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



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. 

Jan 12, 2016

BTA Helps as Sierra Leone Get Thru Ebola Crisis

A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Continues to Make a Difference – Helping Sierra Leone get through the Ebola Crisis

As of December 2015, the school you are supporting has completed two "new" terms of the academic year.  Recall that schools were closed weh the Ebola crisis was at its worst but in April, the Ministry of Education Science and Technology was firm in decision sure that schools in Sierra Leone could be re-opened. This great move was accepted by all educational institutions. Mallory Jansen Memorial School of Children of the Nations was one of the fortunate schools to re-open.

We send our thanks for this great opportunity given to our school especially for the help from our donors who are helping in their own little way by sending money. Our school-going children are able to eat beause of A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA) that benefits our children in their daily lunch at school.

This nutritious food is helping them in their holistic life. We continue to see that the quality of education is improving as teachers are fully teaching the students. As we went through the first term, the children that were fearing not to come to school because of the Ebola virus are now prepared to come to school every day. Provision of health security was made by the Ministry such as thermometers for temperature checking and hand washing stations which was done on a daily basis in school.

Children that are coming from distant communities are now regular in school because they hope to have a good learning environment and good food before they go home. The total enrollment in the school is 1,057 pupils with a total number of 40 teachers that are fully employed by Children of the Nations SL organization.

During the crisis, the children of Mallory Jansen School were getting gifts and dry rations. They were given radios, notebooks, pens, and other learning materials, thanks to A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa.

Once school reopened, the months were full of effective learning for our children. This helped them to do their assessment test and examinations to move to another level. Parents are very grateful whenever they visit the schools seeing their children healthy and doing well in school.

The BTA food meal has been extended to other branch schools such as Mokpangumba and Mosenesie schools. The children of these schools are very happy that they too are eating good meals like the Ngolala school.

Many prayers are being offered by children in their devotions for our donors in providing food for their livelihood and making them active when they are in school. They also pray for Aunty Sarah Armstrong for the efforts and assistance that she has made it possible for such a good feeding program in Sierra Leone.

Joseph BK Lamboi, National Education Supervisor provided the information for this report

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