Children of the Nations® (COTN®) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising children out of poverty and hopelessness so they can become leaders who transform their nations. COTN currently provides care to orphaned and destitute children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.
COTN partners with numerous businesses, organizations, foundations, and churches to accomplish the vision of raising children who transform nations. In each country where we serve, COTN builds relationships with competent nationals who share our core values and commitment to our vision and mission. We continue to advance our mission through partnerships that offer unique skills, resources, and knowledge that complement our programs.
We seek to mobilize the expertise, capacity, and knowledge of our partners in a wide variety of ways to achieve development goals, contribute to national priorities, and advance community development. Targeting key issues with sustainability in mind, COTN seeks to co-design programs and projects, mutually supporting COTN and partner goals and capitalizing on available in-kind goods and services to move our mission forward.
We believe a sustainable approach to caring for the children and communities we serve is the most effective way to empower people to transform their nations. We are committed to designing, assessing, and improving the sustainability of our projects and programs. COTN is also committed to providing communities with sustainable development tools and methods in key areas including water, agriculture, renewable energy, and microfinance (WARM initiatives).
Continual learning and growth are foundational to ensuring our mission is best accomplished. We embrace process improvement and seek to create partnership agreements that are living documents that can be built and improved upon as we grow and learn as an organization.
Countless individuals and organizations around the world have partnered with COTN to raise children who transform nations. Here is a glimpse of some of these partners:
- Affordable Self Storage of Silverdale is partnering with COTN by donating storage space for books from our Global Book Club. Now partners can drop off books at the storage unit and volunteers will sort them for shipping to COTN's overseas schools.
- American Lutheran Church has been busy in the Dominican Republic. They organized a wedding ceremony at COTN’s Casa Bethesda mission house for nineteen Dominican couples, paid for 150 children to attend COTN’s summer camp, hosted a quinceañera for 18 girls in Los Robles, poured three concrete floors in Algodón, and held a pastors conference and couples training.
- Bill and Josh Bollinger set a goal to raise $1,000 for COTN by organizing the 50-mile Bike Ride. Thanks to their efforts and their supporters, they did it!
- City Closers, LLC is partnering with COTN to provide excellent real estate services while helping children in need. City Closers is a top-notch boutique real estate firm in Seattle that believes in empowering children. Upon your real estate closing with City Closers, at your request, they will donate $500 to COTN. To learn more, visit www.CityClosers.com or call 206-554-1622.
- Clean the World has donated tens of thousands of bars of soap to COTN, to be shipped to the countries we serve. The organization collects used bars of soap and shampoo bottles from hotels throughout North America that would normally be thrown away. Through a process of sterilization, melting the soap, and making new bars, Clean the World distributes the soap and shampoo to people in the poorest areas of the world to prevent infectious diseases and death.
- The Coto de Caza community raised $50,000 for our secondary school in Malawi during our annual banquet.
- Bruce and Michelle Crawford have partnered with COTN in many ways since their trip to Malawi. They sponsor children, organized a medical Venture team, hosted Malawian guests, organized a large gathering of friends and acquaintances to hear directly from Malawian children.
- Crossroads Bible Church packaged 50,000 meals at a meal packaging event to aid in Haiti earthquake relief efforts.
- Krystel Tien has used her business, Couture Events, to benefit our children. Krystel donated 10 percent of Couture’s profits to support nonprofit organizations serving in Africa, including COTN’s programs in Malawi and Uganda.
- Downtown Church in Bellevue, Wash., partnered with COTN to host a 25K Meal Marathon event. More than 200 volunteers came together to package food for Sierra Leone.
- Expeditors International packaged 15,000 meals for COTN’s children in Malawi and raised money to send a shipping container full of supplies to Malawi.
- Futbol For Life has raised thousands for COTN’s children by hosting its annual Kitsap Cup soccer tournament on New Year’s Day at the Olympic Soccer and Sports Center in Bremerton, Wash. The group received numerous donations and help from local businesses and volunteers.
- Girl Scouts of the USA organized a meal-packaging event and informational meeting to get community leaders involved with COTN. Girl Scouts Anna South and Shelbi Stein planned the event, which attracted 50 people who packaged 2,000 meals to send to COTN’s Teen Girls Home in Malawi.
- HL2, a Seattle-based marketing and advertising agency, partnered with COTN and sent a Venture team to the Dominican Republic as a team-building activity.
- Saga Stevin, CEO and Founder of ibodyscience, has partnered with COTN to provide skin solution™ burn ointment towelettes as part of our medical care in Sierra Leone and Uganda. These have quickly seen positive results where COTN has used them. To learn more, visit www.ibodyscience.com.
- Liz Feree, Carissa Matthews, and Gabrielle Romano traveled to Malawi to help establish the Kamalathu Women’s Project in Mgwayi, a sister program to COTN’s Widows Program in nearby Mtsiliza.
- Kirkland Seventh Day Adventist School partnered with COTN to host a meal-packaging event, raising more than $800 and packaging 3,320 meals for our children.
- Richard and Pat Krell have faithfully given their time and bargain shopping expertise to assemble more than 1,000 SmilePacks®.
