Sponsor Mary Turay

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Sierra Leone
Age: 
9
Current Grade: 
First
Birthday: 
May 18, 2010
Reference Number: 
SL-01-0135
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Stew, Macaroni
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Skipping Rope
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Teacher
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Bible
Favorite Bible Story: 
Jesus' Birth
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
John 10:30
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Happy
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent
Personality Traits: 
Quiet
Personality Traits: 
Well-Behaved

Biography

Mary came into our COTN Children's Home in 2017, at the age of 6. She now has a loving family of COTN parents and siblings. She enjoys telling jokes and playing with friends. Her favorite color is white. She helps in the home by cleaning and sweeping. Through your sponsorship, Mary 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)