Children of the Nations (COTN), located in Silverdale, is launching its first Village Partnership Program in Haiti, in the community of Bellevue.
Children of the Nations has hired two Haitian staff members, and has solidified an all-Haitian board of directors in-country. They have identified the community of Bellevue, an area just outside of Port-au-Prince, which was near the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake.
This community has shown an extreme need for education, basic nutrition, and spiritual leadership, and is also ready and willing to partner with COTN, working alongside in-country staff to bring about transformation. In a country overflowing with NGOs, the community leader of Bellevue publicly recognized COTN as an organization that works differently than most, "working with us, not around us," he said.
COTN–Haiti staff identified seventy-five children under the age of eight to be part of COTN's sponsorship program. These children will begin attending school at a nearby Christian school, and will get to attend an after-school program led by COTN–Haiti staff that includes tutoring, Bible lessons, games, and nutritious meals. Future plans include constructing a school in the community to better meet their education needs.
Children of the Nations is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children who transform nations. The organization currently serves in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.