Local Businessman Seeks to Build Orphanage in Liberia

    Mission Viejo, CA – June 2, 2010 – Local businessman Bruce Donoho, the president and CEO of California-based Bird B Gone, returned from a two-week fact-finding trip to West Africa with a mission to build an orphanage in Liberia.

    The Orange County resident traveled to Liberia with Chris Clark, Children of the Nations (COTN) founder and international president. COTN is a non-profit organization based in Silverdale, Washington that ministers to orphaned and destitute children, operating schools, medical clinics, and feeding centers in Africa and the Dominican Republic.

    Donoho and Clark performed a feasibility study—looking into the needs of orphans and destitute children, exploring options for launching ministry there, and meeting with government officials.

    Donoho spent several years in Liberia as a child. His father was a civil engineer, who built the Port of Buchanan and the railway to the Nimba Mountains. Clark also spent part of his childhood in Liberia with his missionary parents. Forty years later, Donoho returned with Clark to Liberia and hopes to make a positive impact on a country that suffered through 15-years of civil war.

    "How amazing to come back to a place I consider to be one of my homes and to see the place that I lived and played as a youngster," said Donoho at a dinner in Buchanan, Liberia. "We visited several local orphanages so we could gauge the needs of the area. The horror and brutality [of civil war] was hard to comprehend as we listened to the stories. The war created many orphans.”


    About Children of the Nations
    Children of the Nations (COTN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. Founded in 1995, the organization currently provides holistic care to orphaned and destitute children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Liberia. By partnering with nationals, they establish full-care residential Children’s Homes (for orphans) and Village Partnership Programs (to benefit orphans and children living with destitute families or caregivers who cannot properly provide for them). The programs and services they provide include education, feeding centers, medical services, and community development initiatives such as agriculture, sanitation projects, micro-enterprise, and more. Children of the Nations believes true, lasting, and meaningful change to a nation begins with children, so they are their mission. Children of the Nations stands apart from other organizations in their goal not to provide relief, but rather to empower nationals to a life of self-sustainability.  For more information visit www.cotni.org.

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    Pam Wright, Senior Director of Advancement
    Children of the Nations – USA