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COTN Children Teach Villages How to Fight Ebola

After two years of hard work, Alex Amara was ready for the final exam for his Diploma in Community Development last summer. As this 23-year-old who grew up in COTN’s Sierra Leone Children’s Homes sat in the exam hall of Jui Bible College just outside Freetown, the spread of the Ebola virus was intensifying. 

Reflecting on My Time in Sierra Leone During the Ebola Outbreak

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who traveled to Sierra Leone this fall with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting the people of Sierra Leone. Here is an entry from November 19. (You can read Kelly's previous updates here.) 

Children in Uganda Enjoy Writing Their Own Books

Second-grade student Pasca eagerly walks to her teacher’s house. She can’t wait to start writing a new book this week. Teacher Lindsey, as she’s affectionately called by the children in the Uganda Children’s Homes, will be there waiting with freshly stapled colored paper, just like she is every Tuesday afternoon. 

Celebrating Christmas Under Quarantine

Children look forward to Christmas in Sierra Leone. This is the period when relatives who work in other parts of the country and the world come back home to celebrate. It is a time of family reunification. Traditional festivals are held. Marriages are mostly celebrated during the month of Christmas. People save throughout the year to celebrate Christmas. 

Sharing Jesus through Film in Haiti

The backpack opens up like Mary Poppins' bag of tricks. Inside is a solar-powered projection system with everything Marc Antoine needs to show the JESUS film to the students: a screen, projector, and sound system. 

What Our Children in Sierra Leone Are Saying About Ebola

Ebola is disappearing from headlines as other news stories push it aside. But the disease itself is still going strong. Last week, there were 537 new confirmed cases in Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. The following thoughts come to you directly from our children in Sierra Leone, as they face this outbreak happening all around them. 

Daily Life in Sierra Leone during the Ebola Crisis

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who is currently in Freetown with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting the people of Sierra Leone.

Small Steps of Progress in the Fight Against Ebola

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who has traveled to Sierra Leone several times. She is currently in Freetown with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting Sierra Leone. This entry is from November 1.

An Update from the Front Lines of the Ebola Outbreak

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who has traveled to Sierra Leone several times. She is currently in Freetown with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting Sierra Leone. Below is an update from Kelly, on her arrival and first few days in Freetown.

Ebola's Effect on Everyday Life, Now and in Years to Come: An Interview with Quami Agbermodji

With all the media hype around Ebola, it can be hard to get an accurate picture of the immediate and long-term impact this disease is having on everyday life in Sierra Leone. I sat down with Quami Agbermodji—one of the first children COTN cared for, and now a member of COTN–Sierra Leone's board of directors—during his brief trip to the US, to get a better picture of the daily struggle Ebola presents.

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