Global Giving Report
Final Quarter 2013
A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa
During this period, the teaching staff has been effective in teaching the children. The children are always in school and ready to work. The daily school feeding has made our children stronger, healthier and more energetic to work hard in school.
I am also happy to report that there has been no major sickness among the pupils. The COTN Clinic staff did a great job in deworming all of them.
The BTA supply from Nursery through the Senior Secondary School has had a great impact on our children’s academic life being that they are boastful of having a good nutritious meal when they are in school.
This could show evidence on the attached pictures and stories of the children. Also the statistics of the school at Ngolala will show the total number of pupils that are benefitting from the BTA feeding program.
May God richly bless your organization for such a kind gesture and gifts to our beneficiaries. We wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance.
CLASS TOTAL 2013/2014
End of term Report on Better tomorrow for Africa (BTA) for Mallory Jansen Memorial School, Ngolala, Upper Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, West Africa
A Child’s Story (1)
A ten-year-old girl in Class 3 who is the fourth child of ten children who lives in Condama Village.
According to her, she comes from a polygamous family. Her father has two other wives apart from her mother. Her father lives on subsistence farming for their survival.
She started attending Mallory Jansen Memorial School at the Nursery level. She said her parents could not afford to send all of the children to school, so they sent three of them, she being one of the fortunate ones.
Every day, they walk eight miles by foot to come to and from school. They usually come to school with an empty stomach. She started eating BTA-provided nourishment when she was in Prep 1 when she was malnourished. The good food she gets from school every day has improved her life. She is now learning more at school, because she is able to concentrate better. The serving of BTA to children such as this young girl has been helpful, because she personally likes eating BTA and it sustains her until she gets home to have a daily meal with her family in the evening. She is proud to say that she never goes home with an empty stomach.
She and her fellow students appreciate BTA so much.
A Child’s Story (2)
This is a story about a Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS1) student at Mallory Jansen Memorial School who lives with her parents live in Ngolala. Her parents are farmers and barely have enough to provide for them. She said her father has two wives and many children.
Her mother has a passion for children and would like to see them grow up healthy. She said the Brighter Tomorrow for Africa food is very good for all of the children in Ngolala School. The reason for this is that it makes them happy and gives them good nourishment. When she started eating BTA in school, she felt that everything was going to be smooth throughout her learning time in school.
One of the things she admires is that every school child looks very happy when eating BTA, because of its flavor and nourishment, especially during lunch when they are hungry.
Sometimes she and her siblings come to school without asking their parents for anything because they know that there will be food given to them at school each week day. This kind of help is very nice for every school child in Ngolala School. Their friends in other villages envy them when they meet together, because only COTN school provides food to their pupils in this part of Upper Banta Chiefdom.
She says the food encourages pupils to come to school every week throughout the term. It also helps them to grow and be strong every day. They also have hope that the feeding will continue in their school.
The food encourages them to stay in school longer and even for extra lessons. Lastly, this young lady says to let God bless all those that are contributing to give them good nourishing food, especially Aunty Sarah Armstrong and her family. She sends God’s best wishes and a Merry Christmas to the entire BTA family.
A Child’s Story (3)
A young man who was born on the 14th of December 1999 live in a small village called Gmebagboh in Upper Banta Chiefdom. He is currently in JSS1. Each day, he comes from a far village to attend COTN School in Ngolala.
He told me a sad story about his life. He is one of four boys in his family. His mother and father are farmers. They hardly get enough food to eat because of the difficult life their parents are undergoing.
One day, a friend in their village who was attending the school told him about the BTA food in school. He said to him that every day in Mallory Jansen School supplies them food to eat. He secretly told his mother to tell his father that he would like to attend school in Ngolala. The mother wondered how she was going to tell her husband about this decision of wanting to attend school, and, since the young man could not wait on his request made to his mother he followed his friend that was attending COTN School.
