Florida College Students Partner with Local Nonprofit to Help Children in Africa and the Caribbean

    Orlando, Fla. – May 11, 2015 – Using their culinary skills, students at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida, partnered with local nonprofit Children of the Nations (COTN) to create recipes to be used by COTN’s staff in Africa and the Caribbean.

    Every year COTN’s in-country staff feeds hundreds of volunteers and short-term missionaries who help care for children in Malawi, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. But cooking for large groups is no easy task in countries where resources are limited. These recipes will help make it easier for COTN’s in-country staff to provide affordable, nutritious, and delicious meals every day.
    “Having Rosen as a partner is phenomenal because they do this better than anyone else,” says COTN Hospitality Coordinator Jenna Denard. To create these recipes, students worked with a very specific and limited list of ingredients—all items that are affordable and easily accessible to COTN’s in-country staff.
    “For me it was eye opening,” says Rosen Professor Jonathan Judy. “Most people in the United States eat for pleasure, not survival. One of the things that impacted me about this project was the realization of how trying the situations are in some of these countries, how difficult it is for these children.”
    “The students had a good experience with this project; they thought it was meaningful,” Judy adds.
    These recipes have been published in a collaborative cookbook that includes favorite recipes from COTN’s in-country staff. Rosen hosted a Dine Around event to showcase the recipes and debut the book. More than 100 cookbooks have already been purchased. All the proceeds will help fund vocational school training for COTN’s students in Africa and the Caribbean.
    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:
    Jenna Denard, International Hospitality Coordinator
    360-698-7227 ext. 2005 / jennadenard@cotni.org