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.
Jul 30, 2012

Our Lab is One of The Best Computer Labs - If Not The Best in The Entire Country!

girls at building dedication
girls at building dedication

We are delighted to provide this report - updating you on the training and the girls in Freetown.

The formal opening of the building (including the computer lab and the library) took place on March 28th 2012.  The German Ambassador in Sierra Leone was the guest of honor and he declared the building open.  Funds for the construction of the building were provided by / through the German Embassy in Sierra Leone.

The German Ambassador said at the ceremony that he believes that this lab is the best computer lab in the entire country of Sierra Leone.  He said the lab is awesome and better than that of NEC, which the German Embassy supported. He expressed ''lots of thanks and appreciation to GlobalGiving and Develop Africa for their support''.  We are so very thankful to you - as you have helped to make this lab one of the best computer labs - if not the best in the entire country!

The building also includes a complete library of books that is augmenting and supporting learning at the school.  Develop Africa has contributed books towards this library and we plan to continue doing so. 

Regarding training, the semester ended in June and we had a closing quiz competition.  We will provide some more information on this including a video in the next report.  In August, we are planning to restart computer classes. 

We are excited about this on-going opportunity to transform the lives of these girls.  Together we are preparing them for relevance in our increasingly digital society and for employment / owning their own businesses.  We appreciate your on-going support towards this.  Please make your best donation today towards this.  Thanks for your support!

adjacent library
adjacent library
ribbon cutting
ribbon cutting
girls learning in computer lab
girls learning in computer lab
screen on dedication day
screen on dedication day
part of high table at dedication
part of high table at dedication
Jul 16, 2012

Progress - All The Children Performed Well Academically

Cameroon National Day Celebration (20th May)
Cameroon National Day Celebration (20th May)

Dear donors, friends and well wishers

It has been a very successful and fantastic year of good health the School given that none of the children registered any major illness and am so excited that they all got to perform well in their academic work and have been cleared to join the next classes respectively at the end of September 2012. Apart from the academic achievements, the kids took part in excursion and other recreational activities. During the trimester, the children visited a brewery company to see how soft drinks are made, we also took part in the 20th May Celebration, which is the reunification day in Cameroon, thanks to all of you for making this happen.

The children completed their third term of the year in May, with the Nursery 2 pupils promoted to Primary One .Children are now on summer vacation, and will begin holiday classes on the 15th of July 2012.  We are also thankful for our volunteer Katharina Herger, who has spent one year working with the kids in our school.

We want to thanks our donors, friends and well-wishers for the sacrifices they make to ensure that our project is alive. Thank you so much for the donations both in cash and kind and May the good Lord continue to Bless and reward you.

We continue to request for your support as we enter into another year. The challenge is still on and everything that you give is of great importance and is well appreciated. There is going to be increase in population for both boys and girls the new academic year. We have already identified close to 20 girls ages (5 -15yrs) who are just sitting at home doing nothing, we intend to register them in our school. We will need your support in term of school and material suppliers for them.  Kindly help us spread the word about this project to family members and friends too.

With the best of wishes

Excursion to a local brewery
Excursion to a local brewery
Graduation of Nursery II Pupils
Graduation of Nursery II Pupils
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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