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 25, 2014

#KeepOurGirlsInSchool - See Holstina in School

Holstina in class
Holstina in class
Holstina is nine years old and has three sisters.  Her father Amidu is a mason / building contractor. Her mother, Winifred  is a petty trader, selling assorted food items. The family lives in a single-bedroom apartment with no running water or electricity. Sometimes, Holstina is sent to stay with relatives to ease the financial burden on her family and for her own safety, as one of her uncles is mentally ill. When this happens, Holstina misses out on much-needed parental love. 

Despite her circumstances, however, Holstina is a very promising young girl, is very friendly, and is respectful. She likes to read and is also interested in public speaking. She is in Class 5 and her favorite subject is Mathematics. Her best game is a local game called balance ball. When she grows up, Holstina would like to be a banker.

Your donations play a key role - helping to keep future Banker - Holstina in school. As UNICEF reports, Girls access to education is improving in Sierra Leone. Parity is almost observed in primary school, but retention and completion of education remain a challenge with high drop out rate for girls and low enrolment in secondary school.

Hearing news like this troubles us.  In this day and age of increasing educational opportunities, no one should be denied education because of any reason. Recently, people all around the world united in revolt against the girls captured at school in Nigeria. In a rare show of unity, we all shared photos and tweeted saying #BringBackOurGirls.  We united together because we passionately protested for the right of the girls to be free and to attend school.

What we are doing together - supporting the education of girls is vitally needed - on an ongoing basis - to ensure that girls like Holstina do not drop out of school.  Thank YOU so much for putting your voice into action by supporting this project.  You have done so much more than protest.  You have taken action and helped to ensure that Holstina and other girls stay in school.  You are making a real difference in our Educate Girls movement.  On behalf of Holstina and all the other girls that YOU have helped keep in school, we say a HUGE Thank You.

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 keep promising girls like Holstina in school. 

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 together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of our girls!  Your donation of $20.00 will provide a school uniform.

Please forward this to your friends and invite them to help us Keep Our Girls In School - #KeepOurGirlsInSchool.
Holstina listening in class
Holstina listening in class
Holstina on her way to school
Holstina on her way to school

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Jun 24, 2014

See Hawa - our Microfinance Beneficiary in Action

Hawa and her kids
Hawa and her kids

In the last report, we intriduced you to Hawanatu (Hawa for short), a single mother, small business owner who benefitted from the funds YOU donated.  The funds helped her restart her business - where she buys rice by the bag and then retails it.  Buying rice retailed in this way is common for people who do not have the resources to buy a full-sized bag

We talked a bit further with Hawa - and she was full of gratitude.  We also got the opportunity to see her in action - where she sells rice and chats with a customer.  Be sure to watch the video as you can see some local color- scenery from Wellington, a suburb of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In the video, Hawa says a big "Thank You" to YOU for your support.  Your kindness helped make it possible for her to purchase the rice and restart her business. Because of YOU she is now happy, busy and back in business.  She is now able to provide for herself and her children. Thanks so much for helping her get back on track.

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 a hand up and microfinance funds for people like Hawa.

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 together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of small businesses in Africa!

Hawa says thanks
Hawa says thanks
Hawa shows us a cup of rice
Hawa shows us a cup of rice

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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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