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Trauma Counseling in Barlonyo and Abia IDP Camps Uganda
Oct 26, 2007 -

In the month of September 2007, we carried out counseling sessions in two different displacement camps, Barlonyo and Abia camps. We traveled there daily throughout the week to do counseling as well as help identify orphaned and destitute children, especially those from child-headed households who could be admitted into our COTN–Uganda children’s home.

Tejan Margay – An Update United States
Oct 26, 2007 -

Tejan Margay came to our Children’s Home in Marjay Town, Sierra Leone in the fall of 2003. As a young child, before coming to Children of the Nations, Tejan fell from a mango tree, which resulted in a broken leg and a broken jaw bone. Due to the lack of proper medical facilities in the area he lived in, Tejan’s leg never properly healed and his jaw became fused to his skull. Because he could not open his mouth to eat, over time he became extremely malnourished.

Feeding Uganda's Children Uganda
Oct 1, 2007 -

For the past two decades, Uganda has served as the stage for a civil war between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government—innocent civilians cast as the involuntary “extras” in this real-life nightmare. As this war has raged on, thousands of children have been abducted by the rebel soldiers who have subjected them to torture or sexual violence, and turned them into child soldiers (many as young as eight or nine) conscripting them by force into their violent army.

The Soigner Fistula Project Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

Soigner (pronounced “swan-yay”) is a French word meaning “to heal.” The goal of the Soigner Fistula Project, a pilot-program under the direction of Children of the Nations, is to bring healing and transformation to young women suffering from a debilitating condition known as obstetric fistula in Sierra Leone, Africa. As a doula (a certified childbirth assistant) for the past twelve years, I help women and their partners prepare for birth with their heart, mind, and spirit. I believe that birth is one of the most powerful miracles that God has graced us with.

Malnutrition Claims the Life of Another Baby in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

In Dec. 2006 – Jan. 2007, I was able to be part of a short-term mission team to Sierra Leone, West Africa. While there we spent time at our ministry site in the rural chiefdom of Banta Mokelleh (an eight-hour drive up-country from the capital city of Freetown). Banta Mokelleh is the poorest chiefdom in all of Sierra Leone (which is the poorest country in the world). In Banta, we truly minister to the poorest of the poor.

A New Farm in Malawi—A Future of Feeding Malawi
Oct 1, 2007 -

Last week, Tom Mambo (Malawi Country Director) and the board of trustees visited Nchi Chere Farm (pronounced chee-CHAIR-ee), a 350-acre farm COTN has the opportunity to purchase. The Malawi Board of Directors recently approved the purchase and COTN President Chris Clark will visit Malawi later this month to give final approval. Pray that the property is all we anticipate it to be and that it will be approved.

It's Not About Me Uganda
Oct 1, 2007 -

[Nancy Kilpatrick is a nurse from York, Maine, who first visited Africa in 2005 as part of a COTN Venture Team to Malawi. She returned to Malawi in 2006, leading her own medical team. Sensing God’s call to go to Uganda, Nancy became a member of a COTN trauma counseling team that ministered to children and adults living in displacement camps in Lira, Uganda in June 2007. The following is a post-trip reflection on our ministry in Uganda and her role in it.]

My New Friend, Miguel Dominican Republic
Oct 1, 2007 -

I would like to tell you about one of my friends from the Dominican Republic. His name is Miguel. He’s a small, 13-year-old from Don Bosco, one of the bateys where COTN operates a school. I met him last summer when I had come to play basketball at the school. Any time the children were playing basketball, he was sure to be found close by. This summer I got the chance to hang out a little more with Miguel, and I found out more of his life story. Miguel hangs out with a group of boys at Don Bosco who write and sing Christian Rap songs.

Knowing Less Every Day Dominican Republic
Oct 1, 2007 -

Regresé a mi casa más viejo
después de recorrer el mundo.
No le pregunto a nadie nada.
Pero sé cada día menos.

I returned home much older
after crossing the world.
Now I question nobody.
But I know less every day.
-Pablo Neruda

Interns' Summer in Banta Mokelleh Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

Our last few weeks in Banta Mokelleh in Sierra Leone have been bittersweet. Sweet because every day we feel more and more a part of this community and the color distinctions seem to fade away as we share laughs and inside jokes with our friends. Bitter because even as I write this, it’s still hard to believe that it’s our last day here. This is the day we have all been dreading. Some of us are running around doing some last-minute cleaning and packing.