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.
Feb 21, 2014

We Helped Launch a Rice Retail Business

Hawa starts a rice business
Hawa starts a rice business

Good news - we together have once again helped to change the course of life of one more person.  A months or so ago, we got to hear of the desperate situation that Hawa was in.  Thankfully, we were able to help turn her life around and bring new hope 

Hawa is a mother of three children but lost her husband five years ago. She lives in a single bedroom zinc house with no running water and electricity. The floor in her room is not pave and this has been a source of sickness for her children. She is the sole provider of the home. She does domestic work like laundry and cooking for people in the community. Whatever she earns from people she uses it to raise her children. The present hardship in Sierra Leone is making things difficult for Hawa and her children. Domestic jobs are scarcely available now.

Hawa wanted to start a rice business - buying rice in a large bag and then retailing this by cup.  This practice is common in Sierra Leone.  

From the funds that YOU donated, we provided her with a bag of rice and a big bowl to help launch her business.  You can see this in the attached photo.

Thanks to your support, Hawa is now a happy woman.  Joshua, our local Coordinator, reports that she is no longer idle. She is now productive - selling rice to help take care of her children She was so grateful for the support you have provided - bringing an income stream and support to her family. 

Its heart warming to be in a position to bring hope - and help to change the world one person at a time.  We are truly grateful for your support that made this possible.

Let's take this to the next level: Hawa would love to expand her business and we would like to help her with additional seed money that will help her provide / sell complimentary condiments.  There is a definite demand for this in her community and your support can make this possible.  Could you make a donation of $25 or more today towards this?  This would further help Hawa raise her family and eradicate poverty. 

Let's together make poverty a thing of the past in Hawa's life - make your donation today!  Thanks for your support.

Jan 23, 2014

Image-Shaping The Next Generation

Children eating at party
Children eating at party

We started off the year with a bang:  Instead of a Christmas party, this year we held a New Year's Party for the children at at the Upper Mellon Street, Upper Beccle Street and Upper Philip Street in the Wellington community. This party provided the children with a balanced meal - which they normally don't eat in their homes - due to the low income earned by their parents. The children were treated with dignity.  Each child received a bottled drink - considered a special treat.

The party also gave the children the opportunity to socialize in an atmosphere of peace and friendship. The atmosphere was one of peace and respect for each other. This occasion gave each kid the opportunity to relate well with one another. The children were taught that no matter their religion or ethnicity, they are all one family. This was expressed additionally by sharing food and dancing together.

The party further helped the children demonstrate their social and academic talents through dancing, reading and giving short speeches. Boldness to demonstrate talent is a key to success. This program provided the platform for such demonstration. 

Because of your support we were able to host this image-shaping party. What an investment in these precious children!  Thank you for helping to make this party possible!   

Events like these contribute to the shaping of the minds of these future leaders - helping them realize that they are special and valuable.  We would not have been able to do this without your support!

We hope you realize that you are very special to us and that the kids appreciate you!  Thank you and thank you and thank you!

Party time!
Party time!
Having fun!
Having fun!
Let
Let's dance
Thank you donors!
Thank you donors!
Celebration!
Celebration!
Jan 10, 2014

Christmas and Other Activities - We Ended the Year in Grand Style

Cooking class
Cooking class

It has been an exciting three months - full of activities for the school and the kids.

The school had four international volunteers sent by our partner CESIE Italy. They are Janosi Mozes Emese (Hungary), Francesa Bruno (Italy), Veronica Rodil (Spain), Adeline Tosch (France). They will be at the school till February 2014.

Some of the projects that took place during the last three months were:

  • Polio Vaccination for the pre-Nursery kids: The school kids received vaccination against Polio. Children from 0 to 59 months were vaccinated by medical doctors and registered nurses, 6 -59 months received Vitamin A, while 12 to 59 months received Mebendazole. As you can imagine it was a noisy day - with the very little children crying throughout the process.
  • New School Library opened by the volunteers. Thanks to a number of story and text books donated by our partners, our volunteers where able to open a small Library for the kids and teachers. Every Friday, storybooks are given to pupils to read over the weekend and explain / discuss to their classmates at the beginning of the school week. This does not only keep the children occupied during the weekend, but also help in improving their language considering that most of them are from French background studying English.
  • Home Economic practical exams by class 5 and 6 pupils. At the completion of the final year in Primary School, the children take the First School Leaving Certificate Exams (FSLC). One of the compulsory subjects taken by all final year pupils is the Cookery or Home Economic Practical Exams. In this exam, the children are required to cook any dish of their choice. The school administration helped the pupils to prepare for this exam. It was great fun seeing both boys and girls cooking various dishes, including typical Cameroonian food.


All in all, we ended the year with our Christmas party in school and we also visited and donated food, medication and education suppliers to some orphanages in Yaoundé.

Be sure to watch the brief youtube video of the children dancing.

Your support helped to make this and much more happen.  We are deeply grateful to each and every one of you that donated and contributed, without you, we wouldn’t have ended the Year in a grand style.  

We welcome your on-going support that will help us prepare these precious children for a brigh future.  Please consider making a donation today of $25.00 that will help us do so much more.  Thanks for your support!


Library
Library
Christmas party
Christmas party
Volunteer and kids
Volunteer and kids
distributing Christmas gifts
distributing Christmas gifts

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