Methodists Caring for Children in Sierra Leone

The Specialized Ministry to Children was created after the war; it aimed at addressing the human atrocities meted to children during the eleven years of rebel war in the country. Even without the war, there are so many destitute children who need someone’s love and care as they grow up into responsible and productive citizens.

Under the Specialized Ministry for Children is the Child Rescue Centre that caters to the most vulnerable children in the communities with the provision of basic necessities of life – food, shelter, clothing, and education. The department has been responding to the broader challenges facing street children and has embarked on a number of campaigns raising the awareness of duty-bearers to respond to the growing problem.

There is a common traditional practice in Sierra Leone where parents in rural communities that are poor send their children to other relatives in the urban communities where it is expected that their children will have better opportunities through the exposure to formal education or to be engaged in other skills training or even commercial opportunities. This concept has been grossly abused as these children, known as “mehn pikin” in one of our native tongues, are used in the households as slaves. They do all the menial jobs in the house and are not properly fed, and live under deplorable conditions. They are not even sent to school or sent to learn any skills but instead find themselves as young as 8 years involved in street trading. –Olivia I. H. Fonnie, Campaign Liaison, and Director of Specialized Ministry to Children.

Visit the 'Be Involved' page to see how congregations and annual conferences are reporting on their faith in action for children in poverty.


Reading the Campaign booklet is a first step for becoming familiar with this initiative. It offers information and resources to encourage your activism. It can be viewed and downloaded at The Campaign page.

We hope that you will contribute information about your work with children. Descriptions of your ministries will be helpful to others who want to deepen their involvement to care for children in poverty.

You can influence the Campaign’s effectiveness.  Be involved.  Offer your ideas.  Encourage others.

Trusting in God, we dare to envision a world in which every child experiences love, care, and hope. Together we can be the difference in the lives of children in poverty.



More Annual Conferences Join Campaign

August 2017:  Welcome Dakotas Conference UMC where Rev. Rebecca Trefz is the Campaign liaison, and the Minnesota Conference where Rev. Lyndy Zabel is the liaison.

Welcome new liaisons

Spring 2016: We are delighted to welcome the Rev. LaVeatrice Crockrum as liaison with Birmingham Region (Alabama) of CME, and Ms. Judith Yohane representing AME Malawi Central, Malawi North, Malawi South, Central Zimbabwe, Northeast Zimbabwe and Southwest Zimbabwe Annual Conferences!

More Annual Conferences Join Campaign

December 2015: Welcome Nigerian Annual Conference (CME), Rev. Koko Sunday Daniel, liaison; Liberia Annual Conference (CME), Rev. Christian Keller, liaison; Ghana/Togo Conference (CME), Rev. Sampson Fianko, liaison)


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