Imagine creating a gourmet meal using only ingredients available in rural Sierra Leone. It might sound like a challenge, but the students at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida, were up for it. They partnered with Children of the Nations (COTN) to create a book of 50 recipes for COTN's hospitality staff in Africa and the Caribbean.
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.