Hitting the ground running!

Tuesday, we had a wonderful meeting with Project Hope and talked for nearly 3 hours about  A Call to Mercy’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Program.  We discussed what worked the past two years, what was learned for improvement, and the future of the program, all with sustainability and empowerment of the people in mind.DSC_6095

Today, we worked at the HIV clinic .  All of the HIV positive children who come to the clinic for their monthly medicines and lab work are in A Call to Mercy’s program.  They come over the course of 3 days…today ages 0-9, about 40 kids.  It is a very long day for the children, many are there for 8-10 hrs. They come hours early to get in the front of the line, first come, first served. Some are brought by caretakers or older siblings, but most are brought by single parent mothers who are also HIV positive.  The mother’s also have their monthly lab work and collect their meds which adds to the time there but saves two visits.  A Call to Mercy pays for the clinic visits (about 500 cfa’s, just less than $1) for each of the children as well as any health needs that arise.  HIV positive children have increased vulnerability to many types of infections and illnesses so A Call to Mercy is  honored to provide 100% health care for them through the program.  Project Hope does a wonderful job of providing a day for the children that includes activities, health lessons, dancing, playing and a hot meal. It was truly wonderful to see many of the children that we met in their homes two years ago when the program was first implemented.


Greeting the children, Mimi style.


The children are so brave.



Care and tenderness, Project Hope Staff.


After a health lesson, dancing…and these kids LOVE to dance!



Helping to serve the meal.


Maybe the best part of the day for the kids. Children eat with their hands, very efficient.


Fufu (ground corn meal), Jamma jamma (a bitter green) and fish with sauce.


Never a bit wasted.


Clearing up.


Washing after the meal.


16 comments on “Hitting the ground running!

  1. Carlene nardi says:

    How gratifying to see a labor of love coming to fruition. All the lives that are and will be forever changed…it blows me away. Thanks T for keeping us connected, love the pics. See u tomorrow. xoxoxoxox


  2. Judy OBrien says:

    Wonderful pictures what a rewarding day to see all your work help so many children
    I’m in awe of all you have accomplished. Lov you both.


  3. Annie Ruppert says:

    Terry and Carol..it is so heart warming to see your photo’s and hear about all the wonderful work you are doing. I want to donate. Send details on how when you get a chance no rush.


    • terryhirst says:

      Hi Annie…thanks so much for both your comments and sentiments. You can donate online by going to http://www.acalltomercy.org and click the donate button. If you’d rather send a check, you can send it to the address in the contact section. Thank you very, very much and we look forward to re connecting with you when we return.


  4. MacDonald Yengong says:

    It’s great having A Call To Mercy team here.
    May God Bless You all as you think about these children.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Eileen says:

    Thank you Terry! xo


  6. Little brother says:

    Looks like another average day for you guys unbelievable the work that you two are doing hope all is well


  7. Wonderful photos and sharing. Continued blessings for y our and your work.


  8. Annie Ruppert says:

    Terry and Carol,

    Thanks for the info on where to donate. I should be getting my income taxes back soon and will make a donation then. Your photo’s and writings on where you are and what is going on are wonderful. Such great work you are doing. Be safe


  9. Jacqui says:

    Such important work! God bless these children with such a tough diagnosis. Thank you for all your work ladies.


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