News: Sierra Leone

A Child's Story: Susan and Susana of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jul 1, 2010 -

Ten-year-old twins Susan and Susana Grant have a lot in common. They both know what it’s like to grow up in a small, thatched-roof home in the village of Mosenesi, in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone. They both wash dishes, sweep, and carry water for their family. They’re both described as happy, intelligent, and respectful. They both name math as their favorite school subject.

But like most twins, the similarities end there. Personalities diverge, and the twins with matching names demonstrate that they are, like the rest of us, unique individuals.

Interns Learn the Value of Family in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jun 24, 2010 -

Three-year-old Musa will probably never know the huge impact he made on 19-year-old Kaytee Landram. Musa’s home is in Sierra Leone, where Kaytee spent the last few months as an intern with Children of the Nations (COTN).

Three-year-old Musa will probably never know the huge impact he made on 19-year-old Kaytee Landram. Musa’s home is in Sierra Leone, where Kaytee spent the last few months as an intern with Children of the Nations (COTN).

A Child's Story: Emmanuel Sesay of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jun 2, 2010 -

Emmanuel’s name means ‘God with us.’ It’s an appropriate name for a boy whose life is proof that God never left him.

COTN Hosts Football Competition in Banta Sierra Leone
May 26, 2010 -

For Steve Michael, a wheelchair is no obstacle to spreading the gospel—or to organizing football (soccer) tournaments.

Easter Clothes in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
May 6, 2010 -

Hand-making more than 100 dresses and shirts for children in Sierra Leone seems like a large task, but it’s one that Darlene Carpenter and Dresses for Orphans sought to accomplish. Having worked in ministry for more than 40 years with her husband Dan, Darlene Carpenter founded the organization Dresses for Orphans about two years ago. It combines two of her passions: children and sewing.

Knitting Catches On in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
May 3, 2010 -

COTN–USA Communications Director Pam Wright wasn’t sure what to expect when she arrived in Sierra Leone last February with duffel bags full of yarn. But after learning how to knit on a loom with her 12-year-old daughter Taylor a few years ago, Pam thought the activity might interest the teenage girls in House 9 in COTN’s Children’s Village in Banta Mokelleh. “Sierra Leoneans are so relational by culture,” she says.

Precious Ibrahim at University in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Apr 27, 2010 -

High up on Mount Aureol, looking down on Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, wind the paths of Fourah Bay College campus. Precious Ibrahim strolls along these little streets pointing to the various buildings she passes by.

A Child's Story: Isata Junisa of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Isata Junisa
Apr 2, 2010 -

Seventeen-year-old Isata Junisa is in her second year of junior secondary school in Sierra Leone. Why does she enjoy learning French so much? This beautiful girl breaks into a big smile and laughs as she answers the question. “Because I like to speak French! Bonjour! Ca va? Ca va bien merci, et toi?”

Spring Interns Head to Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Photo by Meegan M. Reid. Used with permission from Kitsap Sun.
Apr 2, 2010 -

On March 25, seven COTN Global Interns from Washington State headed out for Sierra Leone, where they will spend more than two months serving the hundreds of children in COTN’s care. Though COTN has interns in Sierra Leone every year, this group is different: it’s the first group of interns to serve during the spring, compared to the normal summer timeframe. They’ll join COTN Sierra Leone Liaison Mark Drennan, who will serve as their leader.

A Child's Story: "Jane" of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Mar 26, 2010 -

The following was written by Mark Drennan, who served as a Global Intern and a COTN consultant in Sierra Leone from June 2008 to August 2009.