education

He Dreamed of Flying Away: Jonathan's Story

Jonathan was born in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. His future looked grim after his mother died. He and his siblings were left to fend for themselves. 

Thank You for the Library in Algodón!

 
To someone from the United States, the Algodón library may not look like much. It’s humble, a small building with bookshelves, tables, and chairs. But this library offers our children something they might not have otherwise: books.

No Longer “A Go Wreck”: Massah’s Story

Massah explains that without education the Krio phrase “a go wreck” (meaning “becoming a wreck”) would have described her life. “I wouldn’t go further.” Massah says. “I would just stay there, ‘a go wreck’ there.”


Massah was just ten months old when rebels attacked her village in Sierra Leone. Her mother was ill when they fled into the bush, and she died shortly after.

My Favorite Photo after 5 Years in Africa

 

This will probably go down as my all-time favorite picture of Uganda so far. Let me tell you why.

Behind the Scenes of a COTN School in Uganda

Here’s a special, sneak peek into how you are changing education in Uganda. (Also, keep reading to the end to see an adorable video of children having fun while learning.)

Thanks to You, Sierra Leone Students Dream Big

 
COTN–Sierra Leone students wrote essays as part their application for COTN’s University/Vocational Program. We are so proud of their hard work, and we had to share some of our favorite excerpts with you.
 

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. 
 

"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.”

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