International Nonprofit Children of the Nations Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Silverdale, WA – September 23, 2015 – In celebration of its twentieth anniversary, international nonprofit Children of the Nations (COTN) is hosting three special gala events to thank the thousands of donors who have made this milestone possible.

    Each event features keynote presentations from COTN founders Chris and Debbie Clark, as well as Francisco Kalima, a young man who was raised in COTN’s Children’s Home in Malawi.

    Francisco came into COTN’s care after being orphaned as a child. This summer, he graduated from Malawi’s African Bible College with a teaching degree. At COTN’s gala events, Francisco speaks about his hardships and triumphs, and why he has great hope for his future.

    The first two galas took place September 12 in Orlando, Florida, and September 20 in Seattle. The third and final gala is set for September 27 in Dove Canyon, California.

    “We are so pleased to present our loyal partners with this opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments they’ve made possible in the lives of young people like Francisco all over the world,” said Mark W. Costa, COTN’s senior director of national marketing. “Each of these twentieth anniversary galas has truly been something special for the partners, staff, and children involved.”

    COTN provides care for some of the poorest children in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Malawi, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. These children were born into a vicious cycle of poverty that leaves them without education, proper nutrition, and medical care.

    Thanks to the support of generous partners over the past 20 years, COTN has already watched many children like Francisco graduate from high school and college, and go on to be teachers, doctors, and other kinds of leaders in their communities.

    Through a long history in these countries, COTN has joined the children and their families in the fights against Ebola, malaria, food shortages, and lack of access to education. COTN’s ministry has also helped rebuild communities after the devastation of guerrilla warfare and natural disasters like drought and earthquakes.

    COTN believes that whether a person donates money or spends time working with children in-country, they are making it possible for a child to have a better future. As COTN Founder and CEO Chris Clark says, “A worldwide family has formed around our children.”

    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