children's stories

No Longer Hungry, Thanks to You: Henry's Story

By the time he was five, both of Henry’s parents were dead.

No Longer “A Go Wreck”: Massah’s Story

Massah explains that without education the Krio phrase “a go wreck” (meaning “becoming a wreck”) would have described her life. “I wouldn’t go further.” Massah says. “I would just stay there, ‘a go wreck’ there.”


Massah was just ten months old when rebels attacked her village in Sierra Leone. Her mother was ill when they fled into the bush, and she died shortly after.

If You Believe: Seeing God’s Power in Haiti

 
Cassia Burke, former COTN staff writer, recently took her first trip to Haiti as COTN's Haiti country liaison. While there, she witnessed God at work, and she was kind enough to write down her experience and share it with us.
 

"A Good Daughter and a Transformer of Nations": Hawa’s Story

When Hawa came to COTN–Sierra Leone at the age of twelve, she was struggling academically and spiritually.

By the time Hawa turned three, she had no father in her life. Her mother struggled to support four children with the meager money she made from petty trading.

From Orphan to Fashion Designer: Agnes' Story

“See, I never thought I could become a designer. I thought designing is only for the smartest people; I think now I am one of the smartest people,” says Agnes.

Thank-You Notes from Across the World

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and you have been a key part of that!

Here are a few notes of gratitude from COTN and the children you have helped:

“I Didn’t Know There Was a Word Called Blessing”: Oliver’s Story

Soon, Oliver (pronounced "Olivia") will become one of the first children to graduate from COTN–Uganda. But this almost didn't happen.

Oliver’s father died in 2002 during a rebel attack. Young Oliver lived with her grandmother, but basic survival was difficult.

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