- Dan Angermiller, founder of Light Feet Project, brought a team from The Grove church in Chandler, Ariz., to Malawi to distribute shoes to the children in COTN’s Mtsiliza Village Partnership Program. The team fitted about 500 children with shoes, and gave thousands more pairs to people in neighboring communities.
- Loveless Apparel Company wanted to get people’s attention with their name. People are drawn in with curiosity. It means more LOVE, LESS hate. More LOVE, LESS oppression. More LOVE, LESS hunger. COTN has partnered with Loveless Apparel.
- Missio Lux Church in Sammamish, Wash., assembled 40,000 meals for children in Sierra Leone.
- Luis Sneaks, a nonprofit organization founded by students at the University of Washington in Seattle, teamed up with shoe manufacturer Native Shoes to send 1,250 pairs of new shoes to our children in the Dominican Republic. Native Shoes donated the footwear, and Luis Sneaks sold T-shirts to pay the shipping cost. For every T-shirt sold, Luis Sneaks sent two pairs of shoes to the Dominican Republic.
- Occoquan Bible Church made a series of trips to the Dominican Republic to help the people of Los Robles construct a new church building. The Occoquan crew installed the church’s roof and plumbing during their latest trip.
- Peninsula Bible Fellowship has partnered with COTN for many years. The church even volunteered to host COTN at their facilities for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon for more than 75 volunteers and staff.
- Margo Engberg combined her love of baking with her passion for children in distress by opening her own baking company PinkaBella Cupcakes. Proceeds benefit COTN.
- Real Thread, a design and print company based in Orlando, Fla., partnered with COTN to provide T-shirts for a past Run for Africa 5K fundraiser in Winter Springs, Fl. Real Thread provided the shirts at half their regular price. Real Thread’s mission is to become the nation’s leader in quality water-based textile printing, while creating their product in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Renew Outreach has been working with COTN's Spiritual Care department, providing great tools for evangelism, discipleship, and more. Find out more about Renew by visiting their website at renewoutreach.com.
- Rob Slezak of RLC Enterprises, a long-time partner of COTN, organized the a RLC Enterprises Golf Tournament to raise money for our micro-enterprise loan program in the Dominican Republic. The event drew 32 golfers and raised $1,500 for the program, which is administered through our partner Esperanza International.
- Seattle Pacific University women’s basketball team packaged 6,550 meals and raised $1,500 to help ship the meals to the children COTN serves. Some of the women also signed up to sponsor children in COTN’s I Love Baseball program.
- Silverdale Pee Wee Adult Association donated baseball bats, gloves, shirts, catching gear, and helmets to our I Love Baseball® program.
- Silverdale Rotary Club teamed up with the Sequim, Wash., Rotary Club to purchase and deliver a new van to our staff in the Dominican Republic.
- Southminster Presbyterian Church traveled to the Dominican Republic to construct latrines in the village of Altagracia as part of COTN’s clean water initiatives.
- Sports Gift provides sports equipment to impoverished and disadvantaged children throughout the world and promotes sports related community service to share God’s love with people in need. Sports Gift has provided soccer, baseball gear, and uniforms for our school sports outreach programs.
- Dr. Don Stevens, after participating in a medical Venture trip to the Dominican Republic, combined his hobby of beekeeping with his passion for the Dominican Republic. Launching his "Sweet Deal" fundraising project. Stevens offers his patients 1 1/2 or 2 lbs. of honey for a donation to COTN.
- Jon Strong of Strong Films is using his skills as a filmmaker to partner with COTN. After visiting Malawi on a COTN Venture trip, Jon made a film detailing his experience. He has allowed COTN to use the film, which is a powerful tool in getting new partners excited about COTN.
- Summit Church in Orlando, Fla., connects church members with ministry opportunities such as placing Coin Banks in local businesses, assembling SmilePacks, or organizing containers of supplies for Malawi.
- Team Sports specializes in custom screen printing and embroidery, as well as supplying sporting equipment for local sports teams and hobbyists. The owners have also partnered with COTN to gather and donate sports equipment for COTN children in Africa and the Dominican Republic.
- United Baptist Church has focused on COTN in their children's ministry. The church supports Jeff and Connie Lander in their work (Jeff is on staff with COTN), but the church decided that they would like to do more. They took on the projects of gathering and assembling Hygiene Smilepacks®, taking weekly offerings for the mission work, and inviting missionaries to come speak with the children.
- The United Way of Kitsap County transformed the COTN–USA campus by planting flowers, pulling weeds, and making the property more beautiful during the annual United Way Day of Caring.
- Mark Marty witnessed the positive impact that our Widows Program was having on empowering women to run their own businesses. He decided to work on micro-enterprising for the program. He has helped set up micro-enterprise programs in COTN countries.
- Wristbands.net is partnering with COTN to provide wristbands for various uses by children and staff in the countries we serve. The first batch of 200 wristbands was donated to the children and staff at COTN's Banta Children's Village in Sierra Leone.
- Therese Xandrew began to sew dresses for girls in Malawi by using slightly used or new pillow cases. To date, she’s sent countless dresses to our women and children.