A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa

To improve the lives of women and children in the West Coast country of Sierra Leone through financial support of small, community-based organizations. These organizations provide food, clothing, medical services, counseling and education to children; raise the potential of Sierra Leone women through education and skills training and combat corruption through information and public education. The foundation's objective is to have an immediate impact on the lives of the women and children.
Nov 9, 2016

Ebola is gone but so many Challenges Still Remain

I’ve just returned from my first trip to Sierra Leone in several years.  The Ebola outbreak – known in Sierra Leone as “the Ebola period” – kept me from travelling to this wonderful country that I missed so much. Ebola is gone but so many challenges still remain.

The trip was full of amazing moments but so too some sadness.  While A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA) is clearly doing so much and making such a difference (more later), the country’s economy is in terrible, terrible shape.  The price of everything has more than doubled.  There is a shortage of petrol.  There is more unemployment than ever and there are many, many children living on the street – some as young as two years old.

So please – keep helping. Keep supporting BTA so children can eat (when they would not otherwise) and these children can be educated and these children can succeed.  Please do that at a time when it is more important than ever.

Very Good News at This Tough Time – Thank You...

  • Our feeding program in the Upper Banta chiefdom is up to 1200 students – we provide lunch to children of ages from nursery school to Senior Secondary School.  They only get food at school.  This nourishment – for years running now because of you! – means they can study and pass exams.  Some grades are up to 90% passage rate of the national exams.
  • The support we gave to the Ben Hirsch orphanage in the province of Kenema during the Ebola period literally saved lives of these children who are either Ebola survivors or children of two parents who died of Ebola and are having a terribly hard time getting adopted.  Our support in the form of food and medical supplies came at a time when so many non-profit-organizations pulled out of Sierra Leone.  We didn’t and these children are doing so well because of it.  And so, so grateful.
  • We visited a small school for street children ages 2 – 4.  Yes – street children.  They come now each day to get food and start their A, B, Cs and numbers.  Now that I’ve been exposed to this, I will wholeheartedly find a way to add sending funding to these kids as soon as I can. 

I love this work.  The children love us.  And I am sending love to all of you and a great appreciation to you for continued support. Let's work together to make Sierra Leone whole again. 

Aug 3, 2016

Kids Stay Healthy and Educated in Sierra Leone

Overview Report for A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa – Feeding Program for Children

July 2016

God’s blessing is on Children of the Nations Sierra Leone (COTN SL). This blessing has continued over the years and it is still continuing. The end of the Ebola Virus was another blessing although it leaves its own mark of which it has led many people in Sierra Leone to more solitude because of their lost ones, many children also suffered because of the lack of schooling and excellent and quality education. Teachers in other schools were laid to redundancy, and yet still Children of the Nations Sierra Leone’s teachers were on full paid salary basis even when schools were not functioning.

The school pupils and children of COTN SL were praying and eventually they were given dry rations, benefitted from books that were supplied including radios and other learning materials. Full treatments by the clinic staff was done in checking daily temperatures of every COTN SL staff and children. There was a fence that was erected around the compound of over one hundred acre land.

The provision of gifts and generous donations of financial support coupled with prayers has been very tremendous as children are nourished by the B.T.A.  The school of a population of about one thousand and twenty nine pupils have benefitted and are still benefitting from eating this meal that is cooked for them as this helps them in their holistic care.

The school year of two terms for Sierra Leone schools was a suggestion and implementation made by the Government through planning and restructuring of schools. As schools resumed, teachers have worked hard towards their goals and National Education goals to make it effective for the smooth running of schools.

The followings were the school calendars:

  1. 1st Term – 4th January 2016 – 24th March 2016
  2. 2nd Term – 4th April 2016 – 18th July 2016

During this time the schools were on hard work and effective learning.

The pupils and teachers cooperated fully which made a great impact on the learning of the children. About 70% to 80% of the pupils gained promotion to another level for this academic school year. We are hoping and grateful to the Almighty for taking us through and none of our children and staffs were affected by the Ebola Virus. The new system of another academic year will start on the 12th September 2016/2017 school year.

