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Ugandan Children Take a Trip to the Source of the Nile River Uganda
Aug 26, 2015 -

Uganda is a beautiful country, full of historical and natural landmarks, including the source of the Nile River and Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the continent of Africa. 

But most of our students have never traveled much further than walking distance from their village and our school. That's why it's become a tradition for COTN's seventh-grade class to take a study tour. Come see the sights of Uganda with them as you enjoy these pictures!

Photos from Center Day in Uganda Uganda
Aug 20, 2015 -

The school year goes from February to December in Uganda, and classes run through the summer. Children will attend "summer" camp in December, when their break begins. 

But meanwhile, the summer months are packed with visiting Venture teams, and plenty of excuses for fun. One of our traditions in Uganda is to hold "Center Day," a day of performances, games, and learning that the whole community is invited to enjoy. 

Building Our First Fish Ponds in Malawi Malawi
Aug 18, 2015 -

The children at COTN's Chitipi Farm Children’s Home in Malawi will be eating fresh fish for Christmas this year.

I Must Tell My Story: Ireen Banda of Malawi Malawi
Aug 10, 2015 -

Sitting in the American camp office and laughing about campers and cultural differences, you couldn’t feel farther away from the harsh world Ireen paints with her stories. But they are her life—though it’s hard to believe this soft-spoken, confident, beautiful young Malawian woman was once fighting on the street for food to bring back to her abusive father and dying mother. 

It Takes a Village to Build a School Sierra Leone
Aug 3, 2015 -

Esther placed her load in the dugout canoe and prayed it wouldn’t sink. Sweat poured down her arms and face as she secured the bricks in the boat.

Summer Culture Shock: Malawi Students Serve at American Camp United States
Jul 29, 2015 -

A group of American children huddled around a young Malawian man in the dark cabin, enthralled with his stories. “You mean you have cars and houses in Africa?” one asked in disbelief. Their Malawian camp counselor wasn’t offended or hurt by their stereotypes. His huge grin turned into a long laugh. “Yes! We have them! We don’t all live in the bush!”

With God All Things are Possible: Promise's Graduation Story Malawi
Jul 27, 2015 -

“If it wasn’t for COTN, I would be married by now,” Promise begins her story.

Crossing Africa to Achieve a Dream: N'gardy Graduates from College Sierra Leone
Jul 22, 2015 -

Two years ago a young woman who had never even left her country set off on a journey across Africa. Her goal was to earn a college degree—an accomplishment both rare and difficult where she comes from. The path she took to get there certainly wasn’t typical. But then again, no former orphan girl from a remote village in Sierra Leone who earns a college degree could be called typical. 

Pick Up the Phone, God Is Calling You to Sponsor a Child Malawi
Jul 16, 2015 -

When I was a kid, our telephone was mounted to the wall in the kitchen; its long, curly cord almost touched the floor. We didn’t have an answering machine so when the phone rang, we answered. 

Every call was an invitation to live life, to adventure—just like the call Eugene Choi answered six years ago, in the middle of Malawi.
Born to Serve: Carolina Returns to Her Haitian-Dominican Community Dominican Republic
Jul 7, 2015 -

Kids growing up in Carolina’s community have one goal: to get out.