One of the first orphans at the Christian Faith Rescue Orphanage situated at No. 132 Jomo Kenyatta Road, New England Ville and who prefers to be anonymous has in an interview with Awoko commended the orphanage for the care and support rendered to him as a child and as full-grown up man.
During the interview, the 25 years old man lamented on the ordeal he went through while living with his parents in Kamakwe. He recalled how he went to school one day and only to return back to find out that his village has been ravaged by rebels and his parents were nowhere to be found. “I only later on found myself in an orphanage being taken care of by people I never knew and I am not related to,” the anonymous interviewee stated.
He said he was at the orphanage operated by Honourable Marie Yansaneh along with several other children with similar predicament. He said they went to normal school and that he was still at the orphanage when he sat to the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). He said it was in that same year that he met his father for the first time since rebels forcefully separated them. He said he had gone to his village to find out about his parents. He said his father told him about his mother’s death. He said he is now really orphaned as his father, his only parent, also died three years after their reunion.
The anonymous speaker said it has always been stressful for him growing Linup without his parents, but that he had summed up courage and determination to becoming somebody in society and that he aims at achieving that feat through education. He said he graduated from the Njala University in 2011with a Degree in in Linguistics and Literature and that currently he is studying petroleum engineering at the Crown Technical University College. He also noted that he is presently teaching other orphans who are presently at the orphanage English and Literature thus giving back to the orphanage.
On this note he called on all non-governmental organizations, government parastatals, other well-meaning Sierra Leoneans to help the children in the orphanage.
As at present, the orphanage holds 45 girls and 20 boys and that this small number of future leaders is in dire needs and wants of everything to keep them going.
By Nancy Koroma
Tuesday July 01, 2014