School Feeding Program in Sierra Leone

by A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa

Global Giving

Report for Summer 2015

A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa Foundation

When we last provided a report to this wonderful group of generous donors, we talked about how much of a toll the Ebola outbreak was taking on the people of Sierra Leone we adore.

Things have improved … there are fewer cases reported now than in a long time.  And as a result – our children wereable to return to the school at which we then began again to provide them breakfast and lunch.

As you’ll recall, because of the outbreak of the disease and the declaration of a public state of emergency, the movement of people from one place to the other was thwarted. Household members in the Upper Banta and Lower Banta Chiefdoms in the Moyamba District and Bumpe Chiefdom in the Bo District (the area in which BTA works) were mandated to stay in their villages which prevented children from going to school where they were being provided their meals. 

In order to address this, we changed our model and brought food to the villages so the children would not go without the nutrition they so desperately need.

This went on until mid-April.  Now, as we mentioned above, they are back at school and they are now able to take their meals as they did before the Ebola outbreak and the declared state of emergency.  The schools were completely disinfected and cleaned. Health talks were initiated in our schools to ensure that our children stay safe and healthy; the children have adopted extremely good hand washing habits and conversations about how to prevent the spread of the disease continue.

For this of course, we are all incredibly grateful and grateful to you for your support.  Here are some sentiments expressed by the people for whom we provide in Sierra Leone:

On behalf of the entire school children and staff of COTN – SL we wish to tender our since gratitude and appreciation for all your donations to the children of Sierra Leone in particular children of the Mallory Jansen Memorial Schools.

You have stayed with believing that these children will someday transform nations. The Ebola Disease has seriously posed untold hardship to children and their families. We therefore ask for more  support in ensuring that school attendance of children are maintained, drop-out rates reduced and certainly improve the cognitive and learning abilities of children.

Be encouraged to continue the good work of faith as we strive to raise children that will someday become agents of transformational change in their communities and ultimately this nation. With this we say thanks to you, your family, friends and all the well-wishers and supporters of BTA.

Also to share:

We mentioned in our last update we had identified an orphanage for children whose parents have died of Ebola.  When parents die in Sierra Leone, the tradition is that the children are taken in by family and/or residents of the village.  This however, is not happening when the kids are “Ebola orphans.”  People appear to be afraid of them.  So Sierra Leone has had to open a lot of new orphanages.

BTA therefore extended its work to provide funding for food and medical supplies to one of these orphanages, located in Kenema … an area hard hit by the epidemic. 

Our intention is to continue to provide for this orphanage and we encourage you to please continue your financial support to BTA in order to help us be able to do this, and continue the feeding program.

Thank you again for everything.

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A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa (BTA)

Focusing on Children in Sierra Leone

At a Devastating Time


Report from Sarah Armstrong, Director, BTA


It’s critical I know for us to regularly share with you updates on how investments in BTA are making a difference to the people of Sierra Leone. And please be reassured that all of your investments are making a difference. Thanks to you, we’ve been able to continue the feeding programme with the students who live in the Upper Banta region of the province of Moyamba.


But things have been VERY challenging for us because of Ebola. I know you are all aware of just how horribly this monster of an epidemic has affected West Africa … and certainly in Sierra Leone.


It is flat out heartbreaking. But BTA has responded in ways of which we can all be proud.


The children have been quarantined in their villages due to Ebola. So we have done the following:


  • We purchased no-touch thermometers and sent them over to Sierra Leone so that the children could have their temperatures read safely and regularly.


  • We have switched the feeding programme to a programme where we are now delivering food to the villages. As you know, they used to get their meals from BTA at school. But they don’t go to school any more … so without our new system … they would not eat.


  • We purchased radios for each of the villages. Because the kids cannot go to school to learn, the country has developed a system whereby the teachers provide lessons by radio. The lessons are broadcasted from a central location but the kids in our villages were not able to hear the lessons because they did not have radios. Now they do – thanks to BTA.



We identified an orphanage for children whose parents have died of Ebola. When parents die in Sierra Leone, the tradition is that the children are taken in by family and/or residents of the village. This however, is not happening when the kids are “Ebola orphans.” People appear to be afraid of them. So Sierra Leone has had to open a lot of new orphanages.


BTA has provided funding for food and medical supplies to one of these orphanages, located in Kenema … an area hard hit by the epidemic.


I will end this report with a note from the wonderful person who directs the programme for us in Sierra Leone…


The Distribution of the BTA food to our children is a big blessing to Children of the Nations organization ever since the Ebola outbreak. This has always helped in developing the holistic life of our children in sustaining their lively hood. They are always praying and so excited whenever this food is distributed to them.

In the distribution period the parents are grateful for all that Aunty Sarah Armstrong and other donors are doing for their children. They are also praying for God’s showers of blessing on whosoever is helping in their resources for the education of their children.


