Join Children of the Nations and “Bring Back Hugs” to Ebola Orphans

    Silverdale, Wash. – February 5, 2015 – Nonprofit organization Children of the Nations (COTN) is preparing a home for children orphaned by the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.

     
    You are invited to be a part of this exciting opportunity, through COTN’s Bring Back Hugs social media campaign. People across the US are being encouraged to post photos of themselves hugging friends and family, using the hashtag #bringbackhugs on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 
     
    Our hope is that, through this uplifting social media campaign, more people will be moved to help the thousands of Ebola orphans who face an uncertain future. 
     
    Ebola has already orphaned about 8,000 children in Sierra Leone. These children are often shunned by their friends and family, who fear the spread of the disease. COTN is committed to providing the neediest of these children with a safe, loving home while we seek to reunite them with extended family.
     
    Over the next several weeks, COTN will renovate the second floor of its school in Freetown, Sierra Leone, turning it into a suitable place for up to 50 children to live and be cared for in a Christian environment. This will include adding beds, toilets, water tanks, and better security, and relocating some of our Sierra Leonean staff. 
     
    This temporary care center will house children for up to one year while we work to reunite them with relatives. If any of the children are unable to connect with relatives or suitable families after a year, COTN will welcome those children into its family-style Children’s Homes in Sierra Leone’s interior.
     
    For more information, please visit bringbackhugs.org.
     
     
    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit cotni.org.
     
    Media contact:
    Brian Olson, Senior Editor
    360-698-7227 / brianolson@cotni.org