I had the honor of feeding children in a Malawi school for orphans. Indescribable…. We are all so blessed.
We awoke early and packed 6 bags loaded with supplies for the kids in the back of a large Land Rover which Chris Clark had rented. The COTN vehicle had recently broken down which necessitated a rental. You never know what you are going to get over here so, it was a concern. We hit several road blocks along the way which would add a few more hours to an already long trip. Freetown is the first obstacle. It was founded by freed slaves primarily from England in the 1700s. Many today are descendants of those freed men. The city is one big traffic jam….roads designed in the 1800s trying to handle cars , motor cycles and a sea of pedestrian traffic. The streets are lined with open sewers and many of the buildings show the pock mark bullet holes as a reminder of the ten years of war that ravaged the country. After passing through Freetown, we stopped at the home of the Rev. Angie Myles. She was the voice of Radio Free Sierra Leone during the war. She regularly risked her life by broadcasting ,secretly.
She gave hope and current information to millions of her people. the rebels burned her house down twice. Today she is the retiring country director for COTN. When you sit and talk with Angie…you sit in the presence of greatness. Think “Mother Theresa”….After a light lunch we continue on the road to Banta….only another 4 hours.
Day 2 included a visit with Rev. Angie Myles at her modest little home in Freetown where she lives with her daughter and grandson. Angie is rather famous for her brave work during the war. She was the voice of radio free Sierra Leone….broadcasting hope, prayers and information during some of the worst combat. She was a target for the rebel forces, having her home burned down and destroyed twice.
Rev. Angie Myles was born and raised on the island of St. Lucia, in the West Indies. At the age of sixteen, she set off to a larger island—Great Britain, where she began nursing school. In 1966, she became acquainted with Joe Myles, a native of Sierra Leone who had also gone to London to pursue his studies. In 1968, Angie and Joe married, and in 1970 they returned to Sierra Leone to raise a family. They now have four children and four grandchildren.
Before coming to Children of the Nations, Rev. Myles worked for the United Methodist Church (UMC) in their medical department, where she was eventually promoted to medical coordinator. In 1983, the Lord gave her a vision in a dream; she was shown parts of heaven. When she woke up, it was impressed upon her to read Revelation 4. As she was reading, everything she had seen in her dream was written right there in Revelation. She thought, “Could this be, Lord? Is this really what you were showing me?” At that moment He impressed upon her that heaven is real—and so is hell. He said, “Now go and tell my children.” At this point she wasn’t exactly sure what He meant, so she continued on at UMC.
However, in 1999, the Lord again came to Rev. Myles and told her to get ready for a change, and in order to prepare herself, she should fast for forty days. After the forty days, He gave her instructions to go into children’s ministry. She remained with UMC, but out of obedience switched departments, moving into children’s ministry. Three years later, the Lord told her it was time to leave UMC. Stepping out in faith, she quit her job, not knowing how God would provide or where she would work.
She took a trip to London to see her son, Jeffery. Through God’s divine appointment, she was seated next to Chris Clark (founder of Children of the Nations) on her return trip. Impressed by Rev. Myles’ vision for Africa and her heart for children, Chris invited her to come see our Children’s Home in Marjay Town, outside Freetown. During her visit, Chris shared that Children of the Nations was currently seeking a new Country Director. She applied and has been with us ever since. (via conti.org)
This is my third journey to Sierra Leone to visit with the children and to check on the progress of projects at the Children Of The Nations facility at Banta. This time my wife/partner, Julie is with me. This is her first trip. We arrived at the Freetown airport amid the now expected frenzy of people pushing, shoving and yelling…all wanting to get our attention to be our “special” friend” and handle our luggage. Combined with the intense heat and humidity, it is always a bit overwhelming. We took 7 suitcases filled with various provisions donated and requested/needed by the orphanage at Banta. After an hour of searching for our bags we could account for all but one. The airport is situated at the end of a long peninsula (virtually an island) and the mainland is accessible by helicopter or water taxi . Because of the “missing bag” issue and the time it took to register its status, we were hustled quickly to catch the last water taxi of the day. The taxi was actually a 20 foot wooden row boat with a large outboard motor. The trip would be a 10 mile cruise across a large bay , to Mamba Point where we were to unite with Chris and Debbie Clark, the founders of Children Of The Nations and members of their team. Halfway across the bay , the motor stopped……after repeated attempts to restart the engine ,the crew of two, began to work on the engine. We were floating in the ocean off the coast of West Africa. I looked at Julie and said, “welcome to Sierra Leone” ….she didn’t find it amusing. After about 30minutes of maintenance the motor functioned and we were on our way. We were greeted at the dock by Chris and Debbie Clark and other COTN staff who had made the 6 hour drive from Banta to meet us. Our first day came to a close over a modest dinner and some worship with our good friends ,the Clarks.
