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.
Sep 5, 2012

You have played a great role in my life and my family!

Rugiatu - microfinance beneficiary
Rugiatu - microfinance beneficiary

It's exciting to be a part of making change happen and its uplifting to hear that we are positively helping to better the lives of people. This is the message that we get from the video of Rugiatu.  Rugiatu is a small business food vendor in Freetown and has received microfinance / microcredit funding that helped her start and grow her business.

Rugiatu explains in the video that the business has helped her send her children to school and meet their needs.  She expresses her deep appreciation and says - "You have played a great role in my life and my family!"  Her video reminds us yet again that our investment and donations towards this project are having a great impact.  Our support means so much to the beneficiaries and is deeply appreciated.

She ends the video with an appeal for additional funding to expand her business further.  We welcome your support that will help her take her business to the next level.

Upcoming News: We are in the process of planning our next small business training session for microfinance beneficiaries.  In partnership with AIDSL, we are also planning to hold special sessions that will train over 200 youths on various aspects such as how to run a business, entrepreneurial skills, modern financial management and resource mobilization. More on this shortly...

On behalf of Rugiatu and all the other beneficiaries, I gratefully say "Thank you so much!"

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Sep 4, 2012

Without the treated bed nets, I would not be as healthy as I am

Group of mosquito net beneficiaries
Group of mosquito net beneficiaries

Light, camera, action! - It's video time and time to hear from none other than our bed net beneficiaries themselves.

This report provides a peek into the world of 2 children in Freetown who briefly talk about the difference that the bed nets have made in their lives.  Kadiatu firstly, tells us that "the bed net was so important in promoting good health.  No more mosquito bites, malaria, skin rash".  She also adds, "No more extra spending in my health.  The benefits are staying.  Healthy sound mind, sound sleep". 

Ali, the second beneficiary, tells us that "Without the treated bed nets, I would not be as healthy as I am.  Thanks to Develop Africa my mother is now using the proceeds from her business to nourish my body – not to fight malaria."

The video is 2 minutes long and also includes several individual and group photos of other beneficiaries.  Click here to watch the video of the bed net beneficiaries.

Two key elements to note here:

  1. Beneficiaries are now safe, healthy and sleeping well.  Besides not getting sick, the nets are providing the added benefit of sleep
  2. The nets are saving the families from unnecessary expenditure on malaria sickness treatment.  From talking to the families, I know that this can be an unnecessary drain on the meager financial resources of families.

By providing this simple but effective solution, we are together making a definite difference.  Thanks so much for your life-changing and on-going support.

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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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