News: Sierra Leone

Children's Health Shows Improvement in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Feb 18, 2011 -

Tanya Spoon sat in a cluster of teenage boys from the Children of the Nations (COTN) Children’s Village in Sierra Leone. One of them was 17-year-old Amidu Jalloh, who joined his brothers in asking Tanya questions about their health, their bodies, and the difficulties of teenage life. Tanya isn’t new to this experience—she’s an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and spent ten years as a nurse for the public school system in Kitsap County, Washington.

Children Learn Construction Skills in Africa Sierra Leone
Feb 18, 2011 -

Joseph Morrison listened closely to his technology teacher. The mild-mannered teenager attends class at the Children of the Nations (COTN) secondary school in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone. That day was special because the class was outside learning about COTN’s new Hydraform brick-making machine.

A Child's Story: Mohamed of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jan 21, 2011 -

From early in his life, Christiana knew her son was different. Though Mohamed was born healthy, at about seven months old he started experiencing different types of illnesses involving high fevers. Christiana took him to a clinic nearby her home in the village of Ngolala, Sierra Leone, Africa. When that didn’t work, she took him to a local village doctor—again with no results. She soon discovered that little Mohamed wasn’t able to hear or speak properly.

COTN–Sierra Leone is Named One of the Top Three Philanthropists in the Country Sierra Leone
Jan 21, 2011 -

This past October, Children of the Nations (COTN) in Sierra Leone was nominated for Philanthropist of the Year out of hundreds of non-government organizations in Sierra Leone. The nomination came from Sierra Leone–based All Works of Life Development Association (AWOL), an organization with the motto “Put Salone Fos” (Put Sierra Leone First). It is currently helping the government of Sierra Leone revamp its identity and encourage development and growth.

Volunteers Mentor Our Youth in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jan 20, 2011 -

This past October, two young adults—a lady and a young man—joined Children of the Nations (COTN) in Sierra Leone as volunteers in the area of youth development. They are trained as peer educators by Restless Development, an England-based organization that helps young people in conflict-affected and developing areas to become leaders in health, government, and job development within their country.

A Village Turns from Witchcraft to Christ with Help From COTN in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Dec 23, 2010 -

The crowd raised banners high in celebration as it paraded through the village toward the river. Singing voices and bits of clapping could be heard from the moving assembly of people. It was a day of excitement in the Banta Mokelleh chiefdom of Sierra Leone—it was the day of baptisms. “We had a service, prayer, and song,” says Eric Nachtrieb, COTN–USA Senior Director of Field Services who was part of the recent baptism ceremony in Sierra Leone.

President of Sierra Leone Sends Representatives to COTN's Five-Year Celebration Sierra Leone
Dec 23, 2010 -

It was a big celebration in Sierra Leone—big enough to attract the attention of the country’s president, Ernest Bai Koroma. He, along with about two thousand other people, planned to attend. Children and grandparents, government workers and village chiefs, staff and pastors—they were all invited to celebrate the five years that Children of the Nations (COTN) has been doing ministry in the Banta Mokelleh chiefdom of Sierra Leone.

NEST Film Project Engages Children in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
COTN children in Sierra Leone help set up a screen for the next film showing.
Dec 2, 2010 -

In Sierra Leone, a community gathered outside in a makeshift open-air “theater,” assembling around a large canvas and projector. Children and adults waited expectantly to view a movie, something many had never experienced before. While waiting for dusk to approach, leaders in the community gave speeches regarding the film and its importance.

A Child Visits Family in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 28, 2010 -

Holidays are taken seriously at Children of the Nations (COTN) in Sierra Leone. For a week or so during the summer—after summer school and summer camp have finished—many of the children in COTN’s Children’s Villages travel to visit their extended family. COTN–Sierra Leone staff believe that time with biological family is essential as the children grow and develop into who they are.

Connecting with a Child in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 15, 2010 -

Amber Rettke is a Certified Child Life Specialist at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. This past summer she was part of a Venture Team from Summit Church that served in Sierra Leone. Below, she writes about sponsoring a child she connected with while there.