Develop Africa, Inc.

The mission of Develop Africa is to facilitate and establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building, empowerment and transformational education. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. Our focus is on impacting and changing lives.
Jul 16, 2014

Margaret Goes to School and Kids Share Their Dreams

Margaret goes to school
Margaret goes to school

It's back to school season and we are excited about the opportunity to be able to help further the education of deserving kids in Sierra Leone.

We have an exciting video to share with you (Watch video - Margaret goes to school and kids share their dreams) where you can see 2 things:

1.  A video clip of Margaret, as she heads off to school in the morning.  YOUR support is helping to make her education possible.

2.  A clip where a number of kinds, including Margaret share their career dreams - what they would like to be when they grow up.  The video is insightful as it provides a quick peek into the lives of the kids and their aspirations.  

YOU can help make the dreams of these kids come true.  If you would like to be help make one of the dreams of these kids come true, we would love to talk with you.  

Today, July 16th is a special Bonus Matching Day and your donations to this project will be matched at 50%, up to $1000. 

  • Bonus Day begins at 9:00 am EDT on July 16th, 2014 (time in your city) and ends at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th, 2014.
  • There is $130,000 in matching funds available.
  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per project are eligible to be matched at 50% 

  Thanks so much for helping us to send the kids to school.  Together, we are making their dreams come true - one kid and one year at a time.

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Jul 14, 2014

Summer of leadership activities and field experiences

Girls planning towards a summer of field work
Girls planning towards a summer of field work

Develop Africa’s Leadership mentees are yet again preparing for a Summer of leadership activities and field experiences.  Mentees are currently meeting with their Coordinator, Ms Juliana Thambi to discuss their plans for their upcoming field work.

Each year mentees are required to participate in a leadership field work in a chosen field. Last year, the mentees volunteered for 10 work hours in different organizations and schools and put their leadership skills into practical use. The leadership field work was a great success as the mentees were able to hone their various skills and to give back to their community.  

At the end of the leadership field work, an award will be made to 2 outstanding mentees in the form of  an award for excellence in seven core areas of leadership namely,  Community and local Leadership , Health Leadership, Academic Excellence and Distinction, Innovative, Creative and Forward -Thinking Leadership ,  Spiritual Leadership, Youth Leadership and Service to the Nation.

The dispositions and competencies to be achieved from the fieldwork serve as an excellent tool for personal growth and the development of leadership competencies for the mentees. This is the most exciting part of our program said one of the mentees. We get to put into practice what we have been taught.

At the end of the three years, there will be a follow-up conference / symposium for mentees to display and demonstrate professionalism, spirituality, community and innovative leadership activities and initiatives they have been engaged in and reflect on the three year mentorship program by submitting a final leadership portfolio.

Let’s wish our mentees a very productive summer season of Leadership field work. Thank you donors for making this possible through your gifts.

For aditional information about this project please see our project - Empowering the next generation of leaders.

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Jul 14, 2014

Storm blows off roofs

Since the last report, in Sierra Leone, there has only been one major storm.  This storm took place in April in the Kono region of Sierra Leone.  The high winds blew off the roof of many houses.  Several people sustained physical injuries - but fortunately, none of them were fatal.  More details about the storm are available here.

The sad part about such storms is that they offer leave the affected people both homeless and hopeless.  In many of these occurrences, the families are destitute and there is often little support from the community.  This is all the more reason why what we are doing through this and similar projects is important.  It's essential that we provide this support. This short-term immediate assistance is crucial.   

Thank you so much for helping those affected by storms - who need help the most - those who cannot help themselves.  YOUR suport means a lot more than you realize and we deeply appreciate you!

Additional information about how you can help is available on our Poverty Alleviation Project Page.  Please read more here.

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