown nearly 100% over the past two years, treating more than 500 women in 2012.
In Sierra Leone, each child gets ranked at the end of the year. Sallay’s elementary school class had over 80 kids (yes, really) and Sallay ranked 17th! Sallay and her mom have turned ‘dull’ into a shining success.
Most girls in Sierra Leone leave school by
15 mainly because of pregnancy.
Maternal mortality in Africa is
100 times higher than in the developed world.
Saving Lives: Nutrition Outreach Many families in Sierra Leone are barely able to grow enough food to feed themselves - let alone produce extra to sell at the market for income so malnutrition is rampant, especially among the children.
HELPING CHILDREN WORLDWIDE 2012 INCOME CATEGORIES
Malnutrition is the single greatest cause of child mortality in Sierra Leone, and the children who grow up chronically malnourished often suffer from reduced growth rates, vitamin deficiencies which prevent brain and motor skill development, weakened immune systems, and a loss of energy and capacity to learn and play. Mercy Hospital’s Nutrition Program monitors and cares for more than 1000 children through twice-monthly nutrition clinics. The Nutrition Program is saving lives, like those of 15-month old twins, Mayiteh and Sento. When they arrived at the clinic, neither child was able to walk. Weighing just 9.2 lbs and 9.4 lbs each, their leg muscles were not sufficiently developed to support their own weight. The twins have received supplemental feeding and regular monitoring at Mercy Hospital. At a recent visit, they each weighed more than 13 pounds and they were walking!
1 in 5 Sierra Leonean children will not live to see their fifth birthday.
SPECIAL EVENTS 2%
CORPORATIONS 11% CHURCHES 37%
helping children worldwide 2012 expenses
even modest gifts have big impact
PROVIDES MEDICAL CARE FOR A CHILD AT MERCY HOSPITAL
SAVES A MOTHER’S LIFE BY PROVIDING A TRAINED BIRTH ATTENDANT
FEEDS EVERY CHILD AT THE CHILD RESCUE CENTRE FOR A DAY PAYS FOR ONE YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL
2012 Financial Overview Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets UNRESTRICTED
SUPPORT AND REVENUE Contributions and foundation grants
Special events Less: Cost of direct donor benefit
UMVIM volunteer funds
Net assets released from restrictions
TOTAL SUPPORT AND REVENUE
Volunteers In Mission Helping Children Worldwide owes much of its success in achieving life-changing impacts at the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital to its volunteers who generously give of their time and talents. Some volunteers choose to become involved in supporting the Child Rescue Centre and Mercy Hospital through participation on program teams, special task forces, or events here in the United States. Others are called to travel to Sierra Leone to serve on a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team. In 2012, Helping Children Worldwide sent 27 Volunteers in Mission to Sierra Leone.
(13,294) 69,714 12,485
EXPENSES Program services: Child Rescue Centre
UMVIM volunteer trips
Support services: Management and general
Changes in net assets
Net assets, beginning of year
NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR
Please note that Connections for Hope revenues and expenses have been removed from the Statement of Activities. If you wish to receive a full financial report, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizational Transitions In 2012 Helping Children Worldwide went through a transition with its Connections for Hope program, and ultimately divested those programs to enable them to develop under the support of local non-profits and with governmental support. Our successful partnership with the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic, which enabled the clinic to thrive and expand, led to an offer to join the Loudon Community Health Center to create HealthWorks for Northern Virginia. The clinic has now been able to expand their reach to serve more patients in our area. Helping Children Worldwide also demonstrated with Connections for Hope the benefits of providing â€œwrap-aroundâ€? social services with a medical clinic. Fairfax County is now incorporating that concept into operations in Herndon and understands that providing such services requires a strong public-private partnership. Reston Interfaith absorbed the Connections for Hope concept and now serves as the resource center for Just Neighbors, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, and Vecinos Unidos, among other programs. We celebrate that Helping Children Worldwide was central to promoting the model of creating a community center to serve under-resourced children and families in Northern Virginia.
The UN Development Index ranked Sierra Leone among the bottom ten countries again in 2012. A majority of the population lives below the international poverty line of $1 per day. In this situation, children are the most vulnerable. Give a gift and change a life today.
Ready for an experience of a lifetime? Go to Sierra Leone with an Helping Children Worldwide sponsored United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team. An UMVIM trip is much more than a two-week journey to a foreign land. It is a transforming, life-inspiring experience.
Connect to the work we do and the children we help through the various volunteer opportunities and events at Helping Children Worldwide. We rely upon the support of our partners and volunteers throughout the year, both locally and abroad.
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