The Jordan Fund Partners with Children of the Nations to Support Special Needs Children in Africa and the Dominican Republic

    Medina, WA – January 16, 2009 – The Jordan Fund, a philanthropic organization based in Medina, Washington (www.jordanfund.org), has partnered with Children of the Nations (COTN), a non-profit organization impacting the lives of tens of thousands of in the developing world, to provide support for the special needs children.

    “When faced with children with extraordinary needs, local communities are often not able to understand or meet the needs,” said COTN International Education Director Wendy Brown. “These children are often ignored, uneducated, or sometimes uncared for because of lack of funding, lack of information, and negative attitudes. Working together, the Jordan Fund and the Children of the Nations, through their Challenge Children program, are helping to reduce the barriers these children face.”

    This year, the Jordan Fund has helped benefit COTN’s Challenge Children in many ways. Specifically, the funds COTN has received from the partnership have provided training for our in-country staff that minister to special needs children. The Jordan Fund also assisted with expenses for US special education teachers to visit the Dominican Republic, Malawi, and Sierra Leone to help identify special needs children and develop individualized education plans for them.

    In addition, the Jordan Fund has helped COTN to provide direct assistance to children in-country. One of these children is Tapiwa, a six-year-old girl from Malawi who suffers from cerebral palsy. Before she was cared for by COTN, Tapiwa was malnourished and very sick. Since coming to live in one of our children’s homes and participating in our Challenge Children program, Tapiwa’s quality of life has improved greatly. She has regained her health, attends physical therapy, and has achieved milestones such as learning to count and recognizing letters. In addition, COTN obtained a standing frame which allows Tapiwa to have more mobility.

    “When I think back on the past year, I realize all the ways God has blessed COTN and the children we care for through this partnership with the Jordan Fund,” said Wendy. “I am thankful beyond words for the changes I have already seen in the lives of our challenged children and in the attitudes of teachers, parents and community.”

    About Children of the Nations
    Children of the Nations (COTN) is a non-profit 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, and the Dominican Republic. By partnering with nationals, they establish full-care residential Children’s Homes (for orphans) and Village Partnership Programs (to benefit children living with destitute families or caregivers who are unable to 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 much more. Children of the Nations believes that true, lasting, and meaningful change begins with the children, and so they are their mission. Children of the Nations stands apart from other organizations in their goal, not to provide relief, but rather to come alongside nationals, empowering them to a life of self-sustainability. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.

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    Contact:
    Pam Wright, Communications Director
    Children of the Nations – USA
    pamwright@cotni.org
    360-698-7227