Ebola outbreak

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! 

Reflecting on My Time in Sierra Leone During the Ebola Outbreak

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who traveled to Sierra Leone this fall with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting the people of Sierra Leone. Here is an entry from November 19. (You can read Kelly's previous updates here.) 

An Update from the Front Lines of the Ebola Outbreak

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who has traveled to Sierra Leone several times. She is currently in Freetown with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting Sierra Leone. Below is an update from Kelly, on her arrival and first few days in Freetown.

Traveling to Sierra Leone to Fight Ebola

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who’s traveled to Sierra Leone several times with us and other organizations. Earlier this year, she was planning her eighth visit to the country—this time with COTN—when the Ebola outbreak forced us to cancel all Venture Trips to Sierra Leone. Still, Kelly felt compelled to go and use her medical training to help the people there. 

Mapping the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone

Updated Sept. 10, 2014

The current Ebola outbreak began with a 2-year-old in Guéckédou, Guinea, researchers believe. He died on December 6, 2013. His mother died a week later, then his 3-year-old sister, followed by his grandmother. 

Eight Ways to Pray for the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone

As of August 11, 2014, there have been no reported cases of Ebola in the Upper Banta chiefdom of Sierra Leone where COTN serves. However, the virus continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Our in-country staff are implementing precautions in order to prepare and protect the children to the best of their ability in case it does spread to our area. 

Ebola Updates

Updates from Sierra Leone

Please continue praying for our children and staff, and for all of West Africa. If you would like to be a prayer partner and receive weekly email updates on the Ebola situation, you can sign up here

Right now our children and staff are safe, and we are taking precautions to keep them out of harm's way.
You can help us stay prepared by giving to our Fight Ebola fund right here.

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