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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."

Four Resolutions to Help You Change a Child's Life in 2015

Every year when the clock strikes midnight, we celebrate the coming of the New Year and ask ourselves, “What can I do different? What can I do better?”

Our Most Popular Stories of 2014

2014 was a big year for the children, as they experienced graduations, improvements to their communities, better health and educational opportunities, and most of all, your love and care.

As we look back on our most popular stories of 2014, we see some recurring themes: concern surrounding the Ebola epidemic; celebrations of new beginnings; and God using you, our partners, to provide above and beyond for our children. Thank you for making this such a great year! 

Sponsors Keep Steven's College Dreams Alive

We spent Friday in the village of Mgwayi, for what COTN dubs “cultural immersion day.” Our team split into pairs, and each pair was matched with a family. We spent the morning with a little girl named Aida and her mother, plus a rotating cast of cousins and neighbors who made their way in and out of our circle that morning. Our mission that day was to simply spend time with this family, learning a bit about the rhythms of their life.

Building Bathrooms Is a Dirty Job, but It's Worth It to Help the Kids

When Neil Slate stops, leaning on his shovel to catch his breath, Melida Joseph quickly brings him a plastic chair to rest in. Neil and his Venture Team are building Melida’s family’s first latrine. Here in the batey of Los Robles—an old Haitian migrant worker shantytown in the Dominican Republic—many families still live without basic resources like toilets.

A Sponsor's Perspective: God Is Working through Child Sponsorship

I’ve wanted to sponsor a child for a long time. I made excuses about the money and the timing, and I wondered if my small contributions could even make a dent in such enormous issues as poverty and injustice and limited access to education.

Passing on the Education: How a Former Sponsored Child Gives Back

Chifundo’s father died in 1997, leaving his mother to care for his family alone. Chifundo was still in primary school at the time, so his education was free. The problem was food. His mother could only do casual labor as a source of income, which didn’t earn enough to feed Chifundo and his family consistently.

Five Fun Ways to Explore the World with Your Kids—Without Leaving Home

Exploring a new culture with your family can be lots of fun! Here are five interactive ways you can teach your child about each of the countries COTN serves. Discover new food, fun facts, and more. We suggest you begin with your sponsored child’s country and work your way around the world!

A Father’s Perspective on Child Sponsorship

As Tim Pelczar listened to his friend describe the struggles of the children he’d met in Malawi, Tim couldn’t help but think of his nine-year-old son, Christian. What if Christian didn’t have enough food? What if he couldn’t go to school? Would someone help his son? “As a father, you don’t want to see any child suffer,” Tim says. 

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