education

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. 
 

"A Good Daughter and a Transformer of Nations": Hawa’s Story

When Hawa came to COTN–Sierra Leone at the age of twelve, she was struggling academically and spiritually.

By the time Hawa turned three, she had no father in her life. Her mother struggled to support four children with the meager money she made from petty trading.

From Illiterate Student to School Teacher: Janet's Story

When twelve-year-old Janet first came to COTN–Uganda’s Children’s Home, she was finally able to attend school regularly. But twelve years old is pretty late to start an educational career. COTN staff described Janet as a “well-behaved, active, and friendly, young girl.” But they also noted: “She is easily distracted and needs someone to encourage her in school studies.”

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.” 

Wordless Wednesday: The Power of Education

In every country where COTN serves, getting an education is an essential step in breaking the cycle of poverty.

Enjoy these photos of children in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti who have the power to tackle their futures thanks to partners like you!

Two Girls Send Smiles Across the World

A while ago, Stephanie Ellis had worried that her family was heading down a path toward selfishness. She prayed that God would move her family's hearts toward generosity. And she found her prayers answered in unexpected ways.

 

7 Ways You Can Celebrate Book Lovers Day and Help Children Too

Happy Book Lovers Day! National Book Lovers Day is celebrated on both August 9th and the first Saturday of November. But at COTN, we love books all year around and want to raise up a new generation of book lovers in our children. Here are some ways you can celebrate your love of books and help us foster a passion for reading in others:

Thank You for the Field Trip of a Lifetime!

Fifty COTN–Uganda students recently went on a three-day field trip (called a “study tour”). These students were in P7 (the last year of primary school), and this trip taught them about different career paths, natural science, and Ugandan history. The trip also helped prepare them for their big, end-of-year exam.

The Secret Thoughts of a COTN Volunteer

Four young women spent their summer volunteering with COTN–Dominican Republic on a college-immersion trip. Kristina, Kadyn, and Bekah spent eight weeks in the Dominican Republic, teaching summer school, helping at the clinic, assisting in medical trips, and living day-to-day life with the locals. A fourth student, Courtney, spent much of the summer stateside but traveled to the Dominican Republic for two weeks to join the others.

A Passion for Education: Rebecca, Promise, and Sarah's Journey

Last year, three COTN graduates from Malawi—Promise, Sarah, and Rebecca—traveled across Africa to teach at COTN’s school in Banta, Sierra Leone. Just the fact that they are Malawian women with university degrees makes them exceptional. But it’s their courage and their hearts for service that make them truly remarkable.

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