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Fighting Child Marriage and Sex Abuse: A Talk with TED Speaker Memory Banda

Traditionally in Malawi, it’s taboo to talk about sex. But recently this country has been front and center in a worldwide discussion about cultural practices that promote sexual abuse and early marriage.

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.

Beyond the Village Podcast

The official podcast of Children of the Nations

Go behind the scenes and hear stories straight from the children and staff. And, with special guests, explore what it means to raise children who transform nations.

Click the links below to listen to the official Beyond the Village podcast. Or, find us on iTunes and SoundCloud.

I Must Tell My Story: Ireen Banda of Malawi

Sitting in the American camp office and laughing about campers and cultural differences, you couldn’t feel farther away from the harsh world Ireen paints with her stories. But they are her life—though it’s hard to believe this soft-spoken, confident, beautiful young Malawian woman was once fighting on the street for food to bring back to her abusive father and dying mother. 

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."

How Esther’s Sponsors Gave Her a Vision for the Future

Esther is a senior at COTN’s International Christian Academy in Malawi, where she loves studying science. It’s her last year of secondary education, and she’s hoping to follow up high school by training to be a nurse. Her aim is to bring healing to the sick in places where proper medical attention is difficult to reach. 

The Faithful 4H: Kids Package Meals for Sixth Year in a Row

Rabbits might be their common ground, but nothing gets the kids from this 4H club more excited than packaging meals for children in need. 

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