Sponsor Veronica Turay

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Sierra Leone
Age: 
17
Current Grade: 
Eleventh
Birthday: 
Feb 10, 2002
Reference Number: 
SL-VP1-1023
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Bananas, Cassava Leaves
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Dancing
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Deputy Minister of Defence
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Language
Favorite Subjects in School: 
History
Favorite Bible Story: 
Jesus' Temptations
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
Isaiah 55:6-8
Personality Traits: 
Active
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Helpful
Personality Traits: 
Responsible

Biography

Veronica comes to our COTN family from the village of Ngolala, where she lives with her parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, two sisters, and three brothers. Her mother works for COTN and her father works in foreign trade. Their house is made of mud and sticks with a metal roof. Veronica helps her family at home by cooking and washing dishes. She speaks the traditional languages of Krio and Mende with her family, but speaks English at school. Through your sponsorship, she has increased opportunities and hope for her future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Ngolala

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

  1. High illiteracy rate
  2. Malnutrition
  3. High infant and maternal mortality
  4. No access to medical care
  5. Female genital mutilation
  6. Cultic practices
  7. Limited access to school
  8. No electricity or water

Date program launched: 2006
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Education (preschool through grade 13)
  2. Skills Training Center
  3. Church of the Nations
  4. Malnutrition clinic
  5. Farm
  6. Health Animators Program
  7. Medical care provided
  8. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
The Ngolala (pronounced GWOL-uh) Village Partnership Program includes several villages surrounding the Children of the Nations Banta Ministry Center in Sierra Leone. These villages lacked medical care, clean water, and schools before partners like you began providing these things. Infant mortality and illiteracy are high in this part of Sierra Leone. The majority of people in this region come from a Muslim background, but traditional African spiritual practices (witchcraft, secret society rituals, and cultic activities) are also prevalent. Polygamy is practiced as well, resulting in large families with many children. Families support themselves primarily through subsistence farming. Because of partners like you, children in Ngolala and the surrounding villages have access to COTN’s Therapeutic Feeding Center, the Mallory Jansen Memorial School (primary and secondary education), and COTN’s medical clinic at our nearby Banta Ministry Center. COTN’s Church of the Nations, which has branches in several of these villages, is making a positive impact on the spiritual lives of the people as well. By partnering with sponsors like you, we seek to provide the children in this part of Sierra Leone 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)