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Wordless Wednesday: Dance Break!

COTN children and staff love to dance. Dancing has an important place in the culture of each COTN country. Below you will find photos of traditional dances and contemporary choreography; you'll see young women showing off their ability to balance pots on their heads and crowds dancing with chairs. Any time there's something to celebrate, there's a reason to dance.

Wordless Wednesday: Children at Play

"Birds fly, fish swim, and children play." — Dr. Garry Landreth

 Play is an essential part a child's development. Even when children have very little to play with, they find creative ways to make fun out of their surroundings. See if you recognize some of the games COTN children are playing in the photos below.

Christmas Photos from Malawi

Thank you for making this such a great Christmas for our children in Malawi!

Christmas Photos from Sierra Leone

Thank you for making Christmas special for the children in Sierra Leone this year!

Because of the Ebola outbreak, this Christmas was a little different than usual. Public gatherings are prohibited right now, to prevent the spread of disease, so our children didn't have the parties they normally have.

Christmas Photos from Uganda

The children in Uganda had a great Christmas, thanks to you! At our Uganda Children’s Homes, we had a special party with a Christmas meal, cake, and other sweet treats. The children also took time to pray and thank God for all He has blessed them with throughout the past year.

 
The children in our Anai-Okii Village Partnership Program celebrated Christmas with gifts of clothing and laundry soap, thanks to their sponsors. "For an African child, new clothes for a day like Christmas means a lot," says Hadrine Akullo, one of our Uganda staffers. "And they were really excited, as you can tell from the pictures." 
 

Christmas Photos from the Dominican Republic

The 2014 Christmas parties were full of blessings, happiness, and joy for our children in the five villages we serve in the Dominican Republic. Thank you for making this possible! 

Christmas Photos from Haiti

Christmas photos have arrived from Haiti! Thanks to all of you, the children had a great time celebrating the birth of Christ. Here's what Marc Antoine Michel, our Haiti country director, had to say about the celebrations:

"After a wonderful week of Christmas Advent with a Venture team from The Hallows Church, we had a beautiful Christmas party with the children this year. They learned the whole story of Jesus’ birth with skits, they had fun with the team, and had a special Christmas meal with special treats, including soda, cake, and Christmas gifts. Enjoy pictures below."

Camp Photos from Uganda

The school year in Uganda runs from February to December, so the children in this equatorial country didn't have their "summer" camp until just recently. 

For the children in our care, camp was like an early Christmas present. Thank you to all of you who sponsor children in Uganda, for making this fun celebration possible! Enjoy the photos! 

Photos from Camp in Uganda

Students in Uganda finish their school year in December, so "summer" camp  isn't until then.  

Meanwhile, our students had another camp while they were still in school this summer. A Venture Team came to lead a science camp. The kids had tons of fun, and learned a lot!

Photos from Summer Camp in Malawi

Summer camp in Malawi was great this year! 

Because so many sponsors gave generously, every child in COTN's care got to enjoy games, Bible lessons, crafts, and other fun activities. 

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