News: Sierra Leone

Former Orphan Who Tended Goats to Survive Now Attends College Sierra Leone
May 15, 2019 -
 
An orphan in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Amidu was the last to eat in the various families that took him in. They saw him more as a worker than a family member. So until he was nine years old, he spent his days tending goats—and not in school.
 
How You Are Saving the Lives of Children Like Alice Sierra Leone
A child at the clinic receives medicine
Feb 11, 2019 -
 
Fourteen-year-old Alice* lay sick in her home in a remote village, fearing for her life. She was in desperate need of a doctor, but in rural Sierra Leone, health care is hard to find.  
 
Photos from Your Child's Christmas Party in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Children with their gifts
Jan 7, 2019 -
 
Thank you so much for making Christmas come alive for your sponsored child—and hundreds more! Here are some photos from the Christmas celebrations in Sierra Leone.
No Longer “A Go Wreck”: Massah’s Story Sierra Leone
Older Massah
Aug 27, 2018 -

Massah explains that without education the Krio phrase “a go wreck” (meaning “becoming a wreck”) would have described her life. “I wouldn’t go further.” Massah says. “I would just stay there, ‘a go wreck’ there.”


Massah was just ten months old when rebels attacked her village in Sierra Leone. Her mother was ill when they fled into the bush, and she died shortly after.

Photos from Your Child's Camp in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Soccer time
Aug 2, 2018 -
 
Thank you so much to everyone who made summer camp possible for our children in Sierra Leone! 
 
Your sponsored child had a blast playing games, worshipping, dancing, and learning about God. 
Thanks to You, Sierra Leone Students Dream Big Sierra Leone
Group of graduates
Jul 16, 2018 -
 
COTN–Sierra Leone students wrote essays as part their application for COTN’s University/Vocational Program. We are so proud of their hard work, and we had to share some of our favorite excerpts with you.
 
How Well Do You Know Sierra Leone? (Fun Quiz) Sierra Leone
Jun 5, 2018 -

1. What does the name Sierra Leone mean?
         A. Lion Mountains
         B. Noble Desert
         C. Deep Riverbed
         D. Leopard’s Savannah

"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.

Josie's Story: Freedom from Abuse Sierra Leone
Josie didn't know who to talk to
Feb 12, 2018 -

Every time Josie* went home from school, he was there.

When he began touching her, she didn’t know exactly why it felt wrong, only that it was wrong.

Thank You for Building Our Play Therapy Center Sierra Leone
Play Therapy Center being built
Feb 7, 2018 -

You recently helped us build a Play Therapy Center in Sierra Leone. Before now there was no quiet, private place for young children who had experienced trauma (anything from abuse to the death of their parents) to work through what had happened to them.