News: Sierra Leone

Mapping the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Aug 28, 2014 -

Updated Sept. 10, 2014

The current Ebola outbreak began with a 2-year-old in Guéckédou, Guinea, researchers believe. He died on December 6, 2013. His mother died a week later, then his 3-year-old sister, followed by his grandmother. 

Eight Ways to Pray for the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Thank you for your prayers
Aug 11, 2014 -

As of August 11, 2014, there have been no reported cases of Ebola in the Upper Banta chiefdom of Sierra Leone where COTN serves. However, the virus continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Our in-country staff are implementing precautions in order to prepare and protect the children to the best of their ability in case it does spread to our area. 

Wrapped Up in the Heart of God By a 5-Year-Old Sierra Leone
Compelled by God's fatherly love, I picked him up and prayed for him
Jul 29, 2014 -

Our team had been through 10 full days of work in Sierra Leone, filled with opportunities to remind staff, pastors, and local community leaders that the best way to love God was by loving others. 

10 Things You Might Not Know About Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
The Cotton Tree is a historic symbol in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone
Jul 22, 2014 -

Sierra Leone is beautiful, green, and mountainous. It has suffered through a long, dark history, but things are changing for the better. Learn more about the country your sponsored child calls home:

Wordless Wednesday: Saturday Market Sierra Leone
Saturday market in Ngolala, Sierra Leone
Jul 16, 2014 -

Since Children of the Nations started ministry in Ngolala, Sierra Leone, a lively Saturday market has developed. It's a gathering place where children and adults alike flock every week to buy and sell goods, catch up on local news, or goof around.

Celebrating a Different Kind of Freedom in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jul 3, 2014 -

How do you celebrate your freedom?

As Americans everywhere are celebrating our country's independence this weekend, children in the African countries we serve are celebrating a different kind of freedom. 

Building a School in the African Jungle Sierra Leone
Jun 23, 2014 -

School is out for the day, but the children are all still working. They roll a little piece of cloth over the crown of their head and one by one, they help each other stack heavy red bricks on top. One, two, three, even four bricks high they stack them—as far as their hands can reach to steady them. The biggest boys take five.

Wordless Wednesday: Nail Party Sierra Leone
Jun 18, 2014 -

It's amazing how a few bottles of nail polish and an hour or two can turn absolute strangers into the best of friends in Sierra Leone. Just don't touch your nice clothes with your freshly-painted nails, kids!

Raising Nine Children in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Battu with her nine children (plus a few friends) in 2008
Jun 9, 2014 -

It's hard enough to imagine providing for nine children here in the United States. But imagine raising such a large family in a place with no school or hospital—and very few ways to earn a living. 

Celebrating One Year of Clean Water in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jun 5, 2014 -

It was the dry season in Sierra Leone, which meant that everything involving water— bathing, washing clothes, cooking, and even drinking—was difficult for Mamie.