Community Development

Serving Our Sierra Leone Community 

The Sierra Leone Christian Mission is committed to community-driven development. Our goal is to enable the people of Baiima to help themselves and their communities by providing them with the support and resources needed to be proactive contributors within their society.

Sewing and Craft Arts
He has filled them with the skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by the Mission, through its adult education, teaches women and teens how to sew, crochet, and make fabric beads and beaded jewelry. By providing these sewing and craft arts to the women, the Sierra Leone Christian Mission helps to stimulate the economy of this rural community and allows for a means of self-sufficiency.

Healthy Living
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Recognizing that one’s circumstances should not compromise one’s sense of self-worth, the people of Baiima are encouraged to practice a healthy way of living. We teach and support good, clean, and healthy behavior. Baiima has one small Health Center that is used mainly for maternity care. It lacks basic medical supplies that are essential in a health center. We provide baby clothing and some essential baby items such as children’s aspirin, thermometers, cough medicine, Vaseline, baby oil, and other items to encourage cleanliness and minimize infections. In addition, we provide mothers with the education and resources needed to raise healthy infants. There is a great need in this area, and it continues to increase.

Support Community Development
The Sierra Leone Christian Mission is dedicated to supporting community-driven development efforts. Our mission is to foster the local economy through a concerted effort that will help drive individuals to become more self-sufficient.  In order for us to effectively and successfully improve the living conditions of these individuals, we need the resources that will allow us to do it. Your support is needed to help fund the programs that focus on community development.

Your financial support will:
-help people help themselves and in turn help their community
-increase the overall well-being of the community
-increase overall productivity
-help build-up a stronger and more stable community

How Can I Help?
The Sierra Leone Christian Mission operates primarily on donations from individuals, partner companies, organizations, and support groups. The church, Baiima Community Bible Church and the school, Baiima Christian Academy, the Adult Education and the Mission House have many needs. Many individuals have partnered with Sierra Leone Christian Mission on a regular or one-time donation. Your donations can significantly impact our progress within Baiima and the surrounding areas. Through your donations, we can continue to expand our resources and provide individuals with much-needed support.  Please contact us if you are interested in partnering with or volunteering for Sierra Leone Christian Mission.

Donations and Sponsorships
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

In order to fulfill the needs of our mission, your donations and sponsorships are the foundation of our success. We are in need of the following items and would ask that you contact the Sierra Leone Christian Mission. We also welcome your financial support in lieu of these items.

Ways you can help:

  • Sponsor a child (over 150 still waiting)
  • Bibles (Children and adults)
  • Bible study materials (for children and adults
  • Video (Christian)
  • Character building and Bible stories DVDs
  • Soccer shoes and uniforms for church and school soccer team
  • Financial Donors (any amount)
  • Bicycles
  • Truck
  • Single and double bed sheet sets
  • School supplies, (pens, pencils, exercise books,
  • Uniforms – khaki pants, khaki skirts, shirts and tops (white or light blue) Sizes K5 – 6th grade
  • Uniforms – navy blue pants and skirts for 7th – 9th graders
  • School shoes (K5 – 9th grade) Lodging for teachers – 1 quarter (to attract teachers from outside the village- estimated cost $15,000.00)

Sponsorships:
Impact the life of a child with your sponsorship. Your tax-deductible support will help change the lives of the needy in the country of Sierra Leone. Be a part of our current partners who are changing lives, one child at a time, through their generous donations of support. Sponsorship is $25 per month to support an individual student attending the Baiima Christian Academy. Sponsors can be paid on a monthly basis or for the whole year.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please complete our sponsorship form or Contact SLCM (Baiima@slcminc.org) for more details.

Fund Raiser:
Every step you take, and every dollar you donate will support the Sierra Leone Christian Mission to educate children and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  2018 Walk Registration and Donation Form are available.  Can’t make it or Can’t walk? Please consider making a tax-deductible donation.to: SLCM, P.O. Box 3354, Crofton, MD 21114.  Money raised will be used by SLCM to provide a Christian education to the children of Baiima, Sierra Leone, including purchasing instructional materials, school uniforms, sports supplies, daily lunch, and educational field trips.  If you are interested in volunteering for the 2018 Walk, contact Sheila Senesie at Baiima@slcminc.org.  If you are interested in donating for the fundraiser, click on the donation link below

Youth Helping Youth:
Justice Flora
Justice Flora has been volunteering with Sierra Leone Christian Mission since 2011. He has collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes every year for the children of Baiima. His goal is to provide each child with two pairs of shoes and he has exceeded his goal every year. At his 10th birthday party in November 2012, Justice asked all of his friends to bring shoes for the children in Baiima.  Justice has committed to continue his annual shoe drive to help children and families without shoes. Justice says, “I want children to have shoes like I have. When you GIVE a LITTLE, YOU CHANGE a LOT!”

 

 

Julian Thomas
Julian Thomas – started his annual socks drive for the Baiima Christian Academy students in 2014.  He has collected over 1,960      pairs of socks since he started. Julian is 13 years old.  His goal for 2017 is 700 pairs of socks so every student will get three pairs.

Destiny Armstrong
Destiny Armstrong – is in the 8th grade and attends G. James Gholson Middle

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School.  Destiny is involved in a lot of school activities but has devoted time to helping the children of Baiima.  Destiny volunteered to collect undergarments for the girls. Last year, she collected 450 sets of undergarments.  Her goal this year is to collect 500, which will provide two sets for each girl.

Woodstream Church Girls of Character
Woodstream Church – Girls of Character – The young ladies of Grace and Dignity, along with their mothers, wrote cards of love, prayed for the girls of Baiima Christian Academy, and handmade over 100 feminine hygiene products.  These young people are examples of God working through our children to make a profound difference in the lives of children who are less fortunate.  Please contact us for more details if you would like to help.  “Anyone who has TWO shirts should share with the one who has NONE, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:11  We would like to maintain a loyal group of donors and volunteers who will help support the church, the academy, the adult center, community development, and other mission efforts. Each of our volunteers is essential to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Please contact us for more details if you would like to help.
“Anyone who has TWO shirts should share with the one who has NONE, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Luke 3:11  We would like to maintain a loyal group of donors and volunteers who will help support the church, the academy, the adult center, community development, and other mission efforts. Each of our volunteers is essential to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mission Trips
There are many benefits to being a volunteer as part of the Sierra Leone Christian Mission to Sierra Leone:
• Be part of our mission trips and see the world through the eyes of the less fortunate and witness the impact it will have on your life and the lives of those around you
• Increase your own self-awareness and confidence. Build your resume, as volunteering builds character and employers look positively upon those who give of themselves for the sake of others
• Learn about a new culture that is different from your own
• Make new friends and bond over a cause that will impact the lives of the poor
• Help those in desperate need by witnessing the love of Christ through your work and education
• Help to create a sense of community involvement.