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Thanks and appreciate for the BTA food program given to Mallory Jansen Memorial School, Ngolala.

 These needy and vulnerable children are thankful and appreciative to all those that have special interest in them to provide food for their holistic life development and in their learning. Their thoughts and hope is growing stronger in their daily activities at home and in their schools. Their parents and guardians are continually praying for those families that are providing such a nutritious food as BTA food in which their wards are benefitting from every day.

 The school is growing in strength every day and more children are admitted into our school program because of the high standard of educational learning that is taking place. As a new school, the school has developed to Senior Secondary level. Our children have registered for the West African Examinations Council WASSCE for Nov/Dec 2014. We are praying that they come up with a very good result.

 In this 3rd term, there have been minor illness in the change of our weather but we are thankful that COTN-SL clinic is hard at work in taking the health care delivery to the school and always de-worming our children. Mokpangumba School is gradually progressing and thank God there will be a school building structure in September 2014-2015. Our enrollment statistics are 1,125 total children that we are providing education for, nursery through University.


The testimonies and children’s stories are shown in the pictures and in the real stories of them and their family life. We appreciate you all who are funding this and may God bless you in all your endeavors.

 Yours faithfully,

Joseph Lamboi

National Education Supervisor

 Children’s stories

  •  A 12 year old boy who is attending Mallory Jansen Primary school in Ngolala: He is in grade 4 and lives in Ngolala Village. He has two brothers and four sisters who are all attending Ngolala primary school. His father and mother had long separation in their marital relationship when he was nine years old. He said he could not remember all that happened between his parents but when they were in another village, one morning his father took them to Ngolala Village and said to them that their mother did not love them, therefore they are moving to COTN School.

 When they came to Ngolala Village, their father took them to school and explained to the head teacher why he has brought them to school. They then went to the Country Director, and she helped and encouraged their father by allowing them all to attend school. As they have been attending the school, their father is a mason in the construction department of COTN-SL building classroom structures.

 When asked about what the BTA food is doing in his life, he was pleased to say that God has made it possible for their survival because every day in school they get a meal a day which is making him physically strong and even helping him to read because he does not go hungry when he is in school.

 This young man is proud to say he would like to go to college to become a medical doctor or a nurse to help other people in their health care. He said he is thankful and appreciative to his father for making it possible for all of them to attend school in Ngolala. He is also pleased to say that the food they eat in school is encouraging most of the children in Ngolala community to come to school early because they get breakfast and a good meal for the day. He wishes God’s blessing for all those that are supporting the BTA program in helping Sierra Leonean children that are in needy positions for help.


  • A fifteen year old girl attending Mallory Jansen Junior Secondary School in Ngolala: She is in JSS3 preparing for Senior Secondary school next year. Her village is Kanga which is about 10 miles off from Ngolala. Her father is married to several wives living in the same household in Kanga village. She has four sisters and ten brothers. Five of her brothers are attending school. Her name means that she is the fortunate girl child that is attending school and now in JSS3. In their family, girls are not given the opportunity to go to school, instead they will join them in the societies and get married. According to her, she was attending a School in Gbnagatoke staying with her aunty who was a teacher in the school. When her father visited them last year when she was in JSS2, she told her father that she wanted to attend Mallory Jansen School. Her father consented because her brothers are attending school, so he wouldn’t mind brining her to Ngolala School. She was interviewed and admitted into JSS3.

When asked about the school food system, she said that the nourishing meal she gets in the school is helping her greatly as compared to the school she was in before. She is a Christian and comes to church every Sunday with her guardian who is working in COTN-SL clinic as a nurse.


  • A 13 year old girl in class 6 of COTN-SL school: She lives with a single parent in Ngolala village. She has two brothers and two sisters in the home. Her story is that she was attending school in Freetown, staying with her aunty up to class four. At one time, her mother went and took her in Freetown to come to Ngolala. When she asked her mother why, she was told that there was a good school in her village in Ngolala. So rather than her attending school in Freetown, she should come to Banta. She explained that she hadn’t wanted to come but the mother insisted that she joined her in Ngolala. She was told that her father was working in the mining company at Sierra Rutile Moriba Town. She willingly joined her mother. When they came, she was curious to see her father but was told by her mother that her father has left her to marry to another woman. She was sad at first, but when she was staying in the village, seeing other girls attending school, her mother suggested to her that they should come to school at COTN Ngolala.


She was interviewed and started attending Mallory Jansen primary school. One thing that interest her most is that every child is given an opportunity to learn and there is good BTA food for every child in the school. She enjoys eating with her friends during lunch. She said she does not worry about her mother giving her lunch at home. She said in school her best subjects are Home Economics, Math, and Physical and Health Education. When asked about her father, she confesses that she is not getting any help from him only her mother is caring for them at home. She is praying that God will bless those who are helping the COTN food program to provide more to them as they cannot afford to feed themselves as what is being done for all the school children in Ngolala. 

