The children shown on this page are all orphans
in Sierra Leone and live in and around the Looking Town Community of
Kissy (pronounced Kee-See), a suburb of Freetown, the capital city of
Sierra Leone. The housing conditions in the Kissy community
are very poor with leaking roofs, dirt floors, and poor toilet and
water facilities. The community has a population of about 10
thousand people with no tap water supply. The people get
their drinking water from water wells that are not properly
treated. Unemployment is very high, with a growing number of
destitute children and street children. During the rebel
invasion in Freetown in 1999 thousands of people were killed, leaving
many children as orphans.
The Kissy community has one small health clinic with very limited
medical treatment, and one school, The New Era School, which is the
only organization currently working in the community to alleviate the
suffering of the people.
New Era School
The New Era School
was founded by Rev. Samuel G.A. Kargbo who grew up in the Kissy
community himself, The New Era School came into establishment on the
13th of April, 1999 just months after the January 6th, 1999 rebel
invasion of Freetown.
The invasion left a devastating effect on the city as thousands were
killed, some amputated, women raped, and hundreds of houses burned to
the ground. Against this background, The New Era School has
endeavored to provide assistance to the destitute children and
disadvantaged youths to alleviate their predicament.
The New Era School caters to destitute children and currently provides
education (grades K-12) for approximately 360 children, all in one
building. Additionally, through an on-site non-residential
orphan program, many child orphans in the Kissy community have been
identified who’s living and social conditions are deplorable.
The Kissy Orphans
are the children currently shown on the Kissy Orphans
page who are in need of GCPN sponsorship to holistically improve their
living, social, educational, health and physical conditions.
Rev. Samuel Kargbo remains active in The New Era School, especially as
it relates to the orphan program that he and his wife Emma personally
oversee, visiting with the orphans and their caretakers on a weekly
basis. Rev. Kargbo, who is a community developer and local
pastor, holds a Bachelor of Theology Degree in Christian Education and
a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Administration.
He and his wife’s passion involve helping and showing love to
disadvantaged children. They have four children of their own,
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