Sponsor Fatmata Abu

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Sierra Leone
Age: 
22
Current Grade: 
University Year 1
Birthday: 
May 23, 1996
Reference Number: 
SL-UNV01-0074
Typical Foods: 
Ground nut Soup
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Music
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
NGO worker
Favorite Bible Story: 
Creation
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
Exodus 15:11
Personality Traits: 
Cooperative
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent
Personality Traits: 
Respectful
Personality Traits: 
Responsible

Biography

Fatmata came into our COTN Children's Home in 2003, at the age of seven. She enjoys watching movies, listening to music, and reading books. She has graduated from high school and is enrolled in COTN's University/Vocational Program. She is studying Development Studies at University of Makeni and plans to work for a non-government organization in her future. Through your sponsorship, Fatmata has the opportunity to make a difference in her community.

Program Profile

Sponsors like you are helping students from some of the poorest parts of Sierra Leone receive a high-quality education. Through your sponsorship, young men and women who once had no chance of earning an income and supporting their families are seeing a world of opportunities open up before them. Thank you for providing these opportunities by sponsoring a student.

Our University/Vocational Program has two phases:
Phase One: Gap Year – The gap year gives students practical work experience that prepares them for the next phase of their education. It also gives them a chance to work within COTN in an area of interest, letting them contribute to the ministry in a meaningful way.
Phase Two: Attend University or Vocational School – After completing the gap year, students begin their course of study in school. The length of time they spend in this phase depends on their school and area of study.

Graduates of the University/Vocational Program have already become doctors, teachers, and other professionals. As our children grow up, hundreds more students will enter the program in the coming years.

Benefits/services provided may include: Tuition, room and board, books, materials, travel costs.

Program Description: 
One of the main factors contributing to poverty in developing countries is a lack of education. Young adults who are unable to obtain the knowledge and skills that universities and vocational schools provide are also unable to secure good jobs, provide for their families, and give back to their communities. In Africa, just seven percent of the population continues their education after secondary school. COTN and its partners recognize that well-educated professionals are the people shaping their nations and breaking the cycles of poverty and illness in their families and communities. By sending students in Sierra Leone to vocational schools and universities, COTN seeks to empower young men and women to find their place in the economy, provide for their future families, serve their communities, and raise their nation out of poverty. We have already seen students graduate from universities and vocational schools, preparing to serve the next generation as doctors, lawyers, teachers, electricians, mechanics, business people, and more. With the skills they’ve learned and the care they’ve received from COTN, we are convinced these students will transform their nations. Our current programs include sending students to universities or vocational schools to study Christian ministry, community development, and business administration.
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)