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What Does "Lesana" Mean?

The word Lesana is a Sherbro word, which means "new star", and it is hoped that the Village of Mambo will become the ‘star’ that it once was with support from the Lesana Community Development Rehabilitation Services in Midlothian, Virginia, USA.  The LCDRS-Sierra Leone name was developed in March 2004 after a visit to the Mambo village. 

Where is Mambo?

The village of Mambo (some regard it as a town) lies 45 mi (70 km) southeast of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.  It is located on the banks of the Mambo River, an estuary of the Kagboro River, which empties into the Yawry Bay. It is 10 mi (16 km) by sea and 92 mi (142km) by road from the town of Shenge, the seat of the Kagboro Chiefdom, and has a population of approximately 1000. Mambo is one of the 17 villages and towns, which make up the Mambo section of the Chiefdom, and Mambo Section is one of 19 sections, which make up the Kagboro Chiefdom.

About Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone lies on the west coast of Africa and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south west; by the Republic of Guinea on north west, north, and north east; and on the east and south east by the Republic of Liberia. It got its name in 1462 from a Portuguese sailor, who named it Serra Lyoa for the mountain range of the peninsular, which looked like a crouching lion to the sailor. 

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