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 28, 2012

Solar Lights are Cost-Saving, Life-Saving and Property-Saving

solar powered lights
solar powered lights

Recently a news article caught my attention that I would like to share with you.  The article focuses on the effectiveness and cost savings of solar lanterns - which is one of the areas that this project focuses on.

With regards to lighting, these are 2 two considerations - cost savings and safety. The article Solar Powered Lanterns Change the Face of Rural Arusha - explains that the solar lanterns offer a significant cost savings.  Imagine having one of your utility bills being significantly reduced.  Additionally, the articles states that the "fires caused by kerosene lamps and candles have been claiming lives and destroying property in many parts of East Africa and solar charged lanterns can alleviate the problem."  I can personally attest to the dangers of kerosene lanterns.  While I have fortunately not experienced any related loss, I have talked to several people who have lost friends and family members and property as a result of fuel-related fires. 

Lights are definitely in demand as you can see from this 2nd article Lighting up lives: African women train as “barefoot” solar engineers.  The articles states that "many live in villages without any electricity at all, where kerosene usage is high. Yet kerosene is not a sustainable resource, nor is it cheap or healthy. Barefoot College estimates that the initiative now saves around 160,000 litres of kerosene a month across South America, Africa and Asia."

These articles confirm the validity of this project and lights are warmly welcomed in Africa.  In the included photo, you can see one of the lights that we will be shipping out soon. 

We welcome your support as we provide these cost-saving, life-saving and property-saving lights!

Thanks so much for your support!

Lighting up the world with solar power
Lighting up the world with solar power

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Jun 12, 2012

Project Suspended Temporarily

Dear Friends

Thanks so much for your support over the past months.  The funds you donated have been used to help provide training and empower the lives of disadvantaged women.  All previous funding has been used to further this project and we are happy about what we were able to accomplish together.  Thanks so much for your support!

Due to a break down in commmunication, we have decided to temporarily pause this project.  When we have this sorted out, we hope to resume this project and look forward to continuing in the future.  Should you be interested in supporting another worthy, related project - please visit and donate towards our other GlobalGiving project  - providing vital vocational training

Thanks again and best wishes

Jun 7, 2012

Training Success - Tailoring Trainees Show Off Their Skills

Hard at work - tailoring trainees
Hard at work - tailoring trainees

We are delighted to share a progress / success story: The tailoring training has been effective and the trainees can now sew some styles as shown in the included photos and those available on Flickr.   The trainees started with Baby Dress Making, Straight Skirt, Trousers, fitting with round skirt, Midi with satin in front, Balloon style with six pieces skirt, including cluster draw thread Midi.  It's encouraging to see the work they have done and the warm smiles on their faces - and you helped make this happen!  See photos on Flickr.

Here are a few sentences from a report filed by Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope:

"We want you to know that your support have given hope to people and has impacted a lot of lives in diverse ways.  We hope that more people will continue to support your effort to make the world a better place. I join the people in the Wellington community to say "thanks a million times"."

As you can see from some of the photos, the building is incomplete and we would appreciate your best donation today to help us complete it. This would help us expand the work even further - providing more opportunities for training in Hair Dressing, Gara tie dying, and Catering

Upcoming Father's Day Gift Suggestion: In closing, we wanted to let you know of the on-going opportunity to make a donation in honor of the special person in your life.  A donation to this project is a fantastic (and easy) gift for Dad on Father’s Day!  You can make a donation as a gift to your Dad on this project by selecting the third giving option, “gift or in honor of,” under the orange donate button on the project page. GlobalGiving will then send your Dad or the gift recipient an email, print-at-home, or physical card. GlobalGiving offers several fun card designs and you will have the option of choosing a design customized for this project, using the project’s main photo (this option is available for email and print-at-home cards).

Fathers - you can also request this as your Father's day gift!

Make your donation in Father's honor and support a great cause today!

Thanks again for all you do to help provide vocational training!

I did that all by myself!
I did that all by myself!
Isn
Isn't this beautiful?
Your support made me smile and this possible!
Your support made me smile and this possible!
under construction
under construction
unfinished room
unfinished room

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