After searching for him in the village, his father came to the school during lunch time. He met them eating food that was served to his friend. From that day, his father decided to send him to school and registered him in COTN’s Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Ngolala.
This story becomes more interesting. He started eating good nourishing meals daily. His academics began to improve as time went on. His personal health also improved, and he was healthier than the time he was in his village not attending school.
According to him, the BTA food is very useful for every school child that is attending school in Ngolala. They are very grateful for the BTA supply and hope that it will continue as it has a great impact in their learning at school.
A Child’s Story (4)
A young girl in prep 4 pupil in Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Ngolala lives with her mother and father in Ngolala Village with other children who are attending school at Mallory Jansen.
She is happy to be attending school, because girl child education is now a right for every girl. One of the things that interests her is the food supply and the new teachers in their school.
Every day at school, they are given food to eat during lunch. This food makes them very strong and healthy. The teachers teach them many things, which makes her happy and not want to be late for school. Therefore, she is always in school and does all of her homework.
She says that BTA is important to her because it gives her more energy to stay in school. Also, BTA has helped improve her Christian life because they pray at school each time before they eat. The BTA helps other children that do not have food at home to be able to eat something each day.
BTA encourages pupils to be regular in school every day. It also helps them pay more attention to what they are being taught, because they are not thinking about how hungry they are and they have more energy from the food.
She concludes by saying that our Almighty God will bless all those that are providing BTA food for the poor children in COTN. It is helping to transform their lives. Merry Christmas to all the donors and the BTA family in America.
A Child’s Story (5)
This is a story about a nine-year-old girl in Class 4. She lives in Ngolala village with her widowed grandmother. Her father stays in another village called Jiminga, which is about eight miles from Mallory Jansen primary school. According to her story, her mother has separated from her father when she was a year old. Being an elderly man of sixty years, her father could not take care of her so her grandmother had to take care of her. When she grew old enough to attend school, her grandmother moved to Ngolala village to make sure she would start attending school.
This young lady was admitted into Mallory Jansen, where she has done very well academically. She is currently in the primary school. When asked how she is coping with her schoolwork, she says one of the reasons she is able to learn and focus is because the help she is getting through the food that is provided each day in school. Though she is not getting lunch from her grandmother, she feels happy when she is in school because she knows she will have a meal at midday.
She further went on to say that the BTA has nourished her body and makes her very strong and active in her class. In the morning, she walks for nearly half a mile to come to school with her friends. She is happy and says she wants to become a doctor after she completes Secondary School in the future.
She prays that God blesses those that are supplying the food for the poor children in Ngolala.
BTA Report for July-September 2013 In the text of 2nd Corinthians 3:17 it says, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Therefore, the old has gone and the new has come."
The Lord has abundant blessings for Children of the Nations Sierra Leone. The academic year ended peacefully in July 2013. In September 2013, another new academic year has started. We are thankful for God's grace in providing a feeding program for our children, which is helping them learn and keeping them good looking in their school life. Currently we have hired 21 new teachers for the 2013/2014 school year to replace teachers that have left. God has made this possible for us and his blessing is shinning on us.
The BTA food has had a great impact in transforming our school going children. As they come to school hungry, they always return home with smiling faces to their parents. They are happy because they get their daily meal at school and they have good teachers teaching them. This of course makes the difference and uniqueness of our school as compared to other community schools in a rural setting.
The enrollment in the primary school has increased from last year. Community parents are bringing their wards for admission every day because of the high quality of standard in our school. We look forward to the promises that God has for us and the children in transforming them in their nation.
The child stories will come in our quarterly report in due course. The statistics of our school results have been high. In the NPSE results, our highest student got a score of 306 out of 500. The inter grade passes were very good.
We are hoping and praying that things will be good for us this school year.
May God bless you all for funding our school's feeding program.
