News: Sierra Leone

A Child's Story – Emmanuel Alpha of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Emmanuel Alpha of Sierra Leone
Jul 10, 2009 -

Emmanuel doesn’t remember his father. And what he remembers of his mother is sparse: she was good to him and his two sisters and three brothers. “She would give extra rice to me and my little sister when we were small,” he remembers.

"My African Adventure" – A Summer in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jul 10, 2009 -

This time last year, I woke up in another world every morning. It was a world I’d only seen in National Geographic or maybe on the Discovery Channel. A world just as real as mine here in America, but one I’d never experienced for myself. Sticky and sweaty from a humid night’s sleep, I would climb out of my mosquito net, eat food I’d never tasted before and venture out on a day in a foreign language with new people who looked and lived very differently than my norm.

"First Time Out" - An Athletics Meet in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Track and field event
May 18, 2009 -

Within four weeks of their own impressive sports meet held at Ngolala, Mallory Jansen Memorial Junior High School in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone was invited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in collaboration with regional organizers to prove their mettle away from home grounds.

The students would compete among longer established schools in a much bigger and standardized arena at their first inter-secondary schools athletics meet in Banta district.

A Child's Story - "Jackson" of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
May 18, 2009 -

Dressed in a “Life’s a Beach” T-shirt from a holiday he never took to Hawaii, "Jackson" punches the air with excitement as the DJ skips to the next track. This is "The M68," a youth club run by Children of the Nations (COTN) in Sierra Leone, and the teens are tearing up the dance floor. Jackson does a ridiculous dance around an M68 leader, singing loudly, with his bum sticking in the air.

A Child's Story - Katumu Williams Sierra Leone
Katumu and Baby Rebecca
May 18, 2009 -

Katumu Williams was born on a Sunday. 7am on Sunday, April 4, 1992 to be exact. Sixteen years later at 9am on January 27, 2008, also a Sunday, Katumu gave birth to a baby girl of her own, later named Rebecca by "Mama Angie," COTN-Sierra Leone Country Director.

Rabbit Soup In Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Apr 16, 2009 -

Earlier this year, Arlene Raub, Children of the Nations–International Sierra Leone Liaison, introduced an exciting item amongst the list of activities lined up for 2009 in pursuance of the new “ownership concept” being embraced by COTN family members: the “Rabbit Project.” At the first meeting held earlier this year in Sierra Leone, as department heads plotted out the way forward for 2009, they considered the project proposed made by “Aunty” Arlene.

Paying It Forward - Ownership Fever In Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Apr 16, 2009 -

“Ownership Fever” is spreading like wildfire through the Children of the Nations (COTN) family in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone. Since the idea arose the end of the year on the emergence of the global credit crunch, COTN–Sierra Leone staff has been responding positively to the challenge of self-sustainability if an effort to keep the ministry alive.

A COTN Senior Secondary School in Sierra Leone! Sierra Leone
Mallory Jansen Senior Secondary School building being erected in Banta
Apr 3, 2009 -

Last month, Mr. John Turray, COTN-SL Education Supervisor and principal of the Mallory Jansen Junior Secondary School in Banta, embarked on a task that aims at fast tracking the reduction of high rate of illiteracy in Sierra Leone as well as reduce the burden on already impoverished parents to find senior school for their children in Banta Chiefdom who take and pass the BECCE (Basic Education Certificate Exam).

Andy Chinn - Second Time Around Sierra Leone
Andy Chinn and "his heart," baby brother Andy
Mar 31, 2009 -

"I am back to collect what I left behind—my heart," was the opening statement made by Pastor Andy Chinn [of Peninsula Bible Fellowship in Bremerton, Washington] last month at the welcoming program held in his honor at Senehun village in Sierra Leone. It was his second visit to the Banta chiefdom within nine months.

Fati's Story - From Hunger to Hope Sierra Leone
Mar 20, 2009 -

As Children of the Nations has ministered in Sierra Leone for over ten years, the faces and names of children suffering from malnutrition have made it very real and personal. COTN strives to provide hope and healing through our Malnourishment Clinic and efforts to educate parents about proper nutrition.