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.
Jun 24, 2014

Tea Board of Kenya's Marathon Event Kericho County and DOUBLE Impact

another underprivileged runner at the finish line
another underprivileged runner at the finish line

Thanks to your support, our marathon runners in Kenya have been able to continue their training and improve their performance. Currently we are providing food and accommodation for some of them, and we hope through your support that we can build a training center for them.

Recently most of the underprivileged runners that we support through your help were able to participate in a marathon event at Kericho County that was organized by Tea Board of Kenya. Some of those who showed great improvement include: David Langat, Alfred Kering, Benson Ngeno and Joyce Chepngeno. Other members participated in the 10K race and also ran well.

It is also important to acknowledge the fact that one of the runners (Ngeno) has improved significantly in his performance since we started supporting him. He has therefore earned an athletic scholarship to pursue his degree at a college in the US.  It's wonderful to know that we helped to lay a foundation and position him for a great future as a runner.

We deeply appreciate all the support you are giving these young underprivileged runners. Lives are being changed one at a time. Thanks so much for your support!

We wanted to also let you know of another opportunity that helps train youths. Develop Africa is launching a new computer lab where youths will receive free computer proficiency training.  On Wednesday June 25th from Noon EDT, till matching funds run out, all donations up to $1000 on our Empower Youths Provide Computer Training page will be matched by Microsoft YouthSpark.

We are bringing this to your attention because it represents a great matching opportunity where the lives of many youths and YOUR impact will be DOUBLED.  

Please save the date / time Wednesday June 25th from Noon EDT and join is in blazing a new path for youths!

finishing strong at TBK marathon
finishing strong at TBK marathon
runners at TBK marathon starting
runners at TBK marathon starting
taking off at TBK marathon
taking off at TBK marathon
underpriviledged runner finsishing
underpriviledged runner finsishing
underprivileged runner
underprivileged runner
winner at TBK marathon
winner at TBK marathon
underprivileged runner at the finish
underprivileged runner at the finish
Help launch computer lab
Help launch computer lab

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Jun 23, 2014

Learning Through a Coloring / Painting Competition and DOUBLED Impact

Lesson
Lesson

Did you remember coloring or painting as a kid?  It was so much fun to color and paint.

Experts and research agree that coloring or painting is very important for kids as they develop because it aids the development of fine and gross motor skills.  It allows them to perform better in other, more academic and physical ways.  Coloring on a blank piece of paper, is a great way for children to express themselves.

In our effort to ensure that we contribute holistically to well-rounded leaders - leaders who are developed in every area, we recently held a coloring and painting competition for the kids in the community of the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute.  The kids were very excited as you can see from the photos.  In teams, they decided what they would draw, chose representative colors, completed and submitted their entries.  

As you review the photos - the completed entries reflect their creativity and their skills. Because this was a team event, they had to learn to work together, make group decisions and assign tasks based on relative skills.  We also were able to see kids rising to leadership roles and coordinate the creation of their entries.

YOU were a huge part of making this event a success - because of your support.  Your on-going investment into the lives of the children and youths in Sierra Leone is making a huge difference.  Thanks so much for helping us create the ideal environments for their holistic development.  You are a huge part of what we are doing – and we would not be able to do what we are doing without your faithful support.

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day and YOUR donation of any amount up to $1000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, YOU can help us continue to provide diverse opportunities for the learning and growth of the children and youth.

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, your donation will be DOUBLED allowing for an even bigger impact on the children and youth we serve together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of our future leaders!

Competition winners
Competition winners
contest participants
contest participants
Additional participants
Additional participants
more participants
more participants
excited participants
excited participants
May 19, 2014

All Work and No Play, Makes Jack a Dull Boy!

Thank you for the soccer ball
Thank you for the soccer ball

All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. Did you remember learning this proverb / saying when you were growing up?

As you may know, Develop Africa focuses on empowering lives in Africa by providing the resources and support that they need to improve and better themselves.  Through your support, we have provided scholarships, mosquito nets, uniforms, school supplies etc. to thousands to children.  We motivate them on an on-going basis to do well at school.

That said we realize that life is more than progress in school.  There are many other things that are essential for children to learn as they grow.  The growth and development of children must be rounded and holistic.

With this in mind, we support a range of other activities on an on-going basis.  This includes the provision of exercise or sports equipment - such as soccer / volleyballs, skipping / jump ropes etc.  We recently provided a new set of these items and organized a number of competitions (with prize money for the winners) for the kids at Door of Hope. Our goal was to brighten the lives of the kids.

We believe that kids should have fun together.  Tremendous learning takes place in this atmosphere.  This offers several benefits including improved social interaction and understanding, better relationships with each other, focused skill learning, encouragement of competition etc.

Our sports competition event was a success.  The kids had a blast and were so very excited.

Watch Video - play time - sports activities and competitons


The photos and video show some of the activities - the skipping / jump rope competition and soccer penalty / goal scoring competition.  The videos show their energy.  Don’t you wish you were there?

The children truly had a lot of fun!  Thanks to your support we brightened their day and helped them become better, more rounded children.  Thank YOU for helping to be a part of enriching their lives.  Africa will have a brighter future - thanks to YOUR support!

Thank you for the volley ball
Thank you for the volley ball
soccer team play
soccer team play
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition

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