Praise be to the almighty for the wonderful blessing that God is giving to COTN-SL As we round up the school year, the children have been eating daily in the week. A healthy living means good nourishing balance food. Our school going children in Mallory Jansen Memorial School Ngolala always pray for those that are funding the BTA program through Aunty Sarah.
Learning in our school is gradually improving when looked at the previous years. As a rural community setting, children learning is a two way track in quality education. One of this is the commitment of parents in encouraging their children to come to school daily. The result is the external examinations which have been encouraging. The organization is very proud including the entire student because COTN-SL schools are fed with daily meal. For this reason the nursery children are always present. The BTA program is contributing in the transformation process in upper Banta. The parents are very happy as their children desire to learn and they willingly come to school without demanding for money since most parents in our community are low income earners. Through the joint support of BTA, COTN-SL and WFP the Banta Kids are happy with their daily meals.
A 13 year old boy in class five lives with his Mother and Father in the same village called Wubangay which is about 3 miles to Ngolala School. He has five sisters and three brothers. According to him, BTA has done a lot of goodness to his life. He always comes to school without his parents giving him lunch. He says as long as there is BTA in school, he always attends school expecting food during lunch which makes him very happy. The food is delicious and well cooked. The cook brings food and serves every child in class. He prays that BTA will continue for the feeding program when he goes to secondary school in Mallory Jansen High school Ngolala.
A 12 year old girl in class 5 is presently staying with her Mother, a single parent. Her Father abandoned their home when she was three. She has two brothers and two sisters who are all attending the same school at Ngolala. According to her, her prayer is that BTA food continue to help feed other children in the villages were COTN-SL schools exist. She thanks BTA donors for their very good support to the children who are feeding on the BTA feeding program.
And another 12 year old girl in class 3 is staying in Dodo village which is two miles away from Ngolala where the school is. She walks on foot with other children to come to school. But she enjoys her schooling because of the BTA food in school which she feeds on daily. But she hopes that the food the children are getting will help them to learn more for the development of their community. She says, ‘I pray to do well in school to pass all my exam because such opportunity that BTA is giving to me is so great.
The provision of the BTA feeding programmed in Ngolala, Mallory Jansen School has been very encouraging over the years. The founder aunty Sarah has been very instrumental and very devoted to see COTN children in Ngolala do not come to school hungry. On the things that the students and Ngolala community people appreciates is that their children are been encouraged to attend school every day because they are having feeding programme.
The help of WFP for fifty days in the school to that of the BTA is carthering for over six hundred students, who are currently in our statistic. Every body in Ngolala and the COTN family are praying for aunty Sarah to continue her devoted services in helping those needy children in the Children of the Nation s Organisation.we ask for your great support and love shown to children’s in Sierra Leone. CHILD STORY Tommy a thirteen year old boy in Ngolala community. He is attending Mallory Jansen Memorial Primary school in class six.mhis parent hails from Walihun village in Bumpeh chiefdom. According to Tommy, they are six in a family to their parents. COTN being the only good school in their area, Tommy was fortunate to attend school in Ngolala because his father got a job in COTN.
Tommy is a happy boy in school, as he attends school every day. He says one of the things that interest him most is the learning in COTN School and daily meal that children feed on in school. His father went on saying that as long as pupils get continued feeding of BTA, they will not depend on their parents for lunch to bring to school. He enjoys reading and doing mathematics as he would like to do medicine when he grows older in life. Tommy is staying with his father at Ngolala junction; where other opportunities for learning are available to him. He wishes God’s blessing for those that are helping to provide BTA food especially Aunty Sarah CHILD’S STORY A fourteen year old Mariama is attending Mallory Jansen primary school in Molalla upper Banta chiefdom Moyamba District Sierra Leone. His mother is a single parent with four children who are attending school. Mariama’s father died during the war when she was a small baby. According to her, COTN is a family Organization where children are transformed in a holistic care. The admiring thing she enjoys is the way children are cared for and feeding programme everyday in school. The feeding programme in the COTN School is of great importance to many children and the community. Children who get food in school, do not brother their parent for lunch hence they cannot afford to give them food at home in the morning.
