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.
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