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. We currently provide care to orphaned and destitute children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. By partnering with local people, we establish Children’s Homes (for orphans) and Village Partnership Programs (to benefit orphans and children living with destitute families or caregivers who cannot properly provide for them). COTN believes true, lasting, and meaningful change to a nation begins with children, so they are our mission.
Agnes came to COTN–Malawi when she was around six years old. She was malnourished and shy. Her mother had died and her father had disappeared. Just one year after she came to Children of the Nations, the difference in Agnes was obvious. She was able to laugh and play with her friends. Today, Agnes is 22 years old and a budding fashion designer. Before she started studying fashion design and sewing, Agnes planned to be a nurse. But her exam grades weren’t high enough to go on to university. So nursing was no longer an option. However, COTN was able to help her get into a vocational skills training program, where Agnes showed a talent for sewing and fashion. The skills training course is designed to ensure that high school graduates have opportunities beyond university or vocational school. In 2017, we sent 23 COTN graduates, including Agnes, to six-month skills courses. This included classes on textiles and fashion design. “I will help people the same way I could have helped them if I became a nurse,” says Agnes. “A good example is a lady that is getting married: she will look good and not become embarrassed in front of her friends because her bridesmaids look good. Because of me, she will celebrate and love her day.” Agnes passed her exams! She continues to work hard and dream big with hopes of becoming a world-renowned designer. We are confident that Agnes will continue to make beautiful clothes and are excited to see where she goes next!
Funding from the Great Give will help provide holistic care for children living in poverty in Africa and the Caribbean. This includes medical care, food, education, counseling, Christian discipleship, and more.
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