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.
Aug 21, 2012

Closing the Gender Gap, 3 Girls Provide Insights on a Gift, Passion and Hope

Doranatu
Doranatu

I recently ran into a news article that I thought you would find interesting.  It discusses how boys have historically been given priority in terms of education and more importantly what we can do to change this. Here is an excerpt from the article:

In many African societies, girls have long come last, since boys are generally accorded higher status. In the past, when parents decided whom to send to school, the choice for them was obvious. Removing the cost factor has made basic education possible for young girls as never before.
(Emphasis mine).

Simple - yet powerful and profound. From 3 future super stars!  By focusing together specifically on educating girls in this project, we are making basic education possible.  We are helping to close the gender gap and leveling the playing field.  We are helping to prepare girls for leadership in society and to triumph in life. 

Besides simple covering educational costs, we are also providing mentoring support and preparation for life and leadership.  Here is a brief, new video by 3 girls that we are mentoring.  They talk about the role that a "Gift", "Passion" and "Hope" - can play in one's life.  These 3 concepts are foundational, building-block concepts and the girls provide insights worth thinking over - watch the video...

These girls live in the Wellington suburb of Freetown and are a part of the Door of Hope organization.  The children at Door of Hope are being raised up to be leaders and taught vital life principles and lessons. By learning these vital nuggets at an early age, at least in part, they will be better prepared to face and triumph in life!

A little child will lead them...

Be sure to watch the insightful video...

Austina
Austina
Ramatu
Ramatu

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Aug 17, 2012

2 Beneficiaries of Basic Computer Training Share What They Learned and Say "Thank You"

2 young adults learning MS Word and Excel
2 young adults learning MS Word and Excel

It's always a joy to share the good news of our joint impact  - and what better way to learn of this than to watch and hear it in a video directly from the beneficiaries themselves

Here's a link to a new video where the beneficiaries tell the story themselves - just added in the last 24 hours to Youtube.  It's less than 2 minutes long - watch it now - http://youtu.be/vP0tjSjK0ew.

The training that we are providing is definitely, much appreciated as the beneficiaries are learning vital skills.  As Wuyatta says in the video, "I can now proudly say that I know how to make invoices, ID cards and so many things.  I have also learned so many things about computers that I didn’t know before."

She concludes by saying: "I want to say I am really grateful. I also want to thank the sponsors of this program and I pray that they will continue to do such a good job." 

More information and full report is available on Develop Africa's website - http://bit.ly/pctrain12

This training was targeted at supporting key members of several Civil Society Organizations with the intent that this would help to further develop these organizations. There is a huge demand for this and we plan to offer expanded sessions in the near future

Thanks so much for helping to make a difference in their lives.

taking notes during computer training
taking notes during computer training
focused computer learning
focused computer learning

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Aug 14, 2012

Thanks to Provided Scholarships, Kids are in School - Your Donations Matched!

Back to school
Back to school

Warm greetings

We are delighted to share a new video with you where Joshua and the children at Door of Hope in Sierra Leone say "Thank You" for helping to provide scholarships and school supplies.  Several of the children came first in their class.  Listen to video of the kids joyfully saying "Thank You" here

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, many children who were previously unable to go to school - due to fees and associated costs - are now able to do so.  As Joshua explains in the video, the families of the children are so grateful for your kindness. The gifts made have "done them proud" - as their children are back in school.  As Joshua says, "It's a wonderful job that you have done".  Christiana, on behalf of the children, tell us that they really appreciate all that we have done for them.

It's exciting to be able to invest into the education of the next generation.  Our support is truly changing the trajectory of the lives of these children as we provide the priceless gift of education. 

Recurring Donations Matched:  We welcome your support - helping us send even more children to school. The best way to help us do this is to sign up for a recurring donation today (under the donate button, click on the Monthly Recurring tab).  When you make a new monthly recurring donation to this project, your donation will be matched! For example, if you set up a new $25 monthly recurring donation, GlobalGiving will donate an additional $25 to this project. Please note that donations will be matched 1-to-1 on a given day if 75% of donors who see the offer upgrade to a monthly recurring donation. GlobalGiving may also choose to match recurring donations that are made on days when the 75% of donors do not upgrade if sufficient funds are available.

Be sure to watch the video and thanks so much for your support!

Happiness is getting a scholarship!
Happiness is getting a scholarship!
Love is how we feel towards U - thanks !
Love is how we feel towards U - thanks !
How can we say "Thank You" enough?
How can we say "Thank You" enough?
Excited to be back in school!
Excited to be back in school!

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