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Population 5.7 million
Land mass 71,740 sq km
Life expectancy 47.8 years
Under age 5 mortality 19%
Literacy rate 40%
Access to safe water  57%
3 doctors per 100,000
57% population live on $US1 per day or less
United Nations HDI ranking 180/187

Government Technical Institute, Kissy



Located in Freetown,the Government Technical Institute was originally built with funds from a bequest in 1964, and established to serve the rural Western area.

During the civil war, this institute was stripped of assets and  is struggling hard to gather resources to educate the more than 2,000 students enrolled.  It is resourceful in now utilising some of the computer and photocopy equipment to meet its own needs and to provide a small income to offset other expenses.

Kanga Schools has been able to assist with 29 computers.  At the end of 2009, the principal made a request for a computer server, and in early 2010 the allocation to GTI  included this server which was especially built.  GTI Kissy has been sent a number of encyclopedia sets  and many thousands of books.  Where possible, books with a focus on trade and technical courses have been directed especially to this institute. 

Their research department has more recently been learning how to provide solar power and attempting to translate this to a commercial project.

 
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