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 1, 2013

The Support We Provided Was Definitely a Welcome Lifeline

Isatu
Isatu

Have you noticed that the news lately seems to be dark and gloomy ?  We have too.  Bad news can be depressing -  so here is some good news to hopefully brighten your day.

Our good news comes in the form of a brief video message from Isatu, a beneficiary of Business Training and microfinance Funds.  In her YouTube video, Isatu expresses her appreciation to you for the support you have provided.  As she says in the video - "I deeply appreciate it. ... I thank really God and you for what you have done to us."  

The support we provided was definitely a welcome lifeline.  
It provided the business training that she needed to be successful and the funds she needed to start her business. 

Her video reminded me of 2 things

1.  Never take life, people or things for granted.  They may be here today ... and gone tomorrow.

2.  Always remember that we are influential - that what we do means so much to others.  

Together we continue to be a powerful influential force - helping to turn the tide - bringing hope, one life and family at a time.  That is awesome!  That is good news worth sharing - how we are changing lives together!

Can you help us share this good news by sharing this report / email with your friends and family?  Let's spread some cheer and brighten everyone's day!

We need your help to provide more training and funds to deserving women.  Your donation today of $25 or more will help make this happen.  Please make your best donation now!

Can you help us empower other women like Isatu?  A great way to do so is to create a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving.  Through the fundraiser, you will help raise funds for more training.  This is a fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type today!  Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up.  

Thanks so much for all you do!


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Aug 28, 2013

We Together Created Magical Moments and Extraordinary Days !

Children at school with volunteer
Children at school with volunteer

Dear Supporters/Partners / Friends of CAPEC,

Seasonal greetings from Cameroon!!!

During the last three months, thanks to your support, we had our end-of-school year celebrations and summer program.  Graduation Day, which marked the end of year for CAPEC pupils was held in June.  Activities associated with it involved performances by the kids including drama, dance, music, rhymes and debate. 

All five-year-old nursery 2 pupils received certificates as they graduated into primary class 1. The administration awarded prizes to the best three ranking pupils in each class. Prizes were also awarded to pupils who had the best improved results and the most punctual pupil in each class.

Your support also helped make possible our Hello Kids program.  This program included socio-cultural activities such as Arts & Crafts, Games and Drama, Computer training, Sewing, Cookery, Sports activities and Excursion trips.  The program provided training and exposure activities for deprived and disadvantaged children such as orphans and handicapped children.  The children learned new skills and improved on already existing ones.  They had the opportunity to meet and interact with friends.  They were able to learn new skills such as photography and crafts - which are normally not taught in schools.  Thanks to your support, this program helped create magical moments and extraordinary days for abused, abandoned, neglected, disadvantaged and underprivileged children.

We are so grateful for your on-going support that made this possible.  

Take your impact to the next level: A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match 100% of new monthly donations from now through August 30, 2013. If you make a 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.

Want to help us do even more? you can now easily create a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving and help us raise funds for more training.  This is a fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type today!  Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up.  

Thanks so much for all you do!

Just having fun...
Just having fun...
Aug 26, 2013

The conference was awesome, inspiring, awaking and wonderful. I felt empowered

Group photo of attendees
Group photo of attendees

The above report title is a quote from one of the attendees.  No doubt - the conference was a huge success!  Here's more on the conference that you helped to support.

The first face-to-face annual Girls Leadership Mentoring Workshop / Conference for its leadership mentees took place in February 2013. The conference was held at the Hill Valley Hotel Conference room in Freetown, Sierra Leone. There was a total of sixteen (16) conference attendees consisting of 9 leadership mentees, 3 Develop Africa Coordinators, 3 mentors and trainers and a guest from the United States. The conference presenters and mentors included presenters:  Dr. Gladys Palmer, Ms. Adeyinka Wyse and Ms. Melody Davis.

Dr. Gladys Palmer facilitated the morning session one “Leadership and Anger Management.” The session was psycho-educational in nature. It entailed self-evaluation and group work on the issue of anger management.   The session was designed to encourage participants to own their feelings and recognize the physical cues of anger in order to effectively manage it. The session lasted for two hours including a question & answer time. 

The afternoon session, “Empowered to Lead”, was led by Melody Davis and Adeyinka Wyse from the United States. This session was designed to put the leadership mentees in control of educating and empowering themselves to lead and take action on key issues that affect their lives. The mode of training included group work and individual activities. A collaborative approach was also utilized in this session. 

During the break-out times, the mentees, mentors, trainers and facilitators had a great opportunity to network, interact and connect on a personal level. The conference was reported to be very informative, educational and inspiring.

Here are some of the comments from the leadership mentees regarding the conference and workshop:

“Wow, the conference was superb.  The facilitators were awesome. We learnt a lot.  May God bless you Jasmine for giving us this opportunity to meet with such an inspiring personalities. Love you all plenty.” ~ Isatu K.
  
“I really have enjoyed the conference. Thanks very much Jasmine for your relentless effort.” ~ Dorhen S.
  
“The conference was awesome, inspiring, awaking and wonderful. I felt empowered. Thanks Adeyinka, Melody and Gladys. Thanks to Develop Africa and Jasmine, it was powerful.” ~  Hannah S.

“I'm so thrilled! Could have sat there and just enjoy learning new things, but all the same, it's ended. It was awesome! What a wonderful thing to learn so much and still want to continue learning.” ~ Gracie G.
  
“The conference has ended. It was educating and we all had a fabulous time today. Thank you for the opportunity. Loads of love.” ~  Angela L.    

We are so grateful for your on-going support that made this possible.  

We are excitedly loking forward to expanding to another country this year?  Your donation of $25 or more today will hekp make this possible.  

Want to help us do even more? you can now easily create a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving and help us raise funds for more training.  This is a fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - http://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type today!  Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up.  

Thanks so much for all you do!


Girls having fun
Girls having fun
Attendees in between training sessions
Attendees in between training sessions

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