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!

We're Better Together: Meal Packaging Changes Lives Here and in Africa United States
Families from The Well wanted to give a gift to the families in Fullerton
Jun 17, 2014 -

For years, Jeff Davis has been serving troubled neighborhoods in Fullerton, California. This area, just outside of Los Angeles, has long dealt with gang violence and drug trafficking, among other problems. But this spring, Jeff’s church, The Well, along with several other local churches, took part in a citywide day of service to get their community involved in something positive. The service day, called Love Fullerton, included about 60 different projects for helping others. 

A Witness to 15 Years of Transformation Dominican Republic
Today, Rosaniris is a high school graduate and plans to go on to university
Jun 16, 2014 -

Rosaniris was seven years old when her community changed completely. A Dominican batey made up of mostly Haitian immigrants with no citizenship, the community of Los Robles had no school, no water, and no other basic resources from the government. Children ran around with few to no clothes on and amused themselves by fighting or throwing rocks.

To My Dear Dad Malawi
Mphatso came to live in our Children's Homes when he was five years old
Jun 12, 2014 -

For Father's Day this year, we asked several of the children in our sponsorship program to tell us who they looked to as a father. Mphatso of Malawi lost his parents when he was four years old. But because of your care and support, he has a new family. An amazing couple who serve on staff at COTN treat him and his brothers and sisters at the Children's Home as their own.

Wordless Wednesday: Children Caring for Children Malawi
Children caring for children in Malawi
Jun 11, 2014 -

You see it all over Malawi: small children carrying smaller children. Sometimes they're just helping mom and dad. But all too often, they're filling the roles of parents who are out of the picture for one reason or another.

Honoring the Father Figures in Our Children's Lives Uganda
Jun 10, 2014 -

For Father's Day, we asked some of the children to tell us about a father figure in their lives. Because so many of them have lost their parents, having adults in their lives who support them and who they can look up to is so important. Your support doesn't just provide children with resources like education, food, and clothing. You are also helping provide for the staff members who care for the children daily, often filling the roles of parents for them. 

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. 

Wordless Wednesday: Good Friends Uganda
Friends in Uganda
Jun 4, 2014 -

“Two are better than one … if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) 

Recipe from Haiti: Spicy Spaghetti Haiti
Spicy spaghetti from Haiti
Jun 3, 2014 -

Did someone say spaghetti for breakfast? This Haitian dish is typically served as the first meal of the day. But for those of us who can’t quite get on board with the thought of eating pasta for breakfast, this makes a tasty lunch or dinner. (Full disclosure: I chose to cook this for dinner.)