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 17, 2012

Show and Tell - Tailoring Trainees Tell The Story and Show Their Handiwork

Bintu - Trainee at the tailoring school
Bintu - Trainee at the tailoring school

Need some good news to brighten your day? Here it is!

We are delighted to share with you a video from the tailoring trainees that we together support at Develop Africa Empowerment and training Institute at Door of Hope in Sierra Leone.  This video shows you the trainees sewing and showing beautiful, custom-styled, dresses that they have sewed.  They also say a big “thank you” to you for your support.

You will notice in this video that some of them said they were idle doing nothing.  This is a huge impact that we have made together - bringing hope, purpose, skill-learning and the opportunity for them to enhance themselves and earn a living.  What better way to invest in people - than to equip them with skills and empower them to earn a living!  This is worth shouting about - priceless and we are so grateful for your support!

In other news, Dr. Jasmine Renner, Develop Africa's Director of Development and international Outreaches, made a visit was to the made to the Institute in July and met the trainees. She gave a brief talk to the vocational skills training students, children of Door of Hope, teachers and staff. She encouraged them to be diligent in their business, to think creatively and to press to new heights of excellence in vocational and skills training.  The Training Center at Door of Hope is a multi-purpose building / facility which on completion will include a vocational skills training school, a computer lab and other relevant facilities.

Bonus Day - October: October 17th - is the LAST Bonus Day of the year. GlobalGiving will be matching donations 30% up to $1,000 per donor, per project.  We welcome your support now and then - helping us bring hope and empowerment to many, many more trainees.

We appreciate you so much for your support - more than you would realize!

Jasmine with trainees
Jasmine with trainees
You are terrific - thanks for your support!
You are terrific - thanks for your support!

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Sep 7, 2012

Level of Computer Literacy Increased During The Holidays

Here's an update computer training at the school

For the last three months, which was the school holiday period, we intensified studies for our computer classes. The computer training targeted children and youth who had finished Certificate of Primary Education. The beneficiaries learned the following computer skills:

  1. Introduction to computers / Key boarding / Windows
  2. Microsoft Word
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. PowerPoint
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. Microsoft Publisher
  7. Internet and email
  8. Page maker.

In addition, they learned a range of related IT skills including binding, photocopying and laminating. Many of were quick to learn and complete practical sessions. The training will continue during the school period.

To date, 80 beneficiaries are now computer literate. They can use computers to write their own personal stories and experiences. They can also write a letter. At least half of the ones who are in high school have set up an email address and created a Facebook account.

Challenges Encountered:  Most of the beneficiaries came in late for the sessions – which made them miss some sessions. Also we did not have consistent power / electricity.  Another key challenge is the insufficiency of computers when doing practical sessions. 

One of the class 8 pupils, called September, had this to say “I am very excited about learning computers. It’s fun and enjoyable. I am confident and look forward to learning more in the future especially when I go to college”

Thanks to your on-going support, we continue to offer this essential training that is preparing the children for college and life as a whole in our computer-aided society.  This training is giving them the basic foundation that they need for success and its exciting to see them grow and develop - all thanks to your support!

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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