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.
$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
More about Sierra Leone
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?
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.
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Why World Vision?
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.