Sierra Leone

Firefighters and Swingsets to Sierra Leone

American or African, children love to play. “One of the things that is of value to Children of the Nations is letting kids be kids,” said Kristen Bushnell, COTN–USA Director of Marketing and Special Events. “In Africa,” she continued, “this isn't always the case.”

Songs of Praise from Sierra Leone

Frances Jongo loves to sing. She helps lead worship at her church and sings with her friends at school and in her village called Ngolala, which is about a five-minute walk from Children of the Nations' (COTN’s) school and Children’s Village in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone. Frances, 19, and her brothers and sisters attend COTN’s school in Banta.

Let There Be Lights!

“What God has done to involve us in Banta is truly amazing,” said Dave Schertzer, Resource Director for COTN–USA. “God has chosen Children of the Nations to partner with Sierra Leoneans to build a school, orphan homes, feeding center and malnutrition clinic. This is amazing when you consider that Sierra Leone is one of the least infrastructure-built areas in the world… I mean, it’s really out in the bush.”

COTN's First High School Graduate in Sierra Leone

Mark Drennan recently returned from spending more than a year in Sierra Leone serving with COTN as a Global Intern. Below are his thoughts after witnessing the first child from COTN’s Children’s Home in Sierra Leone graduate from high school this past July.

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Words from a Child: Ishmael Mansaray of Sierra Leone

Twelve-year-old Ishmael, described as a “leader” by those who know him, comes from the village of Mosenesi in the chiefdom of Banta Mokelleh in Sierra Leone. Mosenesi is an extremely impoverished, rural village of about 700 people located about seven miles from our ministry center in Banta.

Seattle 285K Meal Marathon Food Arrives in Sierra Leone!

A 40-ft. container containing 285,000 meals has finally arrived in Sierra Leone! The container of meals (packaged last May at the Seattle, Washington “285K Meal Marathon” at Mill Creek Foursquare Church in Lynnwood, Washington) made the long trek from Seattle, passing through the ports of Canada, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Egypt, going through the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, and the Mediterranean, changing ships in Spain, making its way through the Strait of Gibraltar, and finally down the west coast of Africa arriving in Freetown in early July.

A Child's Story – Emmanuel Alpha of Sierra Leone

Emmanuel doesn’t remember his father. And what he remembers of his mother is sparse: she was good to him and his two sisters and three brothers. “She would give extra rice to me and my little sister when we were small,” he remembers.

"My African Adventure" – A Summer in Sierra Leone

This time last year, I woke up in another world every morning. It was a world I’d only seen in National Geographic or maybe on the Discovery Channel. A world just as real as mine here in America, but one I’d never experienced for myself. Sticky and sweaty from a humid night’s sleep, I would climb out of my mosquito net, eat food I’d never tasted before and venture out on a day in a foreign language with new people who looked and lived very differently than my norm.

"First Time Out" - An Athletics Meet in Sierra Leone

Within four weeks of their own impressive sports meet held at Ngolala, Mallory Jansen Memorial Junior High School in Banta Mokelleh, Sierra Leone was invited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in collaboration with regional organizers to prove their mettle away from home grounds.

The students would compete among longer established schools in a much bigger and standardized arena at their first inter-secondary schools athletics meet in Banta district.

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