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How Well Do You Know Sierra Leone? (Fun Quiz) Sierra Leone
Jun 5, 2018 -

1. What does the name Sierra Leone mean?
         A. Lion Mountains
         B. Noble Desert
         C. Deep Riverbed
         D. Leopard’s Savannah

Wordless Wednesday: Dance Break! Uganda
Little boy dancing
May 22, 2018 -

COTN children and staff love to dance. Dancing has an important place in the culture of each COTN country. Below you will find photos of traditional dances and contemporary choreography; you'll see young women showing off their ability to balance pots on their heads and crowds dancing with chairs. Any time there's something to celebrate, there's a reason to dance.

If You Believe: Seeing God’s Power in Haiti Haiti
A boy plays in the dirt
May 10, 2018 -
 
Cassia Burke, former COTN staff writer, recently took her first trip to Haiti as COTN's Haiti country liaison. While there, she witnessed God at work, and she was kind enough to write down her experience and share it with us.
 
4 Reasons Why a Mosquito Net is a Surprisingly Perfect Mother's Day Gift United States
Girl with blue mosquito net
May 1, 2018 -

A mosquito net may seem like a small, simple thing. But for children in need, it is a life-saving gift. And it's a gift that represents the qualities of a great mother:

She Taught Herself How to Read: Mercy's Story Uganda
Apr 23, 2018 -
 
“When Mercy grows up, she wants to be a Prime Minister.”
 
That’s what Mercy’s caregivers said when she first came to COTN–Uganda. She was just ten years old, but she was hardworking and had big dreams of helping others.
 
But until she came to COTN, Mercy didn’t have the opportunities to achieve these dreams. 
 
Getting Stuck on a Roller Coaster During a Power Outage in Malawi: A Father-Daughter Story United States
Aisha
Apr 10, 2018 -

What do you have in common with Brandon Albers, Seattle tech mogul? You both care deeply about children in need!

 

Brandon made the 2017 Puget Sound 40 Under 40 list for his work at L4 Digital. Maybe you even caught his interview with the Puget Sound Business Journal about his family and their love of serving others.

From Poverty to Independence: Yohane's Story Malawi
Yohane
Apr 9, 2018 -

Yohane makes benches out of . . . oil drums! And it’s thanks to you and COTN’s Business Connections program.

 

Uganda Is All Abuzz with Beekeeping Uganda
Emmanuel
Apr 9, 2018 -
 
When Emmanuel started beekeeping, it was a personal hobby. He had no idea it was the first step on his career path. 
 
Wordless Wednesday: Children at Play Dominican Republic
Homemade checkers in the Dominican Republic
Apr 3, 2018 -

"Birds fly, fish swim, and children play." — Dr. Garry Landreth

 Play is an essential part a child's development. Even when children have very little to play with, they find creative ways to make fun out of their surroundings. See if you recognize some of the games COTN children are playing in the photos below.

"A Good Daughter and a Transformer of Nations": Hawa’s Story Sierra Leone
Hawa in graduation gown
Mar 27, 2018 -

When Hawa came to COTN–Sierra Leone at the age of twelve, she was struggling academically and spiritually.

By the time Hawa turned three, she had no father in her life. Her mother struggled to support four children with the meager money she made from petty trading.