Silverdale, WA – February 21, 2012 – Bruce Donoho, the owner and CEO of California-based Bird-B-Gone, will be joining Children of the Nations–USA’s board of directors. The Orange County resident has been a committed advocate and supporter of Children of the Nations (COTN) since he heard COTN founder Chris Clark speak at his church, Presbyterian Church of the Master, in 2008. In 2010, he took a trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia with Clark to see the ministry firsthand, and explore the possibility of expansion into Liberia. His initial trip inspired much deeper involvement—Donoho and Bird-B-Gone have since gone on to fund several major construction projects to benefit COTN’s children in Sierra Leone. “This started out as, if we can just help or save one child that doesn’t have a lot of hope, it’s worth it,” Donoho says. “It’s turned out to be even bigger than that.”
Though Donoho has been faithful in supporting COTN’s ministry in Sierra Leone, he has always had a heart for serving the children of Liberia. The American businessman spent part of his childhood in Liberia, where his father, a civil engineer, built the Port of Buchanan and the railway to the Nimba mountains. In March, Donoho and Clark will travel to Liberia a second time, to discern a way forward for COTN’s ministry there.
Donoho brings years of experience as the president and CEO of Bird-B-Gone, the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of commercial grade bird control products. His unique passions and experience with COTN will make him a valuable member of the leadership team.
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, Haiti, and Liberia, providing holistic care to orphaned and destitute children. For more information, visit www.cotni.org.
For more information contact:
Pam Wright, Senior Director – Advancement
360-698-7227 / firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. — When Bruce Donoho, owner of Bird-B-Gone, traveled to Sierra Leone in 2010 to meet Alfred, an orphan he and his wife Julie had sponsored, he had no idea of the lasting impact it would have.
What has unfolded for Donoho and Bird-B-Gone since then has affected numerous lives both at home and in the West African nations he visited.
Donoho recently returned from his second trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone, where he completed one major philanthropic project, building a children’s dormitory, and set plans in motion for others. The impoverished nations continue to suffer from the devastating effects of extended rebel wars that destroyed much of their infrastructures and left many children orphaned. With unemployment rates topping 80 percent, most families live in poverty and malnutrition is common.
The Donohos first heard about Alfred through Children of the Nations International (COTN), a charitable organization pledging medical aid, safety, nutrition and education to the children of these and other nations in need. After sponsoring the child for three years, the Donohos wanted to meet Alfred and check out the credentials of the organization they’d backed. Read More…
The roof of the new dormatory / guest house is almost done. This building in Sierra Leone is made possible by the donations from Bird-B-Gone, Inc. Bird-B-Gone purchased brick making machines to help build up the Childrens Village run by Children of the Nations in Seirra Leone. The brick machines use local materials to make bricks that are use for buildings. These machines save thousands of dollars by eliminating the costly transportation costs of bringing building materials to the bush of Sierra Leone. They have also streamlined the building process, as bricks are made as needed.
Bird-B-Gone and owner Bruce Donoho have a heart for the children of Sierra Leone and Liberea. As a youngster, Bruce spent several years living in Sierra Leone and Libera with his family. His father was responsible for building the railroad and harbor in Libera during the early 1960′s. Since that time Bruce has always had a heart for the Liberian and Sierra Leone people. When the opprotunity came about to help build a Childrens Village, Bruce and the Bird-B-Gone Family jumped at the chance.
The Bird-B-Gone Family welcomes you, our friends and family to join us in helping the Children of Sierra Leone. If you would like to donate to the building in Sierra Leone, just follow the link to the Children of the Nations website. Your prayers and good wishes are also welcome!
Please come back soon to see how the buildings are progessing and to share in Bruce’s upcoming visit to Sierra Leone and Liberia!
The roof is ready to go up on the Guest House and dormitories being built in Sierra Leone just in time for the rainy season. Bird B Gone has donated two portable brick making machines that have made the bricks to build the dorms. The bricks are made on-site using local materials. This saves on costs of transporting building materials into the areas where the childrens villages are.
The dormitory is a part of the Childrens Village in Sierra Leone run by Children of the Nations. It will be used to house orphaned children in Sierra Leone, as well as visitors to the orphanage.
Bird B Gone would like to thank all of our customers. Without your help we would not have been able to raise this building. A big thank you also to our friends who have given support to the children of Sierra Leone.
In a continued relationship with Children of the Nations, Bird-B-Gone has donated machines to make bricks that will be used in Sierra Leone to build childrens dormitories, schools and other needed buildings.
The brick making machines use local materials to make the bricks on the building site. This is much more economical and easier to supply as it is difficult to get building materials sent into the outback where most villages are located.