Children of the Nations—Local Nonprofit Responds to Devastation in Haiti

    Silverdale, WA – January 14, 2010 – Local nonprofit, Children of the Nations (COTN), located in Silverdale, Washington operates schools, medical clinics, and feeding centers in Africa and the Dominican Republic. COTN’s ministry center in the Dominican Republic is close to the Haitian border and many of their Dominican staff and the Haitian/Dominican families they serve have family ties in neighboring Haiti.

    ”We are currently working through our Dominican Republic staff, pastors, and church relationships to help them assess and meet the overwhelming needs in Haiti,” said Pam Wright, COTN-USA Communications Director. “Many Haitians have come across the border seeking medical assistance in the Dominican hospitals closest to the border and in the Barahona region where our ministry center is located,” said Wright. “As of this morning the Haitian/Dominican borders have closed, but we are hoping they will re-open to both those seeking to enter Haiti to offer aid and assistance as well as those coming to the Dominican Republic in need of assistance. Areas of greatest need that our Dominican board and staff have identified, and that COTN is able to assist with, include drinking water, food supplies, medical aid and supplies, and clothing. There is an overwhelming need for medical assistance and we are currently in the process of sending two medical teams as early as Saturday. We will also be sending some of our USA staff to assist with the efforts as well as facilitate communication with our USA offices.”

    Children of the Nations has deep roots in Kitsap Country as many residents have supported the organization through their annual 285K Meal Marathons events where participants package more than a quarter of a million meals in one day to send to Africa and the Dominican Republic. Meals such as these as well as Hygiene and “Let’s Eat” SmilePacks™ assembled by Kitsap Country residents, schools, and churches (currently storehoused in COTN’s warehouse in the Dominican Republic) may make their way to Haitian victims.

    Kitsap County resident Dr. Dan Diamond, a COTN Board member and long-time supporter, is currently in Haiti to assist with the medical response effort.

    Thanks to the generous support of our partners, in just one day over $15,000 was donated to COTN’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund. Continued financial support would be greatly appreciated as we will send as much additional support as we are able. Visit www.cotni.org for more information.

    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, and the Dominican Republic. 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 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 to a nation 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
    COTN–USA Communications Director
    pamwright@cotni.org
    360-698-7227