Sponsor Fatima Bangura

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Sierra Leone
Age: 
19
Current Grade: 
Tenth
Birthday: 
Sep 19, 2001
Reference Number: 
SL-01-0034
Typical Foods: 
Rice Soup
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Social Worker
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Language
Favorite Subjects in School: 
History
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Math
Favorite Bible Story: 
Elijah and the prophet Baal
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
Psalm 108
Personality Traits: 
Active
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Helpful
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent
Personality Traits: 
Responsible

Biography

Fatima came into our COTN Children's Home in 2002, as an infant. She now has a loving family of COTN parents and siblings. She enjoys singing in church and playing card games with friends. Her favorite colors are pink and blue. She helps in the home by cooking and carrying water. Through your sponsorship, Fatima has a home, her needs are being met, and she has increased opportunities and hope for her future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Banta Children’s Village

At COTN's Sierra Leone Children's Homes, children who were once orphaned now have a family. Thanks to sponsors like you, these children receive all the benefits of living in a typical home environment with loving parents and siblings. Your sponsorship provides them with an education, medical care, daily meals, and most importantly, hope for their future. Thank you for providing these children with the resources and care they need to grow up as people who will transform their nation.
Initial Assessed Needs:

  1. Orphans in need of care
  2. Lack of access to education
  3. Lack of medical care
  4. Lack of nutrition
  5. Children living in unsafe conditions

Date program launched: 2006
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Education at COTN's Mallory Jansen Memorial School (preschool through high school)
  2. Evangelism and discipleship
  3. Daily meals 
  4. Medical care 
  5. Skills Training Center
  6. Access to University/Vocational Program
  7. Farms
  8. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
Children of the Nations began its ministry with a focus on the most desperate children in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital. People like you began caring for these children by constructing an orphanage on the outskirts of Freetown. As the children grew, and sponsors like you helped to expand this ministry to include more children and better care, a change was needed. The Sierra Leone Children’s Homes were born out of a desire to provide our children with a more spacious and traditional African environment in which to grow up. Our Children’s Homes incorporate two things that are highly valued in African culture: family and community. Consisting of ten houses, the Sierra Leone Children’s Homes are located behind our Banta Ministry Center in the Upper Banta chiefdom of southern Sierra Leone. The homes sit on the same site as our school facilities, medical clinic, administrative offices, and farm. All of these facilities are situated near several villages, which allows our children daily interaction with local people and culture. Each home is staffed with a house mother who provides safe, nurturing care for the children. The mothers are assisted by aunties, and overall supervision and support is provided by a home father. With support from sponsors like you, we seek to provide these children with the resources and care they need to become well-rounded individuals who will have a positive impact on their community and their nation.
Statistics: 

Population: 5,743,725 (2014 est.)

Life Expectancy: 57 years

Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 182 deaths per 1,000 live births

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 58,000

Orphaned Children: 370,000

Secondary School Attendance: Boys—40%, Girls—33%

Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day: 52%

Sources: UNICEF, The World Factbook (2014)