In order to raise healthy, well-rounded children, we believe the whole child must be cared for.
Children of the Nations® (COTN®) emphasizes holistic care, addressing physical, spiritual, social, and mental growth in all our children.
We seek to create an environment that meets the child’s basic needs, encourages their individual desires and passions, and promotes excellence in achievement.
See below for how we define Physical Care, Spiritual Care, Social Care, and Education, and how you can help children realize their full potential in each of these areas.
Our ultimate goal is to raise children who are physically healthy and able to promote health in their own lives, their communities, and beyond.
We do this by ensuring the children have access to medical and dental care, clean water, and nutritious foods. We also promote health by providing health education, physical fitness programs, and public health initiatives.
Why Physical Care Matters
We believe quality physical care is a tangible expression of God’s love and conveys worth to every child.Children in the areas where we serve face daily challenges in accessing quality medical care, nutritious food, and clean water. It is devastating. Many do not live comfortably, and with their essential needs unmet, they cannot grow properly.
A sick child cannot participate in school, in their family, or their community. A well child can function and even thrive as they grow and develop.
Children of the Nations’ Physical Care program addresses the suffering our children face, and this gives them the opportunity to grow physically healthy and develop into the leaders they’re capable of becoming.
How You Can Help with Physical Care
You can help children in Africa and the Caribbean live healthier lives by getting involved with Children of the Nations in any of these ways:
Join a Venture Heal team! Children need yearly physical exams to ensure they’re growing properly. Book your trip now to help!
Through sound Biblical training, evangelistic activities and outreaches (such as summer camps and youth retreats), scripture memory, devotionals, worship, and discipleship, our children are introduced to Jesus Christ and taught of His love for them. Our desire is to raise children who demonstrate a vibrant and authentic faith in Jesus Christ.
While each child in our care is encouraged to explore their spirituality, guidance and truth are applied to this exploration with the hope that they will choose to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. No child is ever coerced or forced into a relationship with Jesus. Just as biological parents lead their family spiritually, so we also lead our children.
Within Spiritual Care, we focus on two main elements to a person’s spiritual journey—evangelism and discipleship—so our children have opportunities to hear the truth and walk in it. Evangelism opportunities may include, but are not limited to: summer camps, outreach teams, and Bible reading groups. Opportunities for discipleship (or spiritual formation) may include, but are not limited to: Bible studies, audio Bible listening groups, children’s ministry, youth ministry, one-on-one mentoring, and pastoral training.
How You Can Help with Spiritual Care
Do you have a passion for spreading the gospel? So do we! Here are some ways we can work together:
Well educated children are the ones who grow up to transform their nations. But in the impoverished communities we serve, a lack of educational access and resources has greatly limited children’s opportunities in the classroom, in careers, and in life.
Why Education Matters
There are direct correlations between education and quality of life, especially in the developing world. Our goal is to educate children in order to equip and empower them to become the leaders of tomorrow. With your help, we can accomplish this goal by providing three essential components:
In addition to providing for our children’s preschool through university education, we offer skills training for young adults geared toward vocational careers, and a Challenge Children’s program for children with special needs.
In many of the communities we serve, Children of the Nations operates its own preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools. In other communities, we partner with public schools to provide children with a high-quality education. Older students attend respected public and private universities and vocational schools through our University/Vocational Program.
How You Can Help with Education
Social care addresses two main areas of a child’s growth and development: finding their place in their family and culture, and their emotional health.
The Importance of Culture
Within each child is the desire to know who they are, where they are from, and how they fit into the world. Because our vision at COTN is to raise children who transform their nations, we desire for our children to develop a full understanding of where they come from and how they can be agents of positive change within their culture.
Our children are raised by caregivers of their own culture, in their own country. Traditional ethnic music, dance, storytelling, and dress are encouraged as an important part of their heritage. By partnering with village or community leaders, our children grow up with strong ties to their communities. We also provide opportunities for our children (especially our orphaned children) to maintain connections with relatives or extended families.
Counseling and Emotional Health
Many of the children we serve have experienced trauma, abuse, or grief. Orphans, a vulnerable, unprotected group, have not only experienced the immense grief of losing one or both of their parents, but are also at especially high risk of abuse because they have no one looking out for their best interests.
Many children in the African countries we serve have experienced trauma in the midst war—witnessing death and murder, or in some cases being forced to commit murder or other atrocities themselves, often beginning with their own family members. Understandably, these experiences have left these children broken, guilty, angry, untrusting, and in need of emotional healing.
In many developing countries, where basic medical care is unavailable, mental health care and counseling services are unheard of. Our counselors work with children and adults in an effort to provide healing and restore emotional health. Using individual and group counseling therapies, our staff has seen great strides toward emotional healing.
How You Can Help with Social Care
You don’t have to be a licensed therapist to start helping children in need. Here are some ways you can get involved today: