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.
The Education Department of COTN is very proud of the blessings of God and the supporters of funds for brighter tomorrow for Africa in the feeding program of our school at Banta mokelleh Chiefdom.
The current enrollment of the school is seven hundred and forty four pupils all benefiting from the B.T.A. These children who have been malnourished from their homes (villages) are now very active in school, this shows that there are enough meals for them and can improve on their learning to concentrate well in class hence they don’t go with hunger to their villages anymore. With this, the B.T.A continues to play a meaningful role in the development of Education in COTN-SL schools despite the problems created by the ten year- war. The children and the Education Department is yearning for such opportunities to increase in the way of funding to enable the feeding capacity increase as the children in this part of the country have long been deprived of Educational facilities.
As God fearing children in their Holistic values, they are always praying and grateful for whatever help they can get to sustain their livelihood. Our prayers and goal is that the children you are supporting in feeding them daily at school will grow up to bring transformation in their nations. This is showing in their studies and the progress they are making in school. This year many children have a scoring grade of 50% to enable them to proceed to another stream/class. It is expected that some students are awaiting the N.P.S.E, B.E.C.E and the WASSCE which will soon be published by the West African Examination Council.
The enormous privilege they have to attend one of the best schools in this part of the country is making them very proud of their donors. They all expressed immense gratitude as these are reflecting on how far they have already made it in their past examinations in July 2012. 90 to 95% of the school population has gained promotion to a new class. This success is encouraging community parents to send more of their children to school as they have been long deprived of formal education in upper Banta chiefdom. The excitement and tension is increasing everyday to send their wards.
The chiefdom has been one of the most improvised and backward region with 49 villages densely populated with five (5) sections. The expectation now is would there be a continuation of B.T.A come September when school re-opened. Day and night they are praying for help and God’s blessing to provide for the givers.
AN INTERVIEW WITH YUSIF KARGBO; LIFE BEFORE C.O.T.N & IN C.O.T.N
Yusif Kargbo is from a place called ‘Tombo’ around the peninsula of Freetown. The name of his father is Mr. Brima Kargbo and Mother Mariatu Kargbo; he has two sisters and a brother. His father died of (Malaria) in the year 2000, so he was left with his Mother, brother and sisters. The time he lost his dad, he found school boring because his mother can’t care for all of their needs at the same time, especially for their school fees, school bags, school books, and school shoes and the basic necessities of life.
Fortunately for Yusif in the year 2002, he was chanced to come and joined the C.O.T.N family, with the blessings of God. He was five (5) years old when he entered the COTN home. When he came to the home, he was really surprise to find himself in another town far from his family.Yusif at first could not speak English, but now through the help of God and COTN, he can now speak better English and also he is happy.
He said he can sleep on a nice bed now, go to a good school which is our school here, the Mallory Jansen Memorial School, with school bag on, proper shoes, school books and also nice school uniform and three square meals a day. He also likes the house he is living in (good and structured house) he is now proud of knowing Jesus as his personal savior, learning the word of God everyday and also plays the drum at church. He is one of our most promising students in school. He just sat to his BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination) and will be receiving his result to go to the next grade which is the 10th grade in October. Now Yusif can boast of someone who cares for him, and also especially he says, his sponsors who make him smile and know that there is someone who loves him.
Yusif is now proud of becoming a professional soccer player he says, because he likes playing soccer. Last of all Yusif is now thankful to God and COTN for having him join the COTN family with lots of privileges. Praise and thanks be to God for the life of Yusif. Story by: Emmanuel John Alpha.
BTAReport May 2012
Regina Samukah is eight years old and in Nursery 3 atMallory Jansen Primary School Mokpangumba. Regina’s story is a sad one. Hermother was sick during pregnancy. When he mother gave birth to Regina, shebecame seriously sick which resulted in her mental disturbance.
Regina did not enjoy her childhood with her biologicalmother. Another mother took care of her for two years until her motherrecovered from her sickness. The grandmother of Regina thought it fit thatRegina attend school in their village since there was a COTN school there.There was little for them to eat at home. Regina was poorly malnourished at thetime they took her to school.
With the school feeding program of BTA, Regina always getsher one meal in school during lunch. She started looking healthier because ofthe nourishing food she gets from school. She comes to school every day and isvery conscious to learn and will attend church service every Sunday with herfriends. Her teacher Mr. Joseph Foday, says Regina is a promising girl if herparents continue to encourage her.
The other sad part of Regina’s life is that her father whowas a fisherman died last year because of a severe cold that attacked him.Regina’s mother used to visit the school where Regina attends. She is veryappreciative that her daughter is doing well in health and also improving inher learning. She thanks God for the blessing that God is providing for herdaughter in their village.
Augustine Musa is a nine year old boy who is in class two inMokpangumba COTN school. He lives in a village three miles off from Ngolala. Heis one of the first members of the COTN Mokpangumba school. When Augustine wasborn, his father died in their village. Life for his mother was hard as now shecould not take care of her boy.
Augustine suffered from malnutrition for three months. Hewas taken to Mattru Jong hospital for treatment where they stayed for sometime. When they were discharged from the hospital, his mother brought him backto the village. In that village, there was the COTN school so his motherenrolled him in school.
Though Augustine was not too healthy, he was willing to goto school. In that school there was the BTA food program. Augustine was veryhappy among his friends in school because he will join them to eat the goodnourishing food that is provided by the school feeding program. Today,Augustine is regular in school and always attends church services in the COTNchurch. He has grown physically and mentally. He is a promising child in thisvillage. This shows that the feeding program helping children to learn and hassaved them from sickness and malnutrition. Augustine is always thankful to God.
