child sponsorship program

A Miracle and a Shared Name Link Two Lives on Opposite Sides of the World

What happens when a baby born deep in the jungle of Sierra Leone is named after you? A few things: great honor and joy, a new sense of responsibility, and two lives on opposite ends of the globe that are now tied together in an amazing yet complicated way. 
 

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.

One Small Kitchen Equals Big Improvements in Haiti

Every day at our Village Partnership Program in Haiti, mothers volunteer to work for hours in the kitchen—a patch of dirt under a shade tree—to prepare lunch for 75 children. They make it look easy. Like a well-oiled machine they clean the rice, crack coconuts open on a nearby rock, and light a fire in the barbecue style oven.

God Is Gracious to Everyone: Elizabeth’s Story

Elizabeth was just a small child when a neighbor poisoned her father after a land dispute. After his death, Elizabeth’s mother decided she had no other option than to return to her family in another village. Elizabeth was left in the care of her father’s mother and clan elders in Kakoge, a small village in Uganda. There is little access to electricity or clean water in this area.

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.

Building a Kitchen with My Sponsored Child

There was a rush of excitement and joy as Deron's team arrived at COTN's ministry center in Haiti. About 40 tiny children were lined up, ready to welcome them with songs, dance, and poems. 

Her Family’s Best Chance: Getrude’s Story

It’s up to Getrude now. She may only be a high school senior, but right now she is her family’s only hope for escaping poverty. 

Breaking the Pattern of Polygamy

What happens in a polygamous society when your father ends up with more children than he can support? 

Sponsorship Teaches Stiven About Love, Peace, and Respect

Life is hard for boys like Stiven in the impoverished village of Pueblo Nuevo, Dominican Republic. In this part of the world, boys learn at an early age to be scrappy, act tough, and do whatever is necessary to survive. Stiven’s future did not look much better than his father’s, who works as a chiripero—someone who does odd jobs no one wants, including work as a freelance security guard protecting properties with only a machete. 

How Sponsorship Made Me Beautiful: Christina's Story

No one thought Christina would be chosen. Only three representatives from the entire primary school were going to the reading competition, and eleven-year-old Christina was in the remedial class. 

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