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.
Apr 8, 2014

We are Together Reversing Statistics and Turning The Tide

Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles
Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles

News and statistics can be depressing!

Over the past week, our team did some research on girl statistics and found out that, according to the United Nations, there is a high dropout rate for girls (we already knew that) -  and their enrolment in secondary education is low with net a secondary school attendance rate of 33 % 

Only 1 in 3 girls!  That is depressing!

That speaks to us of so many lives with missed and lost opportunities!

Thankfully we are together helping to reverse these depressing statistics and turn the tide - one child at a time. YOU are a big part of making this happen and we are sooo grateful for your support.  

Here's some good news to cheer your day - Fatmata (pictured) is one of the young ladies that because of YOUR support now has new hope.  Thanks to your donation, Fatmata's dream of on-going education is a reality!  She is NOT part of the statistics!

Fatmata send her warm appreciation to YOU.  She now feels loved and confident when she goes to school. The funds we provided covered her fees / related school costs and paid for her after-school lessons.  This support has given her the impetus and renewed zeal to work hard towards her upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination. 

This news just made my day and we hope it makes your day too!

Looking for more good news?  In just over a month, you will have the opportunity to have your donation matched at 30% on Wednesday, May 7th.

  • 30% matching
  • Donations up to $1,000 matched
  • Matching begins at 9:00 am (EST) 

Please add this to your calendar and JOIN US in turning the Tide!



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Apr 5, 2014

You are Amazing!

Joshua
Joshua

Did you know that you are amazing!  We simply could not do what we are doing without your on-going help.  
 
This is the message that Joshua passes on this special appreciation video clip. Joshua is the Director of Door of Hope and a key member of our team in Sierra Leone.
 
In the video, he says to YOU, our GlobalGiving donors that your help has made a LOT of difference in the lives of the kids.  He explains in the second part of the video that, because of the support that YOU have provided, computer training is going on well at the FAWE girls' school.  The girls are doing well, learning how to use spreadsheets and word processing. 
 
This is worth celebrating and we appreciate you so much for helping to make this possible!  We could not have done this without YOUR support.
 
We are together truly helping the kids become successful and empowering them for a bright future.  
 
Thanks so much for your support that has made a HUGE difference!
 
Watch the 90 seconds video now.



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Apr 4, 2014

Mentee Gives Back to Girls at FAWE School

Juliana in group photo with girls at FAWE lab
Juliana in group photo with girls at FAWE lab

Juliana Thambie Sesay, Develop Africa’s Leadership mentee and the Coordinator of the Girls Leadership Mentoring program in Freetown, Sierra Leone paid a visit to Develop Africa / FAWE  computer lab in Freetown. She had an opportunity to meet the girls and share a word of motivation with them.

On Juliana arrival at the FAWE School, Juliana was first taken to the Principal's office to be introduced. Mrs. Jojo, the Principal, made a brief welcome statement and offered her thanks and appreciation to Develop Africa for the smooth running of the computer lab and tutoring program. She expressed how grateful she was to Develop Africa for its computer lab and tutoring operations at her school, noting that computer lab is a rare facility in government schools.

Juliana visited a classroom of Class Six pupils. After a brief introduction, the children gave her a warm welcome. She then encouraged them to continue to excel with their computer tutoring lessons.  Juliana encouraged the girls to make the most of this opportunity, challenging them and telling them that they never know what some of them might become through the tutoring skills they have acquired, if they put what they have learnt into good use.

Juliana visited the lab and observed that some of the children had already been tutored on certain math and basic language skills and were making progress.  Juliana conducted a tour of the class and observed the students involved in the tutoring program.  She proceeded to the back of the class and some of the girls moved to the front of the class to demonstrate what they have learnt. She then did her rounds and visited each of the girls engaged in the computer tutoring program to see whether they are in line with what their friends and other students were doing. At the end of the class/ tutoring session, group photos were taken with the children and they bade her farewell.

Here’s an excerpt of what Juliana’s reflection on a Social Media Network site about her visit to the Develop Africa/FAWE lab as a leadership mentee and Coordinator of the program.

Visit to the Develop Africa computer lab at FAWE. – “This visit took me back to memory lane. I remembered way back in primary school when we use to have visitors in our school, we look at them with so much respect and admiration and some of us were determined to be like them. When I see the look in these children’s' eyes I realized I have so much to thank God for. I may not be rich, may not be where I wanna be in life but yeah I have made progress. Thank you Aunty Jasmine for this opportunity.”

We are so grateful to YOU our donors and supporters for your on-going support that make it possible for us to provide this on-going training. 

Thanks so much for all you do!

In just over a month, YOU have the opportunity to have your donation matched at 30% on Wednesday, May 7th.

  • 30% matching
  • Donations up to $1,000 matched
  • Matching begins at 9:00 am (EST) 

Please add this to your calendar and JOIN US raising a new generation of leaders!

 

Juliana
Juliana
smiling girls and Juliana
smiling girls and Juliana

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