Washington Families Make Historical Change in Remote Village in Sierra Leone

    SILVERDALE, WA – October 1, 2015 – The latest podcast episode of Beyond the Village is about The Downtown Church--a small church of 150 people--in Bellevue, Wash., that set a goal to raise $225,000 to build the first high school in a remote part of the Sierra Leone jungle. It took a year, but they accomplished their goal!


    “This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever seen anywhere, at any organization,” says podcast guest, Fraser Ratzlaff, COTN’s philanthropy manager. 


    This high school will provide education to children in an area where they had no option like it before. 


    During this podcast, Ratzlaff tells the story of how his church became involved in this COTN endeavor, and how building a high school in this area will change the future for villages that haven’t seen improvements like this in decades. 


    “It’s not that we’re just building a high school,” Ratzlaff said. “We’re trying to empower the locals who want to see that change happen.”


    To listen this episode of Beyond the Village, please visit cotni.org/podcast. You can also find the podcast through SoundCloud at soundcloud.com/beyondthevillage and iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-village/id1031333689?mt=2.



    About Children of the Nations

    Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit cotni.org.



    Contact Information

    Brian Olson, Senior Editor

    360-698-7227 ext. 1040 / brianolson@cotni.org