Sponsor Billard Kamara

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Sierra Leone
Age: 
17
Current Grade: 
Ninth
Birthday: 
Dec 17, 2000
Reference Number: 
SL-VP3-0010
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Cassava,Yams, Bananas
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Soccer
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Lawyer
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Bible
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Language
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Math
Favorite Bible Story: 
Adam & Eve
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
1 John 4:15
Personality Traits: 
Active
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent

Biography

Billard comes to our COTN family from the village of Mokpangumba, where he lives with his parents, grandmother, two sisters, and five brothers. His family is supported through farming and teaching, and they live in very poor conditions. Their house is made of mud and sticks with a metal roof. Billard helps his family at home by washing dishes and carrying water. He speaks the traditional languages of Krio and Mende with his family, but speaks English at school. Through your sponsorship, he has increased opportunities and hope for his future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Mokpangumba

Partners like you have helped the Mokpangumba Village Partnership Program grow and improve to provide essential care for children in need. Sponsorship ensures that children in Mokpangumba receive an education, food, medical care, job training, and much-needed resources. Partners like you have also set up Bible studies and summer camps the children enjoy.
Initial Assessed Needs:

  1. Very poor sanitation
  2. High illiteracy rate
  3. High malnutrition
  4. High infant and maternal mortality
  5. No access to medical care
  6. Female genital mutilation
  7. Cultic practices
  8. Very limited access to education
  9. No electricity or clean water

Date program launched: 2007
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Discipleship program through church
  2. Education at COTN's schools
  3. Nutrition provided
  4. Medical care
  5. Health Animators Program
  6. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
Mokpangumba, which lies across the river from our Banta Ministry Center in Sierra Leone, has a population of about 500, consisting mainly of women and children. The majority of people come from a Muslim background, but traditional African spiritual practices (including witchcraft, secret societies, and cultic activities) are prevalent. There is also a strong Christian presence because of a mission that worked in the village from the 1950s until the 1980s. Polygamy is common, resulting in large families with many children. Families support themselves through subsistence farming and fishing. Through the care of sponsors like you, the children of Mokpangumba have access to COTN’s medical clinic, feeding program, and a good education. Older children can attend COTN’s Mallory Jansen Memorial School at our ministry center in nearby Ngolala. COTN’s in-country staff has also built a small primary school in Mokpangumba for the youngest children. Our in-country staff provides spiritual support for the people of Mokpangumba through discipleship training and church services, and teaches improved health care practices through the Health Animators program. Through continued sponsorship, we seek to provide the children of Mokpangumba with the resources and care they need to become well-rounded individuals. By equipping these children and their caregivers with tools for success, they will grow up to create positive change in their community and ultimately 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)