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.
Please see full report in PDF attached. Thank you
A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Report Global Giving June 2011
A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA) continues to supportthe feeding program of Children of the Nations in Sierra Leone, West Africawhich centers on an area of this country with great needs, where the childrenneed to be encouraged. The involvement of BTA, and the nutritious meals whichthey provide for so many of our school going children, positively impacts theirdevelopment in many ways.
Good food plays a great role in the physical health of achild but is also crucial in their mental advancement. Not only does improvednutrition allow for the healthy development of a child’s brain but theincentive provided by the meals served daily at school encourages the childrenand youth to come and come regularly. Since time spent at a Mallory Jansen Memorial School also involves the development of social skills and spiritual understanding itcan be said that BTA assists Children of the Nations greatly in our vision ofcaring for children holistically. With the support of BTA we can reach ourgoals and bring more girls and boy in to school. In the past, children were coming to school hungry and tired. Most parents in our community cannotprovide breakfast for their children. With the help of BTA we are able toassist some children with milk in the morning hours and then later in the dayall of the students benefit from the main BTA meal. In the second term of thisacademic year we were blessed by some additional assistance offered by WorldFood Program. They have been able to give us some bulger wheat, vegetable oiland salt. With the help of this supply we have been able to expand the BTAfeeding program. Now we are able to give all of our children both breakfast andlunch at school. Breakfast is served from 7.30 am with the school day beginningat 8 am. Lunch is then prepared by around 12 pm.
A Child’s Story –Lombeh Sheriff
Lombeh Sheriff is 14 years old and she is in Prep 6. She lives at Senehun village which isabout 2 miles from the school she attends, Mallory Jansen Memorial Primary School, Ngolala .
Lombeh always walks to school through the stream that passes between Senehun and Ngolala. Her parents arefarmers. Lombeh often came to school late and hungry, already tired for her morning class. With the expansion of our feeding program this academic year, Lombeh’s punctuality at school has been very exciting to see. This will help in both Lombeh’s educational performance as well as her physical health.
A Child’s Story - LahaiYovenah
Lahai Yovenah is a 15 year old boy staying at Wubangayvillage but during the week he transfers to a village called Monicawe about 1mile from our school in Ngolala. Lahai is one of the children who has benefitedfrom BTA meals since they began being offered in our schools. Lahai is now inJunior Secondary School 1, growing strong and furthering his education.
A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa is a real blessing for ourchildren in Banta Mokelleh. It brings us all great joy to be able to offer suchhope to these children.
Number of Children being served food daily – As of June 2011
Number of children
MJM Nursery, Ngolala
MJM Primary, Ngolala
MJM JSS, Ngolala
MJM SSS, Ngolala
MJM Skills Training, Ngolala
MJM Nursery, Mokpangumba
MJM Primary, Mokpangumba
MJM Nursery, Mosenesi
MJM Primary, Mosenesi
MJM Nursery, Marjay Town
MJM Primary, Marjay Town
Progress Report For A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Foundation (BTA) SCHOOL FEEDING AT UPPER BANTA CHIEFDOM MOYAMBA DISTRICT Sierra Leone, West Africa Upper Banta Mokelleh is situated in the Moyamba District which is located in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, West Africa. The Mokelleh Chiefdom is the smallest in terms of population since the war ended in 2002. Many people in this area were killed by the rebels who entered the country through the South during the ten year conflict. It is also considered among the most backward impoverished area in the country – but things are changing! There is now a future for the children in Banta Mokelleh, because of a well-established feeding program for children who are now going to school each day in this area. Working with Children of the Nations intervention since 2005, A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA) has continued to provide the opportunity for the children in Upper Banta Mokelleh to a full cup of milk in the morning when they first arrive at school and then later, between 11am and 12pm, the main meal is served to now six hundred and eighty children each day. The meal is cooked by the women of neighboring villages and is served on a plate of rice, which is served with a palatable source. This can either in the form of a leafy vegetable as well as groundnut stew, beans and palm oil with fish. Due to better nourishment, the children are now in much improved health and are therefore able to more fully access quality education as their brains are healthier and much more capable of learning. There is also a component of improved agriculture for the community as BTA and Children of the Nations are working together to build and harvest a farm to supplement our program. Also, since the children getting enough food in the school community, the status of our school in the last national primary school examination result has improved tremendously. Last year results were very excellent, for example. 58 of the pupils who sat for the BECE examination all passed with an average score of aggregate 16 which brought a score of 100% successes in the Upper Banta chiefdom. Additionally, the extension of food supply to our schools has been of great help as parents are sending their children to our schools especially from the neighboring villages. And, there has been a great effect on the running of the school. According to the head teacher, the impact of the food program has recruited more pupils and staffs. Even the nearby villager like Mokonde and Hemabu villages are sending their children to school. Because of this, more attention in the children academic performance is good. The children are rapidly growing in their physical, mental, social and spiritual development. Typical examples of our cluster school children from Mopanguba primary school are: Kudus Kamara and Aisha Sidikie both of whom started school when they were completely malnourished because the homes from which they came had barely anything to eat. Now are never late for school and are doing very well in school as they are regular in their school attendance. As the year progresses, there is a high increase in the enrollment of pupils than the previous years. We hope to sometime increase the number of children supported by BTA at this time. There are brothers and sisters of our students who want to join their siblings at school, and we will must find a way to continue to provide essential nourishment to this special community in Sierra Leone, West Africa where one in five children die of malnourishment before their fifth birthday. Without the support of Global Giving, our program may have very well be in danger of being severely reduced. Due to the economy and other factors, fund raising in 2010 had become quite challenging and we did not have the funds to maintain the $4470 a month budget on our own. THANK YOU from all of us! Submitted March 1, 2011 by BTA Director, Sarah Armstrong and Upper Banta National Education Supervisor, Mr. Joseph Lamboi Contact: Sarah Armstrong Sarah.email@example.com
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