World Changing Centre (WCC) is a UK registered charity (No. 1136070) that promotes child education in Sierra Leone. At WCC we believe that education – including formal and informal schooling, skills training and knowledge acquisition – is central to escaping poverty. Since its inception, WCC has also been committed to the provision of basic social and environmental amenities in the underdeveloped area of Calaba Town, Sierra Leone. WCC aims to give children and young people in Calaba Town and the surrounding areas modern day healthcare services. Currently we operate an advisory service but we plan to develop the region by transforming health and sanitation standards through social mobilisation and awareness-raising around disease prevention.
The World Changing Centre is a UK registered charity run by volunteers, providing international relief aid to underprivileged children and young people (aged 5-25) in Sierra Leone. And here in the UK we would like to pilot a Saturday club for families with autistic children within our local community of Greenwich.
Our Saturday Club will target children and young adults (10 to 19) with Autism to support, educate and raise awareness for parents and others about their children’s condition. In addition to the main aims it will allow the members to be form a peer-to-peer support network amongst people in similar situations near them. The activities in these sessions would engage both parents and their young children in fun, simple activities that will help to support their relationship and understand each others’ worlds.
Community improvement is the core purpose of WCC’s work. We will build a community ethos based on open collaboration and team work. WCC will improve the quality of life of young people by improving health and sanitation facilities, and providing various educational opportunities to advance their economic prospects.
The services we deliver are underpinned by the following values:
We strive to make every child that we work with feel welcomed, loved and secure. We believe in the value of friendship and encourage such relationships between the children.
At WCC we respect each other and the community we work in. We offer support and understanding, and listen carefully to all members of the community. We take care to respect the environment that we are working in.
Honesty and integrity are of paramount importance to WCC. We maintain strong moral values to build trust within the community we work with.
WCC encourages the children we work with to believe in themselves. We want them to aspire to be the best that they can be, so we work tirelessly to help them succeed.
We believe that all children and young people are equal and therefore deserve to be treated equally, regardless of age, gender, religion or race.
Bernice Langley is a British citizen and healthcare professional. In 2007, on a visit to Calaba Town, where she was born and raised, she was struck by the great need and abject poverty that she saw in the town. She felt compelled to take action. That same year WCC was born. Bernice started by organising a team of university graduates to interview over 2000 families in Calaba Town. This research helped to identify the main needs within the community, primarily clean water, healthcare and sanitation facilities. Investing her personal funds and that of a few friends into providing for this need, Bernice founded WCC. It has led to education projects, sanitary projects, the building of wells and much more. In 2010, the organisation gained charitable status. This was merely the beginning of a great venture that will positively influence thousands in the future.