Late in the afternoon, a small crowd of children gathers on the side of the road in rural northern Uganda. Their clothes are ratty, their eyes hungry. They lack almost every material thing you and I would consider essential. But there’s one thing they refuse to go without.
After almost 10 months of school closure due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, schools across Sierra Leone re-opened today. Though the government has declared it safe enough to begin classes, the threat of Ebola is not completely stamped out in Sierra Leone. The first day of school at COTN was a mix of joy and precaution. Here are some photos from the day:
A local Boy Scout troop just took on a global issue: fighting Ebola in West Africa. The troop, based in Bremerton, Washington, organized a drive to ship medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in Sierra Leone through Children of the Nations.
Twenty years ago, a young man named Magnus Beah stood guard over a warehouse full of furniture, food, and supplies as gunshots rang through the air. His city, Freetown, Sierra Leone, had been overtaken by brutal rebels. Different factions were looting the city, killing everyone in their path. The lucky ones escaped with only an arm cut off.
The clouds grew thick, but the students from Big John’s School in Malawi didn’t pay any attention as they expertly lined up outside for their hot meal. Suddenly it started pouring, a cold, heavy rain. The students didn’t budge.
Meet Angelica, Petra, Erini, and Mabinty, sponsored children from the countries we serve. They want to tell you how your letters make them feel, what they like to hear, and explain the special places they keep your letters.
Spoiler alert! They can’t wait until you send the next one.
Rabecca’s hands shook a little as she straightened her collar and prepared to walk into the interview. She knew and loved the COTN staff member who would be on the other side of the door, but she had never had a formal job interview before. “I was so nervous,” she laughs.