Knowing Christ Deeply: Hawa's Story

Hawa sits with her Bible open and waits for each of her younger sisters to join her in the living area of their house at the Children of the Nations (COTN) Banta Children’s Village in Sierra Leone. After asking one of the others to lead some praise songs and a prayer, she starts to read from Genesis. Hawa has decided to take the girls through this book each evening and they are on the story of Noah.

Thank You for Sponsoring Me: Lydia's Story

Lydia dreaded the first day of school in Uganda

A Girl's Fate, Changed Because of You

"Without your support, Sikileti would have been married by now." Chikondi Kadongola's face becomes serious as he sits next to the eighth-grade girl in front of her home in Malawi. As a Children of the Nations (COTN) Village Partnership Program Coordinator, he knows that sadly this is the case for too many girls like her. Unable to afford education, they drop out of school and get married—sometimes as young as thirteen—in order to survive. 

School at Last! Saphalouna's Story

Marie's life was pretty typical for a young woman in Haiti. A single mother of four, she lived in a small home made of cheap concrete—mixed with sand to stretch the material farther. That's what everyone did, and she didn't think much of it. 

Making Beautiful Music: Wascar’s Story

The music from Wascar’s saxophone floats through the air. His mother sits proudly beside him, and can’t stop smiling. Eleven-year-old Wascar is a budding musician in the village of Altagracia, Dominican Republic, and also hopes to become a doctor when he gets older. His school principal, Wilson Cuevas, thinks Wascar has a good shot at accomplishing these goals. “He’s the most responsible student in the program,” Wilson says.

Summer Camp in Haiti!

Summer Camps have begun! Thanks to sponsors like you, as well as the Venture Team that raised additional money and worked hard to put on a camp, every child in our Haiti Village Partnership Program got to enjoy many summer activities last week, as well as a special day with their parents—tie-dyeing shirts, doing arts and crafts, playing games, and finally, going to the beach! 

Here are some photos from the week. Thank you to the sponsors, team, and other partners who made this possible! The children had a blast!

Meet Baby Kalebu!

If you've been to our Chitipi Farm Children's Home in Malawi, you know Kalebu. Only one and a half years old, he's the baby of the family there, and his "brothers" and "sisters" at the Children's Home love him. And with his biological brother Thomas, the two make quite an adorable, spunky pair. 

Meet One of the Graduates: Modester

On June 29, Modester will be among the first 40 students to graduate from COTN's secondary school in Malawi—an accomplishment she never thought was possible. Modester lost her father when she was very young and wouldn’t have been able to attend school without her sponsors. Thanks to people like you, she’s had the support she needs—everything from food to school supplies to spiritual guidance and encouragement—to complete school, as well as an excellent school to attend! Here are her reflections as she prepares for graduation:

He Was Never Supposed to Walk, Let Alone Graduate

They said Grecious would never walk.  Born with cerebral palsy in a village in Malawi, Grecious had no access to medical care or physical therapy. In rural Malawi, many children with disabilities end up ignored, abused, or even dead.

Your Favorite Letters

We asked sponsors the sweetest thing their child has ever written them in a letter. Here are some of the words and phrases that have touched your hearts (or made you giggle):

"I just opened my very first letter today... 'I always love your sweet words and encouragement that you give to me.'" -Nancy, COTN Sponsor

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