News: Sierra Leone

The Soigner Fistula Project Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

Soigner (pronounced “swan-yay”) is a French word meaning “to heal.” The goal of the Soigner Fistula Project, a pilot-program under the direction of Children of the Nations, is to bring healing and transformation to young women suffering from a debilitating condition known as obstetric fistula in Sierra Leone, Africa. As a doula (a certified childbirth assistant) for the past twelve years, I help women and their partners prepare for birth with their heart, mind, and spirit. I believe that birth is one of the most powerful miracles that God has graced us with.

Malnutrition Claims the Life of Another Baby in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

In Dec. 2006 – Jan. 2007, I was able to be part of a short-term mission team to Sierra Leone, West Africa. While there we spent time at our ministry site in the rural chiefdom of Banta Mokelleh (an eight-hour drive up-country from the capital city of Freetown). Banta Mokelleh is the poorest chiefdom in all of Sierra Leone (which is the poorest country in the world). In Banta, we truly minister to the poorest of the poor.

Interns' Summer in Banta Mokelleh Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

Our last few weeks in Banta Mokelleh in Sierra Leone have been bittersweet. Sweet because every day we feel more and more a part of this community and the color distinctions seem to fade away as we share laughs and inside jokes with our friends. Bitter because even as I write this, it’s still hard to believe that it’s our last day here. This is the day we have all been dreading. Some of us are running around doing some last-minute cleaning and packing.

Rescuing an Orphan in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Oct 1, 2007 -

Since leaving my home in the UK and joining my husband Ian in Sierra Leone, I have been working at the Shepherd’s Hospice in the capital city of Freetown. The hospice is situated on the east side of the city, a poverty-stricken area which was badly affected by the terrible civil war of the late 1990s. The hospice was established to try and provide palliative care services for people dying from life-threatening illnesses, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and cancer.

New Land in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Apr 2, 2007 -

Approximately 100 acres of land in the Mosenessi area of Lower Banta was recently gifted to COTN! Sierra Leone Country Director Angie Myles and her husband Joe were looking to buy a small piece of land on which to build a church, as there was none in the area—but the chief refused their money. He would not take money from COTN, “who has done so much for us!” Angie and Joe are using their money to erect a temporary church. Pray for provision of funds to erect a permanent structure.

UNICEF Partners with COTN in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Mar 28, 2007 -

Impressed with our work in Banta, UNICEF has recently offered to partner with COTN in Sierra Leone. Details were finalized at a meeting earlier this month (March 1, 2007) when UNICEF met with COTN–SL Country Director, Angie Myles, and they announced they would provide program funding for two cheifdoms in Banta Mokelleh (Upper Banta and Lower Banta).

Big Buildings in Banta Sierra Leone
Jan 28, 2007 -

Construction on our Banta Mokelleh Children’s Village reached new heights this week as our nursery school is now at roof level. We are anticipating its completion in February. Our construction team is also making progress on our primary school and land was recently cleared for the building of the new children’s homes. Next up we will be digging a well that will provide utility water for the compound and construction process. Our children are excited about their new homes and look forward to moving in some time this summer!

New Year's Team Brings New Starts to Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jan 26, 2007 -

A team of eight from Washington State recently returned from serving the needs of our ministry in Sierra Leone. They brought New Year’s gifts for our children and staff and helped with the updating of our children’s profiles for the sponsorship program. Team members participated in a variety of ministry activities including teaching English to our older children, leading arts and craft classes, working on minor electrical problems and carpentry repairs, and completing physicals on our children in Freetown.