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 22, 2013

Our Strategic Intervention is Making a Huge Difference

Marian said "You made my day"
Marian said "You made my day"

You, through your on-going support, have been a key partner in helping to effect permanent change in the lives of our girls in Sierra Leone.  Through your support, we have together provided hundreds of scholarships.  

We have done a lot more than providing scholarships.  Over the years, Develop Africa has developed a model of "complete, wholesome intervention".  This model focuses on addressing the whole picture - every area of the beneficiary’s life.  

We wanted to take a moment to also tell you some more about a specific girl that we have supported - called Marian.  Marian has a winning smile and eyes full of purpose.  She wants to be a lecturer / teacher when she grows up.  She is a good mixer and very friendly.  She is in great health.

Through your kindness, the kindness of other individual donors and a special family that lives in West Virginia, Marian and her family have received scholarships, books and school supplies, school uniforms, mosquito nets, mattress, suitcases , a bag of rice, financial assistance towards rent etc.  Our support has brought “a smile to our faces again”, “a place in society once more” and “tears of joy”. 

As you notice, we have jointly been able to provide assistance at multiple levels - complete, wholesome intervention.  This targeted support is helping to break the hold of poverty.  Our support together has helped to provide much more than the gift of education.  Thank you exceedingly for helping to bring hope and new life to this precious family.

If you are interested supporting the education of specific children, we would love to hear from you. You can do so right here on GlobalGiving.  School reopens in September and we would like to provide scholarships to 500 children.  Can you help us do so by making a donation of $100 or your best donation today?  

Want to help us do even more?  You can now easily create a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving and help us raise funds for more scholarships.  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!

 

You have brought laughter
You have brought laughter
Items provided
Items provided

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Aug 22, 2013

Level of Computer Literacy Increased During The Summer / Holiday Period

Kids - computer training
Kids - computer training

Summer / the holiday season is a great time to brush up on your skills. Thanks to your support - our kids have been doing just that!

During this summer / holiday period, we intensified studies for our computer classes.  The computer training focused on children and youth targeting those who had finished Certificate of Primary Education.  The training took place at our community resource center.  YOUR support helped to provide training in the following skills: 

1. Introduction to computers 
2. Keyboarding 
3. Microsoft Word 
4. Microsoft Excel 
5. Microsoft PowerPoint 
6. Microsoft Access 
7. Microsoft Windows
8. Microsoft Publisher 
9. Internet and email 
10. PageMaker.

In addition, they learned other IT related skills including binding, photocopying, laminating and paper cutting. Many of were quick to learn and do practical exercises.  

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

Want to help us do 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!

Kids were so eager to learn
Kids were so eager to learn
Aug 12, 2013

Hurrah! Together We are Providing The Best Form of Protection... Verified and Proven

Randy holding his new net
Randy holding his new net

Did you know that YOUR donation / support of this project is helping to accomplish something effective and proven!  Here are 2 snippets / resources that confirm this:  

1. The families that we have provided with nets now have a dramatically reduced or zero incidence of malaria.  Thanks to your support - there has been a dramatic drop in illness and loss of time due to illness - at work and school.  One such beneficiary is Randy F (pictured). Randy lives in the Wellington suburb of Freetown.  He is a carpenter and the main provider of a family of four, with monthly income of $50 - not enough to cover the basic needs of the home.  His family lives in a single bedroom apartment with electricity but no running water.  

When we interviewed Randy, he confirmed that his family is now having interruption and mosquito-bite-free sleep each night.  Since he received a net 13 months ago, no one in his family has had malaria. This is significant because malaria used to be a common occurrence - with each person getting malaria between 1-3 times each year!  Randy and his family are deeply grateful to Global Giving and Develop Africa donors for the provision of the health-preserving bed net.

This is truly exciting news - to know that Your support is making a proven, verified impact.


2.  I just read an article that further confirms the efficacy of treated mosquito nets. According to the article, "Prevention still the best form of protection.  But there's still no malaria vaccine in sight. So prevention remains the first line of attack." Source - http://www.dw.de/mosquito-nets-laced-with-insecticide-help-tanzania-lower-malaria-rates/a-16998413

Given the wide-spread and on-going exposure to mosquitoes, we are together indeed taking the best course of action - helping to provide mosquito nets.


The Next Step: While we have together provided thousands of nets, there are many more homes with no mosquito nets or with just one net.  We invite you to join us in ensuring that every family that needs a net gets one.  Can you help us do so by provide a net through your donation of $10 today?

The next best way you can help is to join us in raising funds.  This is an 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!

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