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.
Oct 25, 2013

New School Year, 76 New Girls Receiving Computer Training

All smiles as she learns
All smiles as she learns

It’s a new school year in Sierra Leone and YOUR support is making computer training happen for 76 new amazing girls at the FAWE School.  

Over the past 2 years, we have together supported this amazing project.  The FAWE school pupils have benefited immensely from the computer lab. Over one hundred and twenty children so far have gone through this computer school. In this academic year, seventy-six pupils are receiving basic computer training.  They have been divided into five groups (A-E), with classes taking place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  In the past week, the children learned about the basic input and output devices of the computer.  

We all fully realize the importance of computer training in today's computer-driven society. Thanks to YOU they are receiving this essential computer training - preparing them for success!

The children love it when it is time for computer class!

They extend their grateful thanks to you for this wonderful provision.  Thank you so much for helping to make this vital training possible.  
 
You can see a thank you video from one of the girls - Mariama - here.  

We count on your continual support to cover on-going operating costs such as generator fuel, instructor compensation etc.  Your best donation is needed and deeply appreciated - as it help us continue to provide this essential training free to the girls and without any burden to the school.   Thanks so much for your support!

Ishmael, Instructor teaches...
Ishmael, Instructor teaches...
Delighted to be learning
Delighted to be learning
learning together
learning together
Actively listening to the instructor
Actively listening to the instructor
Excited!
Excited!

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Oct 15, 2013

Computer Training Lights a Fire in The Eyes and Hearts of Girls

All smiles as she learns
All smiles as she learns

15 girls, primary school pupils at the FAWE school, were delighted to be beneficiaries of the computer training that your support helped provide.  For all 15 girls, this was their first on-going exposure to computers and computer training.  This would not have been possible without your support!  You saved the day and made this possible!
  
Providing this training is ground-breaking and image-reshaping for these girls. They are coming to terms with the fact that they are special and deserve this quality access to computers and training.   
   
It has been said that "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - William Butler Yeats.  As you can see from the photos - there is a fire in the eyes of the children as they learn.  YOU have helped to light this fire in their hearts and stir in them the love for learning.  For them, this learning is definitely exciting and fun!
  
The girls extend their deep appreciation and gratitude to you for this provision.  Thanks so much for your support!  
  
You can see a thank you video from one of the girls - Mariama - here.

Thank you again for helping to make this vital training possible!  

Providing this training involves on-going costs in terms of generator fuel, instructor compensation etc.  Could you help us continue to provide this essential training?  

Your donation today of $25.00 will provide 4 more hours of training.  Thanks so much for your kind support - helping us keep the fire burning!


 
Leaning computers is fun!
Leaning computers is fun!
Having a great time receiving computer training!
Having a great time receiving computer training!
Class time
Class time

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Oct 8, 2013

Exam Day - The Proof of Learning is in The Sewing - Thanks For Your Support

learning steadily...
learning steadily...

Every 3 months, the ladies at the Tailoring School, that we support together, take a practical exam.  During this exam, they are asked to sew a specific, varying style that appropriately tests their skills.

This time around, the trainees were asked to sew sleeveless outfit with draw thread. In the photos, 8 of them are wearing what they sewed during the exam. Two of them are wearing a traditional style called "Tontohlah" (L-R 3rd and fourth standing). They ladies were so excited when they were doing the exams as this was just before a special holiday in Sierra Leone. They knew they would be able to use the outfits sewn on the special holiday.

The proof of learning is in the sewing!  As you can see the ladies excelled with beautiful styles sewn from the colorful local cotton fabric. 

The ladies extend their enthusiastic thanks to youas you help support their training.  Your donations help to pay staff salaries and provide training materials such as cloth, thread, coal for the coal iron etc.  YOUR support provides the essential, foundational support  - without which the ladies would not receive the training.  

Thanks for being there and making a difference!  

As the school forges ahead, we have been facing constraints and we need your help. Joshua, the Director of the school, has reported that the several of the sewing machines need repairs. We also need additional machines to sew other styles especially planting / designing / embroidery.  

We need to do the sewing machine repairs in the next month or so. Your donation of $50 today would take care of these repairs.  Can you make your best donation today towards this?   We would also love to purchase 2 new machines.  Can you help provide 1 Professional Singer machine?  Your donation of $650 will make this happen.  This would make the ladies jump for joy! 

Thanks for bringing cheer and joy!

 

Tailoring Trainee
Tailoring Trainee
group photo with items sewn
group photo with items sewn

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