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 8, 2014

Connected to the Electrical Grid

Connecting the building 1
Connecting the building 1

Here is a brief history on how far we have come so far - and how this all started.

In 2012, the leadership of Develop Africa and Door of Hope agreed to undertake a joint building project to establish a Center that would be a hub of development activities in the community. Part of the initiative at the Center is to offer at-risk individuals computer and technical skills to open them up to better educational, job and business opportunities.

There is a dire need for this type of training, yet classes are prohibitively expensive and remain out of reach for much of Sierra Leone’s most marginalized citizens. The Computer Lab at the Center will help to bridge this digital divide by providing free training in basic computer skills, office applications and internet usage. Our plans are to set up a modern, fully equipped computer facility that when fully furnished could accommodate up to 42 computers and will benefit over 1,000 children, youths and adults in five years.

Thanks to your help and the the help of our many friends locally in Sierra Leone and world-wide, we have made significant progress. In February, we purchased and shipped supplies and equipment to network the room – including a Cisco switch, cabling, server cabinet, etc. In Early 2014, we got to the finishing stages of construction. We have finished external painting, plumbing, etc. We have also purchased additional furniture for the After-School Lesson Program. In June, we installed cabling and wiring for the computer lab as well as setting up a local area network. Equipment installed includes a Cisco switch. 

In the included photos, you can see electrical personnel connecting the building to the electrical grid.  Connecting the building to the electrical grid is an added step towards preparing the lab for use. The power will serve as our electrical source till we get solar panels installed.

We are so deeply grateful for each and every one of you who have helped us get this far – supporting this and other programs.

For additional, on-going information, please click on this link / see this project.

Connecting the building 2
Connecting the building 2
Connecting the building 3
Connecting the building 3
Jul 7, 2014

Basic Training - Tie & Die and Business Management

Classes
Classes

The Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training Project is very grateful for the support received from our donors. The Project is presently reaching out to economically disadvantage young women in Azope, a town located south of Ivory Coast. Twenty-five (25) ladies received basic training in Tie & Dye as well as Business Management to assist them with managing their own business after training. Most of these ladies are school drop-outs, who as a result of poverty have not been able to further their education.

Our presence in Azope has really been a blessing to the community especially to parents who have been looking for ways to assist their children acquire education. The training sparked new hope in them and motivated a desire to pursue their dreams.

As a result of their interests to further their education, we have selected fifteen (15) ladies who will receive further training in Tie & Die including creative ideas for home decorations. Starting in June 2014, the training is scheduled for a period of one year, with the goal of establishing them in their own business.

In collaboration with other organizations specialized in health counseling and HIV/AIDS, several health awareness campaigns were organized to educate the community especially young ladies on the danger of unprotected sex with emphasis on abstinence. Most ladies had the opportunity to be tested for HIV/AIDS.

The donations created the opportunity for us to touch their lives and make a difference in this impoverished town. We thank our sponsors for their generous support.

Counselling Sessions
Counselling Sessions
Tie and Dye Practical
Tie and Dye Practical
Jun 25, 2014

Meet Marion - A Life About to Be Changed Through Bonus Day - June 25th

network cabinet
network cabinet

Imagine living with ZERO or limited access to computers! 

This is what life is like for Marion (pictured) and hundreds of other disadvantaged youths in the Wellington community in Freetown.

Marion just completed her West African Senior Secondary School Examination and is awaiting her results to hopefully start university. She would like to become a lawyer.  She wants to become computer proficient as this will help her both when in college and also when practicing law.  

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day, YOU can help Marion become computer proficient. YOU can help make her dreams and those of hundreds of other youths come true.  Access to this computer lab and the Internet will open up a world of learning, growth and self-advancement opportunities for the beneficiaries. 

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, YOUR donation of any amount up to $1000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, allowing for an even bigger impact on the youth we serve together!  Together we will create a new future for Marion and the other youths.

Please save the date / time and join us in helping to open a new portal of learning.

Also included in this report are photos of the network cabinet and complete wiring in the computer lab. Over the past 2 weeks we completed wiring of the computer lab for a local area network. It's wonderful to see the room falling into place - almost ready for the computers that YOU will hopefully help provide. Thanks so much for your help! 

With much excitement and gratitude...

wiring of local network is complete
wiring of local network is complete
Marion - youth looking forward to the computer lab
Marion - youth looking forward to the computer lab
Ansumana, Alfred and Marion
Ansumana, Alfred and Marion

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