Set in the midst of a large Sierra Leonean community named Waterloo, sits a ministry center open for street children in the area. Children and youth who have been orphaned, abandoned, alienated or separated for any number of reasons often find their way to Waterloo. Many street children find Waterloo appealing because of the possibilities to find odd jobs which can sometimes provide enough money on which to buy one small plate of rice each day.
Beginning in 2012, the ministry center in Waterloo was established and quickly became a place where the spiritual and physical needs of street children were addressed and met on a regular basis.
In May 2015, the ministry center was moved to a new and much-improved location, which was an absolute gift from God. Then, in 2018 our ministry center was relocated to another area of Waterloo closer to the children we serve.The new location and larger facility provides for a ministry office and a base for ongoing ministry programs and opportunities. Feeding programs, food parcels distribution, tutoring, and discipleship for current and former street kids are among the many activities that take place.
As a part of the ongoing ministry to current and former street kids in Sierra Leone, the 25 Project sends teams to conduct camps for street kids. The camps typically last 3-4 days and are an intense time of discipleship and mentoring for the kids. God has clearly used previous camps in the past to spark life change in so many. While the camps are just a few days in length, God has used the camps to enrich and aid in the long-term ministry to street kids.
Through the provision of the new ministry center, Shara Johnson (Senior Director of Operations- Sierra Leone) and Daniel Fullah (Operations Coordinator- Sierra Leone) are able to more effectively minister to kids living on the street, as well as the many kids now integrated into families and homes through Name Changers.