George, Adama, Isaac, and Jebbeh: Four Lives You Are Changing

09/27/16

At first glance, it might not be obvious that Ngolala, Sierra Leone, is an unusual village. As is typical for this area, the villagers live in mud-walled homes with thatched roofs, and chickens peck by doorways.

But if you look a little closer, you will find signs of the lives you’ve changed. Ngolala is part of Children of the Nations’ Village Partnership Program. There's a school at COTN's nearby campus. There’s a bustling Saturday market, selling fish, clothing, eggs, and more.

You will also find the William E. Clark Skills Center, which provides vocational training to COTN students and to local youth and adults. Training includes tailoring, tie-dyeing, batik, traditional weaving, and soap making. 

George, Adama, Isaac, and Jebbeh are all supported by sponsors like you, and they all attend COTN’s school. This school is unique to the area because it offers a complete education, from preschool through high school.




George’s family moved to Ngolala from Mokende, about an hour's walk away. Many families in Ngolala moved there from Mokende to be closer to COTN. George’s mom and grandma were sick at the time, and his father, Tommy, is blind, so the COTN clinic in Ngolala—which provides affordable healthcare thanks to a partnership with the Sierra Leone ministry of health—has been a huge blessing to his family.

George has eight siblings and his family is so poor that four of his siblings are cared for by neighbors. Through your giving, COTN helps George’s family with his education, shoes, and other supplies. When Tommy is sick, he can get medicine from the COTN clinic.

Tommy prays that God will continue building opportunities for George’s future. George wants to be a doctor when he grows up so that “When I see sick people in my community, I can help them.”




Adama is 11 years old and lives with her mother, who is raising six children by herself.

Adama’s mother appreciates that COTN provides meals through its school—this takes a big burden off many families in the village.

Adama said her favorite thing about COTN is that now she is getting an education. Adama also likes the fun of picking up new items, like shoes and soap, when shipments of your donations (like Hygiene SmilePacks) come in.

Math is Adama’s favorite subject. She wants to be a teacher when she is older. Adama knows her sponsors by name and writes them often, saying “I love you, Auntie. Thank you.” (Adama still needs additional sponsors. You can sponsor her now!)




Isaac is 15 years old. He has four brothers and four sisters, and all of them go to the COTN school. Isaac’s favorite thing about COTN is his sponsors. He also loves to learn and loves that COTN teaches about God.

Isaac works on his family’s farm, growing rice and groundnuts. Families in Ngolola support themselves primarily through subsistence farming. Isaac helps “brush”—getting rid of weeds and grass—and plants traps for the squirrels.

Religious studies is Isaac’s favorite class, and he wants to be a pastor someday. (Issac still needs additional sponsors. You can sponsor him now!)




Jebbeh is 14 years old and has been at COTN for 10 years. She is the youngest of six siblings. Jebbeh lives with her mother, who is unable to work.

According to Jebbeh’s mother, the COTN school makes a big difference, especially with the spiritual lessons and the clinic. She says, “There is nothing like the school here. Most provide only education—not food and supplies.”

Jebbeh’s favorite subject is English, and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. Her favorite part of school is devotions with singing, dancing, and praying.

Jebbeh likes getting letters from her sponsors. They make her feel happy. She often writes back to say thank you and that she is praying for them.
 

 

When you give to COTN, you help to create huge changes in the lives of desperate children and their families. This whole village has changed because you have given clean water, education, food, health care, spiritual training, hygiene supplies, school supplies, clothing, and so much more. You are sharing God’s love with those who need it most.

Thank you!