Mallory Jansen Memorial School, Ngolala Village, Upper Banta Chiefdom, Moyumba District

 Communities such as the one in which we are working continues to boast of having a formal schooling for children. Every parent is happy to see their children  in school. The good news of what is being provided from BTA in terms of food at school for children makes parents eager to send their children to school every year. This has made the school population increase every year. These are some of the children’s stories:

One story:

One thirteen year old girl in class five comes from a family where her parents are farmers whose income is low. When she was born separation became between her mother and father. She has two sisters and a brother. Since she is a girl her father decided to send the boy to school instead of her. One day her brother came from school whilst they were sharing stories with them he told them that there was food every day in school. Upon hearing this, she decided to tell her father that she would like to attend school at Ngolala. After some discussions with her grandmother, it was decided that she too should to school. They were welcomed by the Country Director who in turn advised her parents to continue helping their daughters to get education.  According to this young girl, since she started school she has been doing well because in school they don’t go hungry. There is food for every child that attends school. At times when she goes home she does not feel like eating because of the food that they give them in school.

She would like to become a Nursing Sister working in a clinic like nurse Jumbla who treats children in COTN Clinic in Ngolala. "The good environment of our school and feeding program is very encouraging to every student in the school. It is a big help to our parents because they don’t give us lunch to go to school. We are fed every morning when we are in school." 

The impact that BTA have is it makes every child in school not to go hungry. It makes changes in our academic work in school. We feel happy in going to meet other students. We also study every day because of our exams every term. She concludes by saying that ley God bless those families and organizations that are helping them in their school in Sierra Leone.

A second story:

Another young girl who goes to our school says that BTA has done a great deal in her life and she studies very hard so they can continue to attend in the Junior Secondary schools of Mallory Jansen School. In her future life she wants to be a teacher to teach children in school, that is why she wants her brother to be with her to teach him at home. She said it is a big blessing for the pupils in Ngolala eating food each time they are in school. May God bless Aunty Sarah who is helping on feeding the needy children in Upper Banta Chiefdom in Sierra Leone.  

And a third story:

A thirteen year old boy in class 5 at Mallory Jansen Memorial School Ngolala wants to be a doctor when he grows up. For now he is working hard in studying to pass and get 60% as a passing grade for his school. He says that BTA has done a lot for him in school. Some of the things he has enjoyed at school are through the feeding program of BTA. “I love in going to school every day. BTA food helps me not to ask my parents for lunch because I get breakfast and lunch at school.” BTA feeding program has helped every student tin Mallory Jansen School at Ngolala. Every pupil in our school benefits from the cooked food.

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A Brighter Tomorrow for Africa


During this period, the teaching staff has been effective in teaching the children. The children are always in school and ready to work. The daily school feeding has made our children stronger, healthier and more energetic to work hard in school.

I am also happy to report that there has been no major sickness among the pupils. The COTN Clinic staff did a great job in deworming all of them.

The BTA supply from Nursery through the Senior Secondary School has had a great impact on our children’s academic life being that they are boastful of having a good nutritious meal when they are in school.

This could show evidence on the attached pictures and stories of the children. Also the statistics of the school at Ngolala will show the total number of pupils that are benefitting from the BTA feeding program.

May God richly bless your organization for such a kind gesture and gifts to our beneficiaries.  We wish you all a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance.


CLASS TOTAL 2013/2014





Nursery 1




Nursery 2




Nursery 3




Prep 1




Prep 2




Prep 3




Prep 4




Prep 5




Prep 6




JSS Remedial












































Mokpangumba Nursery




Mokpangumba Primary




Mosenesi Nursery




Mosenesi Primary










End of term Report on Better tomorrow for Africa (BTA) for Mallory Jansen Memorial School, Ngolala, Upper Banta Chiefdom, Moyamba District, Sierra Leone, West Africa

A Child’s Story (1)

A ten-year-old girl in Class 3 who is the fourth child of ten children who lives in Condama Village.

According to her, she comes from a polygamous family. Her father has two other wives apart from her mother. Her father lives on subsistence farming for their survival.

She started attending Mallory Jansen Memorial School at the Nursery level. She said her parents could not afford to send all of the children to school, so they sent three of them, she being one of the fortunate ones.

Every day, they walk eight miles by foot to come to and from school. They usually come to school with an empty stomach. She started eating BTA-provided nourishment when she was in Prep 1 when she was malnourished. The good food she gets from school every day has improved her life. She is now learning more at school, because she is able to concentrate better. The serving of BTA to children such as this young girl has been helpful, because she personally likes eating BTA and it sustains her until she gets home to have a daily meal with her family in the evening. She is proud to say that she never goes home with an empty stomach.

