In Uganda, the school year goes from February to November, with "summer break" coming in December and January. Last month, in COTN's Anai-Okii Village Partnership Program in Uganda, every sponsored child had the opportunity to attend a special "summer" camp thanks to generous gifts from sponsors. And they had a great time!
If you walked by Children of the Nations’ high school in Malawi after school, you’d see an intriguing sight. Classes may be out for the day, but the students haven’t gone home. They are scattered across the campus in groups of twos and threes—under trees, in classroom corners, or leaning against the warm brick building in the afternoon shade—meeting with their mentors.
How do you protect yourself from something you cannot see?
This sounds like a quote from a Hollywood film, but sadly, it was a reality for thousands in Sierra Leone living through the Ebola crisis. This was especially true for the Children of the Nations campus in Ngolala in Upper Banta, which frequently had unknown visitors passing through from one village to the next.
The sun has set in Uganda, and six-year-old Elizabeth is almost done with her chores. She has walked to the river, filled her bucket high with water, and walked home with it carefully balanced on her head. She has taken a portion of this water, poured it into a basin, and bathed her baby cousin.
From the day they picked him up off the streets as a little orphan boy covered with sores, Steven knew there was something different about the people from Children of the Nations. “Hugging the kids, carrying them and holding their hands even though the kids were beyond being dirty, they never minded,” he marvels. To this day he’s wanted to be like them. This year, Steven, now a college graduate, has a unique opportunity to do so.
The following is a guest post from COTN partner Ben Garrison.
"[The Kingdom of God] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability..." - Matthew 25:14,15