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Helping Children Worldwide

Transforming lives, strengthening communities

aka The Child Rescue Centre, Child Reintegration Centre, Mercy Hospital   |   Chantilly, VA   |  www.helpingchildrenworldwide.org

Mission

Building trusted relationships with mission sustaining partners, and collaborating with international program partners to transform communities and tackle the greatest barriers to their sustainable futures: poverty, disease illiteracy, and despair.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Ms. Melody Curtiss

Main address

14101 Parke Long Court, Suite N

Chantilly, VA 20151 USA

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EIN

76-0729857

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helping Children Worldwide is strengthening communities in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, by providing vulnerable children and their families with opportunities for education, health care, and mentoring. The programs of Helping Children Worldwide are especially focused on education, family stability, maternal and infant mortality, and childhood malnutrition. By partnering with local government and child advocacy organizations in Sierra Leone, we help children and families stability and self-sufficiency. NGOs like Helping Children Worldwide (HCW) work at the grassroots level, but often disconnected from others around the world doing similar work. HCW’s Global Advocacy seeks to connect with practitioners around the globe to exchange knowledge and to create broader awareness of the work on the ground. We believe that we have a responsibility to advocate on the policy level, and to work in coalitions to build networks of solidarity among other global actors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Child Reintegration Centre

Originally launched in 2000 as a street feeding program during the Sierra Leone civil war, the Child Reintegration Centre (CRC and former Child Rescue Centre) now serves more than 600 extremely vulnerable children, youth, and their families through education support, medical care and mentoring. The CRC works with local communities to reintegrate children living separate from parental care, supports family integrity and stability through a microfinance program for the most economically distressed families, and provides graduates of secondary school with the opportunity to pursue university degrees or vo-tech education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Mercy Hospital in Bo, Sierra Leone, is a 25 bed primary care hospital that provides care regardless of ability to pay. It opened in October, 2007 and now serves over 10,000 patients a year in one of the poorest countries in the world. Mercy Hospital provides vital medical care and treatment to women and children living in rural villages surrounding the city of Bo through its weekly village outreach program.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

HCW's Global Advocacy mission is to lead and engage in policy conversations with other leaders within the global community in order to exchange knowledge, research and best practices in child welfare and public health.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Health

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Global Social Service Workforce Alliance 2018

Christian Alliance for Orphans 2022

Standards of Excellence 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth

Related Program

Child Reintegration Centre

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Child Reintegration Centre provides access to education, healthcare, and resources that lift extremely vulnerable families with school age children out of poverty and crisis.

Number of families graduated microfinance program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Child Reintegration Centre

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The CRC taught small business and budgeting strategies to families enrolled in the program, and provided them with a microloan to start or improve a small business.

Number of villages served by medical outreach

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mercy Hospital

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Mercy Hospital serves villages and communities without access to medical services through mobile medical outreach.

Number of pregnant women receiving early and adequate prenatal care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mercy Hospital

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Mercy Hospital provided prenatal care to women through in-hospital and mobile outreach clinics.

Number of people tested and treated for malaria

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mercy Hospital

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mercy Hospital tested and treated children and adults for malaria.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Educate children and youth, encouraging them to stay in school and achieve their full potential.
Focus on girls, who are at greater risk of dropping out of school.
Encourage each student to pursue a vocation that will make them employable and contributing members of their community.
Raise up servant leaders who will transform their nation of Sierra Leone.
Reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate, and provide quality medical care to anyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.
Help families stay together and become financially independent and self-sufficient.
Advocate for the adoption of best practices.
Provide technical expertise to help build replicable programs.
Establish networks and participate in collaboration and dialogue with other global leaders.
Engage in the larger development community regarding issues of education, child welfare and healthcare.

The CRC provides financial support to cover school tuition, education supplies, healthcare, counseling and spiritual guidance. Particularly vulnerable families may be provided additional food support, and access to microfinance training and small business micro-loans, as well as parenting workshops and family counseling support.
Mercy Hospital provides care to patients both at the 25-bed hospital, and utilizing a robust community-based outreach program to deliver healthcare to people unable to get access any other way, with a special focus on maternal and infant survival.
HCW hosts an annual policy conference drawing participants from around the world, serves on Advisory Councils at USAID, Faith to Action and the Better Care Network, submits publications and presentations at national and international conferences, and participates in global public health and child welfare coalitions for the exchange of ideas, tools and best practices. By doing so, we add to the’ knowledge base to strengthen the safety net for all those we serve around the globe.

We partner with the United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone and coordinate with in-country leadership at both Mercy Hospital and the Child Reintegration Centre to ensure that solutions fit into the larger context of the community in which these programs are located. Helping Children Worldwide measures program impact through robust monitoring and evaluation designed not only to assess impact, but to also provide feedback that ensures that programs continue to thrive and grow. We provide accountability and transparency to donors invested in our work through regular reporting mechanisms.
We are members of CAFO, Transform Alliance Africa, 1MILLIONHOME National Accelerators, Faith to Action Advisory Network, USAID Care Leaders Council. We also partner with universities and other international organizations including Strengthening Families and Children, World Without Orphans, Changing the Way We Care, Lumos, Maestral, Ekisa, Cherish Uganda, and Collective Calling.

Over 800 children are receiving access to healthcare and education, including 40 student currently in post-secondary programs. More than 13,000 patients have received quality healthcare through Mercy Hospital in the past year. The Child Reintegration Centre plans to increase efforts to reintegrate children living separate from parental care into safe and loving families and to ensure permanence through case management. Additionally, the CRC plans to expand the impact of its family strengthening programming (including microfinance and attachment training) to more families in Bo and beyond, and to train other organizations in reintegration, case management and family strengthening.

Mercy Hospital will continue to focus on reducing the infant/maternal mortality rate. The addition of two operating rooms completed in 2019 have made it possible to provide Cesarean-sections to women in need, as well as providing other surgical interventions not otherwise available to those who cannot afford treatment at other facilities. In 2022 18 successful c-sections were performed in the Mercy operating theatre. Additionally, Mercy is studying its outreach program so as not to duplicate efforts of other organizations, seeking to refine its service area to underserved and remote villages where people have no access to doctors, hospitals or clinics.

HCW recently hosted its fourth annual policy conference, shared research on orphanage transitions among global child welfare organizations, and developed and shared tools for churches and other organizations to educate and advocate for transition to family-based missions. HCW has developed and launched a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to health care in low resource environments. This group is called Together for Global Health and represents people working in health care in 16 different countries. The Table Fellowship for Church Congregations was so successful, HCW launched a version for young adults which is in use at university events. HCW began a podcast called Optimistic Voices, to begin dialogues with experts in the fields of child welfare, global health, and effective mission deployment.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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Helping Children Worldwide

Board of directors
as of 08/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rick Auman

EVP, Consulting Services Health Companies International

Term: 2020 - 2023

Craig Hiserman

Retired

D. Paul Monteiro

Howard University

Alan Larson

Covington & Burling

Carol McIntosh

Grenada Ministry of Health

Mary Ann Gilkeson

Pam Piester

CATHEXIS

Francis Conteh

DSA Development SL Ltd

Allan Ballenger

Floris UMC

Gene Murphy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data