Children in Africa

Boston Marathon Runner Raises Money for 1,000 Pairs of Shoes for Children in Africa

“Okay, I’m checking the box,” Erin Curtis thought after she ran in Seattle’s Rock and Roll Marathon. “I ran a marathon; I’m done.”

It didn’t take long before Erin realized she didn’t want to stop. When she learned her marathon time qualified her to run in the Boston Marathon, it felt like an opportunity she couldn't pass up. But as Erin began thinking about this new race, it felt empty. She loved running, but something was missing—this run needed to be about more than just her.

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is a buzz word these days, but what does it really mean? Meet our new Director of Sustainable Practices, Cheryl Cuthbertson. Children of the Nations (COTN) is blessed to have her experience and passion leading us in this area. Cheryl just returned from Malawi and Uganda and is full of ideas. She sat down with me and answered some questions we all have about sustainable development.

Celebrating a Different Kind of Freedom in Sierra Leone

How do you celebrate your freedom?

As Americans everywhere are celebrating our country's independence this weekend, children in the African countries we serve are celebrating a different kind of freedom. 

We’re Better Together: Meal Packaging Changes Lives Here and in Africa

For years, Jeff Davis has been serving troubled neighborhoods in Fullerton, California. This area, just outside of Los Angeles, has long dealt with gang violence and drug trafficking, among other problems. But this spring, Jeff’s church, The Well, along with several other local churches, took part in a citywide day of service to get their community involved in something positive. The service day, called Love Fullerton, included about 60 different projects for helping others. 

Ten Questions Kids Have about Africa

Are your kids curious about Africa? Every time we have a meal packaging event at a school, the kids have tons of great questions about the way children in Africa live. Here are ten questions the third- and fourth-grade students at Montverde Academy in Florida asked our Orlando staff member, Laura Cook, during a recent meal packaging event. Maybe they’re the same questions your kids are asking.

The Sound of Happy Feet in Uganda

Shoes are very important to children in Africa. Without shoes, children are exposed to dangerous parasites and sharp objects that can cause serious wounds and infections. However, in Uganda shoes are often too expensive for families to buy for their children. 

Children Send God's Word Across the World

As soon as seventh-grader Dee walked into the church, he realized he’d forgotten something very important—the pile of coins he’d worked so hard to collect all week. 

Have You Washed Your Hands Today?

A few days ago, I took care of some very sick little kids for a friend. I can't count the number of times I washed my hands. But each time I did, a wave of relief came over me. "I'm not going to get this nasty bug," I breathed, relieved. 

Bring Your Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Dave Roberts just found an unusual connection between cleaning out his garage and helping children in Africa. By donating his car to a nonprofit called Donation Line, he was able to raise money for Children of the Nations (COTN).

Celebrating Center Day in Sierra Leone

Safety goggles secure, the students carefully tipped baking soda into their bottle of vinegar. The crowd—hundreds of children from rural Sierra Leone—watched wide-eyed in amazement as a balloon inflated, seemingly by itself. The students grinned as the crowd cheered. Their performance was a success. 

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