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She Taught Herself How to Read: Mercy's Story Uganda
Apr 23, 2018 -
 
“When Mercy grows up, she wants to be a Prime Minister.”
 
That’s what Mercy’s caregivers said when she first came to COTN–Uganda. She was just ten years old, but she was hardworking and had big dreams of helping others.
 
But until she came to COTN, Mercy didn’t have the opportunities to achieve these dreams. 
 
Getting Stuck on a Roller Coaster During a Power Outage in Malawi: A Father-Daughter Story United States
Aisha
Apr 10, 2018 -

What do you have in common with Brandon Albers, Seattle tech mogul? You both care deeply about children in need!

 

Brandon made the 2017 Puget Sound 40 Under 40 list for his work at L4 Digital. Maybe you even caught his interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal about his family and their love of serving others.

From Poverty to Independence: Yohane's Story Malawi
Yohane
Apr 9, 2018 -

Yohane makes benches out of . . . oil drums! And it’s thanks to you and COTN’s Business Connections program.

 

Uganda Is All Abuzz with Beekeeping Uganda
Emmanuel
Apr 9, 2018 -
 
When Emmanuel started beekeeping, it was a personal hobby. He had no idea it was the first step on his career path. 
 
Wordless Wednesday: Children at Play Dominican Republic
Homemade checkers in the Dominican Republic
Apr 3, 2018 -

"Birds fly, fish swim, and children play." — Dr. Garry Landreth

 Play is an essential part a child's development. Even when children have very little to play with, they find creative ways to make fun out of their surroundings. See if you recognize some of the games COTN children are playing in the photos below.

"A Good Daughter and a Transformer of Nations": Hawa’s Story Sierra Leone
Hawa in graduation gown
Mar 27, 2018 -

When Hawa came to COTN–Sierra Leone at the age of twelve, she was struggling academically and spiritually.

By the time Hawa turned three, she had no father in her life. Her mother struggled to support four children with the meager money she made from petty trading.

Water Changes Everything United States
Sierra Leonean child drinking
Mar 20, 2018 -

When you have easy access to clean water, it can be hard to remember how important it is, how much we need water for.

In honor of World Water Day (March 22), here are just a few of the reasons children around the world need access to clean water.

You Brought Clean Water to the Dominican Republic! Dominican Republic
Dominican girl practices washing her hands
Mar 15, 2018 -

By the end of this month, COTN–Dominican Republic will be completely water secure!

Important Changes to Your Child Sponsorship United States
Ugandan boy writing
Mar 14, 2018 -

If you sponsor a COTN child in the Village Partnership Program (including the I Love Baseball Program), there are some important changes coming to your sponsorship this spring. We know how much you love your sponsored child, and we’re so grateful for your continued partnership.

From Illiterate Student to School Teacher: Janet's Story Uganda
Young Janet
Mar 8, 2018 -

When twelve-year-old Janet first came to COTN–Uganda’s Children’s Home, she was finally able to attend school regularly. But twelve years old is pretty late to start an educational career. COTN staff described Janet as a “well-behaved, active, and friendly, young girl.” But they also noted: “She is easily distracted and needs someone to encourage her in school studies.”