She says lord blesses the providers for BTA which makes them healthy and strong. She enjoys her reading class every morning in school. Mariama would like to become a Nurse when she finished school to help her COTN family brothers and sisters. CHILD’S STORY Veronica is a twelve year old girl in class five in Mallory Jansen Memorial Primary School Ngolala. She lives with her parents who do not know anything about learning. She says, she is very happy in attending school in COTN Organization. Her father and mother are poor farmers who bearly provide food for their daily meal. Vero’s as she is called has passion for her student friends. When she asked, she says God’s love is a union of transformation therefore she is blessed to be in the COTN family of Sierra Leone. Being a God fearing child, she is praying that she grow up to be a good girl to help her community. She goes to church every Sunday and share God’s story with her friends. One thing she feel about the school is, learning is very good as compared to other school that has started in Ngolala, the students enjoy a great deal of the feeding programme of BTA every day when they are in school.
Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Progress Report
September – December 2012
The Mallory Jansen Memorial Schools in Upper Banta, Sierra Leone have been blessed with many gifts. Among these things is the provision of food at school for our students with the help of Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA). This gift helps the school going children stay healthy and be ready to learn. We fervently believe that empowering these children and providing them with a quality education will bring development to a nation.
Our Mallory Jansen Memorial Schools re-opened on 10th September 2012 for another academic year. Teachers are influential in the lives of children. Teaching is a calling and in that calling each teacher has a mission to fulfil, a responsibility to the children being served and a daily accounting to the Lord. This academic year we have begun implementing our new International Standard Operating Procedures and we trust that these will improve the learning opportunities we are able to give these children. We have had our presidential elections in Sierra Leone this past November but unlike many schools in the country we have been able to provide classes throughout the term.
The feeding program supported by BTA is a key component of our education program which helps us to holistically develop our care of these children and the support we offer their families. The parents, guardians and elders of this community are always grateful for the wonderful help that our feeding their children each day represents. From September until the present date the money being sent to us by BTA has been used alongside gifts of vegetable oil and bulgur wheat from the World Food Program (WFP) to provide nutritious meals for our children in Ngolala. The impact and success of the BTA program relies on ensuring that the food gets to the intended beneficiaries, the children. The food can then improve the growth and health of these children as well as encourage improved attendance and better learning in school.
Both the Government of Sierra Leone and UNICEF have been encouraging focus on the education of girls and the food provided by BTA also has an impact in that respect. The school food helps ensure that our girls are not only keen to come to school but when there they are active and happy to fully participate in the school’s programs.
We wish to thank God for BTA and pray His blessing upon the organisation for their contribution to the success of our children in Ngolala.
A Child’s Story – Foday C.
Foday was born in May 2002. He is in Class 5 in Mallory Jansen Primary School, Ngolala. Foday’s parents hail from Lungi in Karfubullum Chiefdom in Pork Loko Distrcit.
Foday has been attending our primary school for one year. The BTA meals he gets in school encourage him and help him stay alert throughout the school day. This is a huge help to his mother who is taking care of him. Foday says that the food helps him learn better.
Foday is a Christian and says that he would like to be a missionary when he leaves school.
A Child’s Story – Sarah J.
Sarah was born in this chiefdom 13 years ago. She attends Mallory Jansen Memorial Primary School in Ngolala where she is in Class Six. This year Sarah will sit her National Primary School Examination and if she passes she will progress to Junior Secondary School.
Sarah believes that she is working hard and she is very active at school. Sarah is very thankful for the provision of nourishing food in our school with the help of BTA. She says that because of BTA she is not worried about her parent’s being able to provide lunch for her. She knows that there is food every day in school.
Sarah comes to school regularly and is known for encouraging her girl friends to keep coming to school too.
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