Little Jenneh Bangura is seven years of age. She is inNursery 3 in the Mokpangumba COTN school. As with many children all over theworld, Jenneh lost her biological father last year. Jenneh’s mother is a widowand has little to provide her children with.
Jenneh got seriously sick during her childhood and theyadmitted her to a mission hospital for one month. She was malnourished whenthey returned home. One day her mother decided to take her to school as she sawthe other children attending school. It was difficult for Jenneh to adjust toschool and she would always cry when her mother left.
Among other things, the provision of BTA in the Mokpangumbaschool has helped Jenneh to enjoy school and she no longer cries. She alwayscomes to school with her plate and spoon ready. She gets her BTA meal and feelsvery good. She is not regular in school and growing well. She can recite memoryverses, rhymes, numbers, and the alphabet. This shows that Jenneh is learningand is receiving a quality education. She is also spiritually growing andattends church every Sunday.
According to her mother, she says she is very excitedbecause her daughter is doing well in her physical growth. She is thankful toGod and the teachers for helping Jenneh.
A BRIGHTER TOMORROW FOR AFRICAFOUNDATION (BTA)
CHILDREN OF THE NATIONS (COTN), SIERRALEONE FEEDING PROGRAM
JANUARY 2012 REPORT FOR GLOBAL GIVING
Submitted by COTN and Sarah Armstrong,Director, BTA
All praise and Glory be unto our God Almighty for bringing us safely to the end offirst term. We pray that he will see us through this New Year. Last year aBrighter Tomorrow for Africa successfully and fully supported our schoolfeeding which is still blessing the lives of our school going children in allaspects of their learning. It was evident that the social, mental, physical andspiritual growth was in them in their effort to acquire quality education. Thepresent total number of beneficiaries in the school feeding program is now 973covering three surrounding villages namely; Ngolala, Mokpanguba and Mosenensiein the Banta- Mokelleh Chiefdom.
As we went through last year, reports andchild’s stories were sent to you with joy and to thank you for the wonderfulhelp given in providing daily nourishing meals for our school children in thispart of Sierra Leone, Banta – Mokelleh chiefdom in Moyamba District.
As mentioned in other reports, the BTA feeding program serves as the greatestmotivation to get our children to school in this literacy backward andpoverty-stricken community. So far the BTA school feeding program, incollaboration with COTN’s educational activities, has helped reduce theilliteracy rate in Banta –Mokelleh by 12%. In April this year COTN will send 30senior high school students to the external examinations for Universityadmission. The grade 9 students made a 100% passes in their externalexaminations for admission to senior school. The 6th grade studentsalso did well in their external exams for admission to the junior high school.We are happy to report that in all these BTA played a significant role to bringCOTN schools to this level of achievement.
School reopened on the 4th January for the commencement of the 2ndterm. The kids were so excited to return from school after a short Christmasbreak. Preparation of BTA meals for the various schools resumed immediately onthe 4th January. The school kids enrolled at the village partnershipproject were also excited to resume school knowing that their daily meal atschool is sure.
The regional office of the World Food Program (WFP) in Moyamba donated 20 bags ofbulgur and five cartoons of vegetable oil towards the feeding program. Theyinformed COTN that such supply will not be regular since our project proposalfor constant food supply is under due consideration by WFP. We have saved thesedonated food items for some cloudy days ahead. An effort to indentifyprospective school feeding organizations within and without Sierra Leone is indire progress.
COTN is extremely thankful to BTA, its donors and more to the Armstrong family inthe U.S for their constant donation and support to keep the Banta schoolfeeding program alive and active. Thank you Sarah, thank you BTA, thank you theArmstrongs.
CHILDREN’S SUCCESS STORIES
TITY MANNAH– is a ten year old Girl attending COTN school in Ngolala. She is in classthree. She stays at Senehun village about seven kilometers away from theschool’s location in Ngolala. She walks with friends daily to school. She has apoor vision and uses glasses provided by COTN which makes it difficult for herto walk seven kilometers daily to school. She has two younger brothers who arenot attending school but staying with their Uncle in the village.
According to Tity, she does not bring any lunch to school and so finds it difficult to do well in her school work. She expresses her extreme happiness in school now that she is assured of her daily meal fromBTA. Her teacher confirmed her academic progress in school.
Tity is also a beneficiary in COTN’s “Challenged Kids Project” in Ngolala. TITUS BALLAY – isa ten year old boy attending COTN School in Ngolala. He walks from Mokpangubawhere he lives about five kilometers away. He is in class 4A.
According to Titus, his biological parents have longbeen separated. The Mother is now married to another man who now becomes Titus’step father. The Step Father had always stopped Titus from going to schoolbecause he wanted him to help with the farm work (Garri production). Thisbecame a big problem for Titus since he is desirous to be educated. Titus willhide himself and sneak to be in school without fees, books nor lunch. Tituslater confided in his teacher who encouraged him to be determined and studiousand got him enrolled in our “village partnership project” (VPP). His fees andbasic learning materials are all provided by the VPP .With the provision of BTAfood, Titus is fed everyday and is very happy to be in school. He is alsogrowing spiritually as he now attends church with other COTN children. He camefrom a Muslim family background. He is thankful to God for helping him grow inall his development.
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