News: Sierra Leone

A Miracle and a Shared Name Link Two Lives on Opposite Sides of the World Sierra Leone
May 29, 2015 -

What happens when a baby born deep in the jungle of Sierra Leone is named after you? A few things: great honor and joy, a new sense of responsibility, and two lives on opposite ends of the globe that are now tied together in an amazing yet complicated way. 

With Ebola Fading, Students Return to School in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Apr 14, 2015 -

After almost 10 months of school closure due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, schools across Sierra Leone re-opened today. Though the government has declared it safe enough to begin classes, the threat of Ebola is not completely stamped out in Sierra Leone. The first day of school at COTN was a mix of joy and precaution. Here are some photos from the day:

Meet Magnus: The Man Leading the Mission to Care for Ebola Orphans Sierra Leone
Apr 7, 2015 -

Twenty years ago, a young man named Magnus Beah stood guard over a warehouse full of furniture, food, and supplies as gunshots rang through the air. His city, Freetown, Sierra Leone, had been overtaken by brutal rebels. Different factions were looting the city, killing everyone in their path. The lucky ones escaped with only an arm cut off. 

COTN Children Teach Villages How to Fight Ebola Sierra Leone
Feb 17, 2015 -

After two years of hard work, Alex Amara was ready for the final exam for his Diploma in Community Development last summer. As this 23-year-old who grew up in COTN’s Sierra Leone Children’s Homes sat in the exam hall of Jui Bible College just outside Freetown, the spread of the Ebola virus was intensifying. 

Twenty Years in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Feb 5, 2015 -

Jason Caldwell reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small memento from one of his first trips to Sierra Leone—a shell from an AK-47. Seventeen years later, he is bringing this remnant of his journey back to the country it came from, as a reminder of God's protection and plan.

COTN to Care for Orphans of Ebola Sierra Leone
Jan 29, 2015 -

Imagine watching your entire family die, one by one. 

Christmas Photos from Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jan 8, 2015 -

Thank you for making Christmas special for the children in Sierra Leone this year!

Because of the Ebola outbreak, this Christmas was a little different than usual. Public gatherings are prohibited right now, to prevent the spread of disease, so our children didn't have the parties they normally have.

Reflecting on My Time in Sierra Leone During the Ebola Outbreak Sierra Leone
Nurses as they wait for their next shift in the holding unit.
Dec 29, 2014 -

Kelly Melton is a Children of the Nations sponsor who traveled to Sierra Leone this fall with a medical aid organization, helping to set up Ebola treatment clinics. She has graciously agreed to share her trip journal, to give you a firsthand view of how the Ebola outbreak is affecting the people of Sierra Leone. Here is an entry from November 19. (You can read Kelly's previous updates here.) 

Celebrating Christmas Under Quarantine Sierra Leone
Dec 16, 2014 -

Children look forward to Christmas in Sierra Leone. This is the period when relatives who work in other parts of the country and the world come back home to celebrate. It is a time of family reunification. Traditional festivals are held. Marriages are mostly celebrated during the month of Christmas. People save throughout the year to celebrate Christmas. 

What Our Children in Sierra Leone Are Saying About Ebola Sierra Leone
Dec 4, 2014 -

Ebola is disappearing from headlines as other news stories push it aside. But the disease itself is still going strong. Last week, there were 537 new confirmed cases in Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization. The following thoughts come to you directly from our children in Sierra Leone, as they face this outbreak happening all around them.