Former Orphans Make the Malawi National Soccer Team

    Silverdale, Washington – July 23, 2012 – Two Malawian university students sponsored through Children of the Nations' University Program were chosen to represent Malawi at the Confederation of University and College Sports Associations international tournament in Namibia last week.  The top players from each university in Malawi are selected yearly to try out for a place on the team. Lovemore Chisale and Francis Kalima, students at African Bible College in Malawi, made the cut, and earned the privilege to represent their nation at the international tournament on July 16, 2012.  

    Lovemore and Francis both lived through the death of their parents.  Raised by siblings, simply beginning secondary school—let alone graduating and attending university—was a seemingly impossible goal.  But through Children of the Nations' Village Partnership Program, individuals in the United States were able to provide education and basic resources for these young men, allowing them to attend school and make great, hopeful plans for their future.  Today, they are excelling in university, both academically and in sports.

    Both young men say it was an enormous honor to represent their nation in Namibia.  But Francis says the most exciting part of the trip was getting to meet people from all different nations in Africa.  Francis took every opportunity to benefit from this cultural exchange. "I met people from all over Africa," he says.  "I had time to ask them how they worship God in their countries."   


    Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Liberia, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.  

    For more information contact:
    Pam Wright, Senior Director – Advancement
    360-698-7227 / pamwright@cotni.org