MOPS Moms Helping Moms of Sierra Leone

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VIDEO: MOPS mom Ginna Steele shares about her trip. Watch it here.

VIDEO: MOPS mom Ginna Steele shares about her trip.
Watch it here.

For the first time ever, MOPS is focusing their global outreach on one community.

Over the next several months, MOPS moms across the country are rising up together for the moms and children of Sierra Leone. Together, our impact will save lives of the most vulnerable – pregnant and breast feeding women, and children under age 5.

The Pejeh-Sowa area in Sierra Leone
Ranked 180th out of 182 countries on the Human Development Index, Sierra Leone is one of the world’s poorest countries. More than 70 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The World Food Program estimates that about 40 percent of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnourishment. In the Pejeh-Sowa community, there are more than 9,000 women of childbearing age and more than 7,200 acutely malnourished preschoolers.

What can MOPS moms do for mothers living in poverty who desperately need to feel the love and hope of Jesus? Choose to help one or more moms today and then tell others in your group to join you! Let’s start a movement of moms helping moms.

Women in Sierra Leone. Photo: © 2012 Jonathan Bundu/World Vision

Women in Sierra Leone.
Photo: © 2012 Jonathan Bundu/World Vision

$20 = acute care for 1 malnourished preschooler

$50 = life-saving nutrition education, seeds, and vegetable gardening training for 1 mom

$100 = tools for a community health worker to treat 2 moms and their households

Will you help one mom today? Give a gift at worldvision.org/mops.
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More about Sierra Leone

sierra-leone-map-e1376518500718In Sierra Leone, a generation is dying before its time. Average life expectancy is just 47 years (UNICEF, State of the World’s Children, 2012). One of many factors shortening lives in Sierra Leone is a lack of access to healthcare, especially among those most vulnerable to illness— pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under age 5. Often they are vulnerable not because their immune systems are suppressed, but because they are powerless to act on their own health needs.

Sierra Leone recently passed gender laws upholding women’s rights. Wife-beating is now a criminal offense, women can inherit property, and girls can’t be forced into early marriage. But despite the new laws, women continue to be deprived of their basic rights—safety, equality, and education—and denied a voice in decisions that affect their health and the health of their children.

In many rural communities, customary laws are firmly entrenched. Women are considered the property of their husbands, a status that has grave implications for their health and well-being. They have neither the decision-making power nor the financial resources to access healthcare. When a woman’s husband dies, she passes to his relatives along with his other possessions and she does not have the right to control healthcare decisions affecting her or her children. If a woman refuses to go to her husband’s family, she and her children are abandoned without resources.

What is World Vision doing in Sierra Leone?

A World Vision community health worker meets with a new mother. Photo: 2014 World Vision

A World Vision community health worker meets with a new mother.
Photo: 2014 World Vision

World Vision is addressing the underlying causes of poor health from a holistic standpoint—building sustainable, community-led healthcare systems, while at the same time building up women and empowering them to take charge of their health.

In October 2012, World Vision launched the Sierra Leone Health Access Improvement (AIM High) project in the Pejeh and Sowa chiefdoms of Pujehun district. To increase healthcare coverage in Pejeh-Sowa, the project will train community health workers in every village—one for every 20 households. They will go out into their communities to identify malaria, diarrhea, and malnutrition; counsel pregnant women; and spread the word about simple, effective health interventions.

Read about the Sierra Leone Health Access Improvement project.
Read the February 2014 project report.

Donate to the World Vision project in Sierra Leone

Please consider joining with us and the people of Pejeh-Sowa to build a strong, sustainable healthcare network that reaches even the most remote villages. Give a gift at worldvision.org/mops.

Sponsor a child through World Vision

For $35 a month, you can help change a child’s life and community. You’ll get to see and feel the difference your support makes, through the eyes of your sponsored child and their letters and photographs. Every year, you’ll also receive an annual progress report with a new photo of your sponsored child and details about the progress that your child is making, as well as a newsletter of accomplishments in his or her community. You can email your child at my.worldvision.org or send letters and cards. Sponsor a child through World Vision.

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Why World Vision?

WV trustWorld Vision is a trusted partner with proven results in alleviating poverty in communities across the globe. World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the kingdom of God. Working with World Vision, supporters are the hands and feet of Jesus in nearly 100 countries. We serve the world’s poor, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. World Vision works with the people of each community to provide sustainable, life-giving solutions in water and sanitation, food and agriculture, health, education, and economic development. For every $1 donated in fiscal year 2013, World Vision delivered $1.15 in goods and services are delivered to children and families in the field.

Women of Vision is a volunteer ministry of World Vision, mobilizing and uniting women called to invest their time, intellect, compassion, creativity, and finances so impoverished women and children might find hope and experience a tangible expression of God’s love.