Season 3 – Episode 3 – TITLE
|BIG IDEA||Last week in Episode 3, we learned how the Child Rescue Centre began as a feeding program and orphanage for children displaced during the Sierra Leone war. Many of the children in the orphanage had parents who were living but were just not able to care for them. This forced the children to choose between receiving food and care in the orphanage vs. being with their families where they found love and a connection. In this episode, Nabs and Olivia are back to tell their amazing story of how they found a way to do both.|
|OUR GUEST(S)||Olivia Fonnie – Director of Child Integration Centre|
Olivia has lived her whole life in Sierra Leone. She holds degrees in Theology and Community Development, and certificates in teaching and social development. Olivia was married to her late husband, Samuel, for 26 years. She has an adult son, Aiyu, who is studying to become a doctor.
What does she like best about being the CRC Director? "Meeting the children! And now I see them all the time! I only have one son, but I have so many kids," Olivia laughs.
Emmanuel M. Nabieu (“Nabs") - Director of Mission Advancement and Partnership, Helping Children Worldwide Nabs was one of the first children rescued by the CRC after the Sierra Leone civil war. The CRC sponsored him through University, and upon graduation he served the CRC for five years, first as the Sponsor A Child Coordinator, and later as the Program Director. Under his leadership, the CRC successfully transitioned from orphanage care to family-based care through meaningful collaboration with all stakeholders including Helping Children Worldwide.
Nabs is passionate about keeping families together due to his experience of being separated from his loved ones. He is focused on creating a holistic future where vulnerable children and their families can thrive with dignity.
|LEARN MORE||Google ‘Sierra Leone Civil War’ Visit Helping Children Worldwide - https://www.helpingchildrenworldwide.orgSubscribe to the Optimistic Voices podcast, produced by Helping Children Worldwide to learn more about caring for vulnerable and orphaned children globally.|
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