A Bigger Family Than They Ever Hoped For

04/08/13

Osman was eight years old, and his sister Hawa was only six, when their father died from kidney disease.  Their mother was very sick as well—too sick to care for her children. At that time, Hawa and Osman didn't know where their next meal would come from. They had no hope for their future. But today, thanks to you, their lives look very different.

 
Osman and Hawa have a hopeful outlook today, thanks to you.
                                              Osman and Hawa have a hopeful outlook today, thanks to you.
 
Shortly after their father died, a Children of the Nations (COTN) staff member in Sierra Leone learned of Hawa and Osman's dire situation. Because of partners like you, both siblings were able to move into COTN's Banta Children's Village.
 
Today, Osman lives in the House of Hope with eleven other boys. Hawa is in the House of Faith. She giggles as she explains she has ten sisters—girls from similar situations—in her home. "When we play, we make a lot of noise," she laughs. 
 
Hawa now lives with ten "sisters" in COTN's Banta Children's Village
                                                Hawa now lives with ten "sisters" in COTN's Banta Children's Village.
 
Both Osman and Hawa are able to attend COTN's school, thanks to their sponsors. They both like their classes—Osman looks forward to math classes, while Hawa prefers social studies.  They both dream of becoming teachers themselves one day. 
 
Osman dreams of becoming a math teacher when he grows up.
                                               Osman dreams of becoming a math teacher when he grows up.
 
"I like to help, that's why I want to be a teacher," says Osman. Hawa is a little more practical. "Teacher is a good job," she says, seriously. And of course she wants to teach her favorite subject, social studies.
 
Both Hawa and Osman have seen a spiritual transformation thanks to your care as well. They came from a Muslim family, but at the Children's Village both siblings have made the personal decision to follow Jesus. "I have learned that God protects me and keeps me safe," says Osman. When asked her favorite thing about COTN, Hawa's first response is, "I like to go to church." 
 
When asked his prayer requests, Osman's face lights up. "Please pray for my sponsors," he asks, "for God to give them provisions." Hawa asks that you pray for the health of her extended family, "because sometimes they get sick." 
 
Thank you for praying for, loving, and caring for these two children!
 
Thank you for praying for, loving, and caring for these two children
 
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