Children Stories

Angelina Was Homeless, But You Are Sending Her to College

 
Angelina knew she would have to work hard to achieve her dreams. She was born in Altagracia, an impoverished batey in the Dominican Republic. A batey is a shantytown originally built for migrant sugarcane workers. Within the batey, Angelina lived with her mother and seven siblings in a tiny house. 
 

The Girl Pulled from the Rubble: Bolivena's Story

 
Six-year-old Bolivena was trapped in her house during the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010. The cement blocks that used to be the walls of her home now lay on her little body, crushing her pelvis. 
 

You Are Helping Young Women in Africa Start Businesses

 
Grace never thought she would become a successful businessowner. Surviving was hard enough.  

International Science Camp Puts Tikambechi Face-to-Face with the First Lady

 
At first, Tikambechi was nervous about attending the Women in Science (WiSci) Camp hosted by the UN Foundation. 

She Taught Herself How to Read: Mercy's Story

 
“When Mercy grows up, she wants to be a Prime Minister.”
 
That’s what Mercy’s caregivers said when she first came to COTN–Uganda. She was just ten years old, but she was hardworking and had big dreams of helping others.
 
But until she came to COTN, Mercy didn’t have the opportunities to achieve these dreams. 
 

Now I Can See: Estrella's Story

 
Estrella’s name means “star” in Spanish, and her eyes reflect that as they sparkle with joy. But this wasn’t always the case for the young Dominican girl. 
 
“I would get teased a lot,” says Estrella of her life before COTN.

Diana's Story: Doing a Man's Job

 
 
“Life was tough,” Diana says when she thinks about her time before COTN. She lived with her aunt and uncle, she often missed school because of chores, she was the last to eat (sometimes getting only her cousins’ leftovers), and she suffered harassment from her uncle. 
 
“I felt defenseless because there was no one to talk to.” 

Girls Can Play Football Too: Mabinty's Story

 
Sierra Leoneans love football (soccer in the States). The sport gets everyone excited, whether they’re watching or playing. For children at COTN–Sierra Leone, football camp is a great way to build relationships and get exercise. Our children loved when we were able to provide football camp . . . except for one.
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