Ebola

Ebola's Ripples Still Being Felt By Sierra Leone's Orphans

The fishing communities of Freetown, Sierra Leone, are tightly knit. Tiny homes of cement, mud, and tin are crammed together on the coast and families live almost on top of one another, lending support and friendship in this hard and often dangerous profession. 

With Ebola Fading, Students Return to School in Sierra Leone

After almost 10 months of school closure due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, schools across Sierra Leone re-opened today. Though the government has declared it safe enough to begin classes, the threat of Ebola is not completely stamped out in Sierra Leone. The first day of school at COTN was a mix of joy and precaution. Here are some photos from the day:

Meet Magnus: The Man Leading the Mission to Care for Ebola Orphans

Twenty years ago, a young man named Magnus Beah stood guard over a warehouse full of furniture, food, and supplies as gunshots rang through the air. His city, Freetown, Sierra Leone, had been overtaken by brutal rebels. Different factions were looting the city, killing everyone in their path. The lucky ones escaped with only an arm cut off. 
 

Lenten Prayer and Fasting, Good Friday: He Came to Dwell with Us

Will you pray and fast with us this Lent? Each week, we will be posting a short devotional, prayer requests, and a recipe for a simple dish similar to what our children eat.

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. 

Twenty Years in Sierra Leone

Jason Caldwell reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small memento from one of his first trips to Sierra Leone—a shell from an AK-47. Seventeen years later, he is bringing this remnant of his journey back to the country it came from, as a reminder of God's protection and plan.

COTN to Care for Orphans of Ebola

Imagine watching your entire family die, one by one. 

Soccer Tournament Sponsors 24 Children in Sierra Leone

Four days before the 2015 Kitsap Cup soccer tournament, things looked grim. Only 13 teams had signed up. Volunteer tournament director Erin Bernard wondered if the event would raise enough money to continue sponsoring the 17 children in Sierra Leone they’ve supported for the past several years.

Christmas Photos from Sierra Leone

Thank you for making Christmas special for the children in Sierra Leone this year!

Because of the Ebola outbreak, this Christmas was a little different than usual. Public gatherings are prohibited right now, to prevent the spread of disease, so our children didn't have the parties they normally have.

Our Most Popular Stories of 2014

2014 was a big year for the children, as they experienced graduations, improvements to their communities, better health and educational opportunities, and most of all, your love and care.

As we look back on our most popular stories of 2014, we see some recurring themes: concern surrounding the Ebola epidemic; celebrations of new beginnings; and God using you, our partners, to provide above and beyond for our children. Thank you for making this such a great year! 

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