News: Sierra Leone

A Child's Story: Ngardy Amara of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 15, 2010 -

Ngardy Amara finishes eating her bowl of rice and cassava. The bright-eyed eight-year-old is happy with the meal—it has filled her belly and satisfied her hunger. She puts her bowl away and prepares to listen to her teacher. She is in Class One at Children of the Nations’ (COTN) Mallory Jansen Memorial primary school in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone.

A Focus on Health and Hygiene in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Sep 27, 2010 -

According to a local story, a priest living in Serabu Village, ten miles from the Children of the Nations (COTN) ministry site in Sierra Leone, was in a meeting with some elders from the surrounding villages. He asked a question: “If you are walking along the bush path heading somewhere, what is it that will make you think you are approaching a village?” As reported, the elders turned to each other laughing, as the question was funny and simple. Answers were supplied, which were all correct.

A Prayer Hut for Our Children in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Sep 14, 2010 -

A bell rings out as the early morning sun peaks over the horizon in Sierra Leone’s Banta chiefdom. The bell—which is really the banging of an old truck wheel—is met with the shouting words, “Prayer time! Prayer time!” One by one, the 100 children who live in the Children of the Nations (COTN) Banta Children’s Village wander out of their beds—sleep still in their eyes with a yawn here and there.

A Venture Experience: Walking in the Shoes of her Sponsored Child Sierra Leone
Sep 10, 2010 -

Linsey Kluger was walking. Along a dusty, dirt road in the middle of Sierra Leone, she was walking the six miles that had led her to a village called Bumpeho. It’s the same walk that a young girl named Musu takes each day to get to and from Children of the Nations’ (COTN) school. Linsey wanted to sponsor this dedicated student—to ensure that Musu would continue her education despite the long trek. “I wanted to walk to her village. I wanted to experience her journey to school every day,” Linsey says.

COTN's Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Sierra Leone Ranks Top in Test Scores Sierra Leone
Sep 10, 2010 -

The waiting is finally over for fifty-eight students and their teachers in Sierra Leone.

A Child's Story: Shaka Sandy of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Aug 31, 2010 -

Shaka Sandy had never heard of Jesus. But in 2007, when Children of the Nations (COTN) began ministry in the rural area of Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone, Shaka’s life became different. He started attending COTN’s school, Mallory Jansen Memorial School. He also began to learn about Jesus. “Before I came to COTN, according to my family background, I was a Muslim and didn’t know about Jesus,” Shaka says.

A Global Intern Gains Thirteen “Sons” in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Aug 31, 2010 -

“My parents have both been to Sierra Leone a few times, so I thought I knew what to expect,” says Krystle Spoon, a Children of the Nations (COTN) Global Intern. “But when I got there, God told me: ‘Krystle, you’re going to have your own experience, and I’m going to give you that out of my grace.’ Suddenly, I was way out of my comfort zone!”

COTN's Senior Secondary School Begins Again in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Aug 20, 2010 -

Susan Ibrahim calls herself and her fellow students “pioneers.” And they are. Last year the thirty-two eager teenagers were the first class at Children of the Nations’ (COTN’s) senior secondary school at Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone. “We are pioneers,” she says, “because we have to start something for others.”

Sierra Leone Farm Awarded Grant Sierra Leone
Aug 20, 2010 -

Around 7 a.m. every school day, Spengy Kabia heads out to the Children of the Nations (COTN) Banta Farm with some of his brothers and sisters from COTN’s Banta Children’s Village in Sierra Leone. It’s about a five-minute walk from their houses on COTN’s property. There, Spengy does chores that rotate every few weeks—feeding the goats and pigs, cleaning out the stalls, caring for the garden, watering the plants, and pulling weeds.

Sierra Leone Teens Finish Secondary School Exam Sierra Leone
Jul 20, 2010 -

Massah Bunduka put her pencil down and breathed a sigh of relief. She had finally finished her exam! She looked around at her classmates and thought of the hard work they had all done to be there, taking this test. She couldn’t wait for the results, but right now, she was just glad to be finished. “The easiest exam was Religious Moral Education,” Massah says. “And the hardest for me was Home Economics.”