She and her fellow students appreciate BTA so much.

A Child’s Story (2)

This is a story about a Junior Secondary School 1 (JSS1) student at Mallory Jansen Memorial School who lives with her parents live in Ngolala. Her parents are farmers and barely have enough to provide for them. She said her father has two wives and many children.

Her mother has a passion for children and would like to see them grow up healthy. She said the Brighter Tomorrow for Africa food is very good for all of the children in Ngolala School. The reason for this is that it makes them happy and gives them good nourishment. When she started eating BTA in school, she felt that everything was going to be smooth throughout her learning time in school.

One of the things she admires is that every school child looks very happy when eating BTA, because of its flavor and nourishment, especially during lunch when they are hungry.

Sometimes she and her siblings come to school without asking their parents for anything because they know that there will be food given to them at school each week day. This kind of help is very nice for every school child in Ngolala School. Their friends in other villages envy them when they meet together, because only COTN school provides food to their pupils in this part of Upper Banta Chiefdom.

She says the food encourages pupils to come to school every week throughout the term. It also helps them to grow and be strong every day. They also have hope that the feeding will continue in their school.

The food encourages them to stay in school longer and even for extra lessons. Lastly, this young lady says to let God bless all those that are contributing to give them good nourishing food, especially Aunty Sarah Armstrong and her family. She sends God’s best wishes and a Merry Christmas to the entire BTA family.

A Child’s Story (3)

A young man who  was born on the 14th of December 1999 live in a small village called Gmebagboh in Upper Banta Chiefdom. He is currently in JSS1. Each day, he comes from a far village to attend COTN School in Ngolala.

He told me a sad story about his life. He is one of four boys in his family. His mother and father are farmers. They hardly get enough food to eat because of the difficult life their parents are undergoing.

One day, a friend in their village who was attending the school told him about the BTA food in school. He said to him that every day in Mallory Jansen School supplies them food to eat. He secretly told his mother to tell his father that he would like to attend school in Ngolala. The mother wondered how she was going to tell her husband about this decision of wanting to attend school, and, since the young man  could not wait on his request made to his mother he followed his friend that was attending COTN School.

After searching for him in the village, his father came to the school during lunch time. He met them eating food that was served to his friend. From that day, his father decided to send him to school and registered him in COTN’s Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Ngolala.

This story becomes more interesting. He started eating good nourishing meals daily. His academics began to improve as time went on. His personal health also improved, and he was healthier than the time he was in his village not attending school.

According to him, the BTA food is very useful for every school child that is attending school in Ngolala. They are very grateful for the BTA supply and hope that it will continue as it has a great impact in their learning at school.

A Child’s Story (4)

A young girl in prep 4 pupil in Mallory Jansen Memorial School in Ngolala lives with her mother and father in Ngolala Village with other children who are attending school at Mallory Jansen.

She is happy to be attending school, because girl child education is now a right for every girl. One of the things that interests her is the food supply and the new teachers in their school.

Every day at school, they are given food to eat during lunch. This food makes them very strong and healthy. The teachers teach them many things, which makes her happy and not want to be late for school. Therefore, she is always in school and does all of her homework.

She says that BTA is important to her because it gives her more energy to stay in school. Also, BTA has helped improve her Christian life because they pray at school each time before they eat. The BTA helps other children that do not have food at home to be able to eat something each day.

BTA encourages pupils to be regular in school every day. It also helps them pay more attention to what they are being taught, because they are not thinking about how hungry they are and they have more energy from the food.

She concludes by saying that our Almighty God will bless all those that are providing BTA food for the poor children in COTN. It is helping to transform their lives. Merry Christmas to all the donors and the BTA family in America.

A Child’s Story (5)

This is a story about  a nine-year-old girl in Class 4. She lives in Ngolala village with her widowed grandmother. Her father stays in another village called Jiminga, which is about eight miles from Mallory Jansen primary school. According to her story, her mother has separated from her father when she was a year old. Being an elderly man of sixty years, her father could not take care of her so her grandmother had to take care of her. When she grew old enough to attend school, her grandmother moved to Ngolala village to make sure she  would start attending school.

This young lady was admitted into Mallory Jansen, where she has done very well academically. She is currently in the primary school. When asked how she is coping with her schoolwork, she says one of the reasons she is able to learn and focus is because the help she is getting through the food that is provided each day in school. Though she is not getting lunch from her grandmother, she feels happy when she is in school because she knows she will have a meal at midday.

She further went on to say that the BTA has nourished her body and makes her very strong and active in her class. In the morning, she walks for nearly half a mile to come to school with her friends.  She is happy and says she wants to become a doctor after she completes Secondary School in the future.

She prays that God blesses those that are supplying the food for the poor children in Ngolala.


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