News: Sierra Leone

Celebrating Center Day in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Sponsored children demonstrate a science experiment in Sierra Leone
Mar 18, 2013 -

Safety goggles secure, the students carefully tipped baking soda into their bottle of vinegar. The crowd—hundreds of children from rural Sierra Leone—watched wide-eyed in amazement as a balloon inflated, seemingly by itself. The students grinned as the crowd cheered. Their performance was a success. 

Would You Like To Hear My Story? Sierra Leone
Today, Mabinty is a beautiful example of the difference your support can make
Mar 7, 2013 -

The drums beat a rhythm followed by the voices of the dancers. It is Center Day in Sierra Leone—a day of outreach to the local community through song, dance, games, and other activities. Hundreds of people look on as the recently formed Children of the Nations (COTN) Cultural Dance Troupe glide, shake, and spin through their well-choreographed display.

Saturdays in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Dedicated students spend Saturdays studying, using books donated by you.
Feb 11, 2013 -

As a Children of the Nations (COTN) international liaison, Mark Drennan splits his time between Banta, Sierra Leone, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.  He recently wrote about his typical Saturday in Banta, and the huge impact your resources, support, and prayers are making on our education programs there.  

To Banta and Beyond: Your Impact Reaches Far in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Umu has to walk a long way to get to COTN's school
Jan 2, 2013 -

Faith in every footstep, twelve-year-old Umu walks the six miles to school every day from her village in the Banta region of Sierra Leone. The day starts early as Umu gets up before sunrise and prepares for her journey. She used to walk with a friend but this friend recently moved closer to the school. Now Umu makes the trek alone. “I am the only one left on the road,” she says. 

A Renaissance Man in the Making: Spengy's Story Sierra Leone
Spengy has many interests, and loves to help Venture participants with projects.
Dec 7, 2012 -

Sixteen-year-old Idrissa, or “Spengy” as everyone calls him, asks question after question with a look of amazement and disbelief on his face. He is sitting in his first class at Children of the Nations' (COTN's) new science laboratory in Banta, Sierra Leone, and is blown away by the new world he has discovered.  It's his first time using a microscope, and he is amazed.  “It was my very first time to see the different parts of a cell. It was very surprising to see the parts that were on the slide made to be so big!” he remarks.

Bikes Multiply Disciples in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Buy a bike through COTN's gift catalog!
Nov 8, 2012 -

If you think you have to get up early to make it to church, think again.  Osman Kanu, a lay pastor and teacher at the Children of the Nations (COTN) Skills Center in Sierra Leone, begins his Sunday morning while it is still dark.

The Sailor Who Hasn't Seen the Sea: Christian's Story Sierra Leone
Christian is now a tall, healthy young man
Oct 18, 2012 -

When Christian came into Children of the Nations' (COTN) care at age four, COTN staff members weren't sure if he knew how to smile.  All his pictures from that first year show an empty expression—his mouth slightly open and eyes blank as he stares into the camera.  Severe lack of nutrition and emotional neglect had so greatly stunted his development that he neither smiled nor spoke.  His teeth were decaying, and his body showed signs of malnutrition.

Resources Reach a Remote Village, Thanks to You! Sierra Leone
Isha is glad to have a warm blanket this rainy season
Sep 28, 2012 -

Over the past year, partners, sponsors, and Venture participants have come together to make sure that every child in the Children of the Nations (COTN) Village Partnership Program gets a new blanket this rainy season.  Venture participants have also mobilized to provide these children with sturdy flip-flops.  Together, you were able to provide for every single child.  This is a miracle in itself.  But getting those resources to our most remote villages is a whole different story.  COTN's Si

Summer Classes Prepare Children and New Teachers for a Great School Year Sierra Leone
Christian and Ibrahim practice reading together
Sep 19, 2012 -

School has resumed again in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone, bringing with it lots of energy and activity.  But the summer break is still in the mind of Christian, a 12-year-old boy from the Children of the Nations (COTN) Banta Children’s Village.

Rescued for a Reason: Kofi Tells His Story Sierra Leone
At COTN's Banta Children's Village in Sierra Leone, all of Kofi's needs are met.
Sep 5, 2012 -

Eight years ago, at age eight, Kofi was found on a beach in Sierra Leone—homeless, malnourished, and exhausted from trying to care for himself. When Children of the Nations–Sierra Leone staff offered him refuge—a home, a family, and the chance to attend school—Kofi was reluctant and scared. The streets were all he knew.