Sponsor a child in Africa

Three Things Every Sponsor Should Know

It's easy to feel "out of the loop" when you sponsor a child on the other side of the world. You most likely know very little about their culture, daily life, challenges, and thoughts.  With younger children, communication is often difficult. If you're like me, you want to develop a meaningful relationship with your child—but how? 

Would You Like To Hear My Story?

The drums beat a rhythm followed by the voices of the dancers. It is Center Day in Sierra Leone—a day of outreach to the local community through song, dance, games, and other activities. Hundreds of people look on as the recently formed Children of the Nations (COTN) Cultural Dance Troupe glide, shake, and spin through their well-choreographed display.

Confessions of a Distracted Sponsor

I admit it. I'm a distracted sponsor. By "distracted" I mean there are so many pressing needs on my plate that often the last thing I think about is my two kids far away in Africa and the Dominican Republic. By "distracted" I mean there is a great disparity between the number of letters and small gifts I want to send them, and the number that actually make it into the mail.

Portraits of Hope: Children Capture Their Lives on Film

In January, my Venture Team had the pleasure of teaching the kids in COTN's Uganda Children’s Village simple design elements and aspects of photography at a skills camp. We brought a Fujifilm Instax camera, which is your modern-day inexpensive version of a Polaroid, to introduce the children to self-portraits. We explained the concept, and the kids rushed to form a line to have their pictures taken.

Saturdays in Sierra Leone

As a Children of the Nations (COTN) international liaison, Mark Drennan splits his time between Banta, Sierra Leone, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He recently wrote about his typical Saturday in Banta, and the huge impact your resources, support, and prayers are making on our education programs there.  

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