News: Sierra Leone

Learning a Trade at the Skills Center in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Nov 20, 2009 -

Janet Kamara cuddled her newborn baby. At the same time, she did her part to make soap, a trade she had just about conquered. Janet, who was fifteen years old at the time, attended classes at Children of the Nations’ (COTN) Vocational Skills Center in Banta Mokelleh for about a year and a half.

Staff Spotlight: Kadie Kobba, Vice-Principal in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Nov 19, 2009 -

Kadie Norwo Kobba knew she’d work for Children of the Nations (COTN) when she grew up. “I made a promise to myself that after college [COTN] would be my first place to work before serving any other place,” Kadie says. “That has always been my dream.”

Bringing Sight to the Blind in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Titie Mannah of Sierra Leone
Nov 19, 2009 -

Everyone at the Mallory Jansen Memorial Primary School in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone rejoiced last month when Titie Mannah arrived at school. When you know her story, you, too, will join in the celebration.

SmilePacks®: A Beautiful Expression in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Nov 12, 2009 -

A bar of soap. A box of colored pencils. A bag of marbles. A small notebook. None of these items are hard to come by…in America. But for many of the orphaned and destitute children in the world, these small luxuries are nonexistent.

“Even basic toiletries essential to the children’s welfare are very expensive," said Samuel Ngoneh, Children of the Nations–Sierra Leone Resource Coordinator. "The parents of the community kids have great difficulty buying even a small tube of toothpaste.”

Firefighters and Swingsets to Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Our children in Sierra Leone anxiously awaiting visitors
Oct 22, 2009 -

American or African, children love to play. “One of the things that is of value to Children of the Nations is letting kids be kids,” said Kristen Bushnell, COTN–USA Director of Marketing and Special Events. “In Africa,” she continued, “this isn't always the case.”

Songs of Praise from Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 16, 2009 -

Frances Jongo loves to sing. She helps lead worship at her church and sings with her friends at school and in her village called Ngolala, which is about a five-minute walk from Children of the Nations' (COTN’s) school and Children’s Village in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone. Frances, 19, and her brothers and sisters attend COTN’s school in Banta.

Let There Be Lights! Sierra Leone
Sep 15, 2009 -

“What God has done to involve us in Banta is truly amazing,” said Dave Schertzer, Resource Director for COTN–USA. “God has chosen Children of the Nations to partner with Sierra Leoneans to build a school, orphan homes, feeding center and malnutrition clinic. This is amazing when you consider that Sierra Leone is one of the least infrastructure-built areas in the world… I mean, it’s really out in the bush.”

COTN's First High School Graduate in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Sep 15, 2009 -

Mark Drennan recently returned from spending more than a year in Sierra Leone serving with COTN as a Global Intern. Below are his thoughts after witnessing the first child from COTN’s Children’s Home in Sierra Leone graduate from high school this past July.

Words from a Child: Ishmael Mansaray of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Ishmael Mansaray of Sierra Leone
Aug 24, 2009 -

Twelve-year-old Ishmael, described as a “leader” by those who know him, comes from the village of Mosenesi in the chiefdom of Banta Mokelleh in Sierra Leone. Mosenesi is an extremely impoverished, rural village of about 700 people located about seven miles from our ministry center in Banta.

Seattle 285K Meal Marathon Food Arrives in Sierra Leone! Sierra Leone
Aug 18, 2009 -

A 40-ft. container containing 285,000 meals has finally arrived in Sierra Leone! The container of meals (packaged last May at the Seattle, Washington “285K Meal Marathon” at Mill Creek Foursquare Church in Lynnwood, Washington) made the long trek from Seattle, passing through the ports of Canada, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Egypt, going through the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, and the Mediterranean, changing ships in Spain, making its way through the Strait of Gibraltar, and finally down the west coast of Africa arriving in Freetown in early July.