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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