Praise to God for all His wonderful blessings for Children of the Nations – staff and children. We also thank God for the strong leadership of COTN SL.

Young Girl’s Story

“I came to COTN through my elder sister.  My first classes were great” she said. “And I think with this particular school, I know that something good will come out for me” she continues. “I know that with the help of God and my efforts I can be sure of improving my knowledge here” she added. One of the things she really admired about the school is the effective learning which she was lacking in her previous school. The teachings she said were well understandable and there are adequate teachers who are there to make sure that the learning is accurate.

Another thing she really likes is the school feeding program known as the BTA (Brighter Tomorrow for Africa) which is actually allowing her to stay much longer in school. This school feeding has made her to be more energetic in her learning and has widened her brain to do her studies more effectively.

Because of you, she is now eating a healthy meal at school. “The BTA meal keeps me healthy and strong and most importantly after eating it; I had the energy to stay till school is off for the day” she said.

Apr 11, 2016

BTA Continues to Help Beautiful Children

MALLORY JANSEN MEMORIAL SCHOOL – NGOLALA UPPER BANTA CHIEFDOM, MOYAMBA DISTRICT S.L

JANUARY TO MARCH 2016 

In a post recovery period of Ebola, we thank you for continued support for the provision of food through A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA) funding.

This has made a remarkable impact on the lives of our school going children in Upper Banta Mokelleh Chiefdom Sierra Leone.

In a community meeting with parents of the pupils, they were happy saying the Children of the Nation school Sierra Leone is the only school in this part of the country that is feeding children at school. That is the reason why their children are doing so well in learning with the support of the teaching staff. Quality education is standard in every COTN SL schools.

The number of the school enrolment has increased over the years and parents are coming with their children for new admission into the COTN SL schools. Food has been cooked well and nutritious for the children to eat at lunch time. The girl-child education and early child-hood education is improving at the community level.

Children’s Stories:

  • A seven year old boy who is in class 2 is doing well.  He says he is happy to be in school every morning because there is good food meal (the BTA) every lunch hour for him to eat. This makes him happy to learn more and think well in class.

He said he would like to study hard to pass his exams because when he was in the nursery, the Ebola Virus outbreak did not give him any chance of schooling for fear of the attack. Now that he is in school, he is eager to top his class in any examinations.

“My future dream is to become a Lawyer to help defend the poor people and children that do not get good support from their parents,” he said. At home he always asks his brothers to assist him with his school homework and he is highly curious to learn. He is thankful for the opportunity given to him in attending school at Ngolala.

  •  A seventeen year old girl in the Senior Secondary School Ngolala wants to become an accountant after completing her Secondary and University education.


She sat to the National Primary School Exams (NPSE) and got a good grade to go to the Junior Secondary School (JSS).  She continued to grow gradually in her academic work throughout the JSS and was then enrolled for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE). She passed her BECE exams and got aggregate 22 which is a very good grade.

 “I have now got the courage to learn more in school. I am now in the Senior Secondary School (SSS) in grade eleven (11). In the SSS, I am currently studying very hard to complete and make sure I got good passing grades on all my class subjects. The BTA food has been really a good source of strength for me especially in the area of my hunger.”

 She continued. “The BTA food is more effective to me now that we have the one shift school system. It helps and keeps us full throughout the whole school day.”

  •  A ten year old girl in class 3A attending COTN SL School Ngolala lives at Jiminga Village about two miles from her school. She has five sisters of the same mother and father. The parents are farmers who lived on subsistence farming. Among these children, they have four of them that are attending COTN SL School at Ngolala.

She says she is very happy being in school because she wants to learn and finish up to become a nursing sister in her village.

When asked about the BTA food meal, she always tell her parents not to worry about lunch or school feeding because she eats the BTA every day when she is in school. “The food I eat in school is very delicious and healthy which makes me to grow more and stronger in both my academic and physical body fit” she said. In school, she is among the first five students in her class since she started school in the nursery. 

 
   

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