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.
Dec 23, 2013

Successful Leadership Field Experience

Christiana - 1st place
Christiana - 1st place

We are delighted to report that Develop Africa’s Girls Leadership mentoring program has witnessed a very successful year with mentorship training, workshops and leadership activities. A core component of the Girls Leadership Mentoring program is a practical leadership field experience titled “Leadership and Creativity Field work”, undergone by each mentee. Each year the mentees will undergo a practicum field work on leadership and creativity.

This year from June- October, 2013 the mentees undertook a practical leadership and creative field work project in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This field work project is a required mandatory part of their mentoring program.  This activity gives each mentee the opportunity to put into practical use their leadership knowledge and skills.  Mentees were asked to complete their field work on the three components of Leadership: namely Spiritual Leadership, Health Leadership and Community Leadership.  They were also a required to write a reflection paper of two to three pages summarizing their field work experience.

The mentees were excited about the opportunity and eagerly undertook this activity.  Several mentees undertook leadership field work in non-profit / community based organizations, such as Youth for Christ, in after school programs at Door of Hope and in local schools. They performed volunteer activities for these organizations for a minimum of 10 hours and put their skills of creative leadership to work.  

Dr. Jasmine Renner, the lead mentor frequently checked on their and from time to time provided guidance, assistance and clarification when required. Several excellent reports emerged as a result of this practical field exercise.  Mentees were activity engaged in giving back to their communities. In October, 2013, the mentees submitted their final required field work write-up and it was reviewed and judged by a panel of individuals in the US. In December, 2013, an announcement was made about the results of their Leadership and Creativity fieldwork with three mentees emerging as to the top awardees of the Leadership and Creativity award.  The following were selected to be awarded the "2013 Creativity and Leadership Award."

1st place - Christiana 2nd Place - Juliana and Angella. There was a tie between the two mentees. We like to congratulate these three finalists for a job well done.  They will all receive a leadership plaque award and gift prizes, in 2014 during a short ceremony to be held in Freetown, Sierra.

All three of their final submissions will be turned into a mini display book and shared with the other mentees so they can see their exemplary field work in Leadership. 

Thank you sponsors for helping to make this possible and for investing in the lives of our upcoming leaders.

Great Time to Give:  We are so grateful for your previous support that has helped us touch many lives like these 3 budding leaders.  We wanted to let you know of the great opportunity that GlobalGiving is offering right now.  

From now through December 31st, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! To qualify for the match, you must give at least four consecutive months. 

In appreciation for your support, we will be featuring a list of all new recurring donors on our website.  We will also send to you a free Develop Africa coffee mug or T-shirt (you decide which one).   

Please sign up now - as this offer expires at the end of the year.  This would help us support many more kids that are on our waiting list.  Thank you for giving the priceless gift of education!
 

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Angella
Angella
Juliana
Juliana
Dec 20, 2013

Hope For A Future Teacher

Yealie
Yealie

Happy Holidays!

We are delighted to send you this project report - sharing the story of Yealie's life - a life we have touched together.  Her story is a wonderful story that will warm your heart!

Yealie was born on 25th April, 2006 in a suburb of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. Yealie has six brothers.  Her mother is a housewife with no means of income. Her father is a petty trader but his meagre income is grossly insufficient to take care of the family. It is very difficult for Yealie’s family to get a meal a day. Their living condition is very poor. Three of her brothers were going to school and Yealie herself was at the verge of dropping out of school to hardship and financial constraints.  Thanks to YOUR support - she is in school and eagerly learning each day!

Yealie loves school and she aspires to become a teacher when she grows up.  Your support is helping to make her dream come true.  We are together touching her life and preparing her for the important role of Teacher - much needed in Sierra Leone today.  Thank you again very much for YOUR support - helping Yealie to continue her education. Your support is bringing hope and a promising future in Yealie's life.

Great Time to Give:  We are so grateful for your previous support that has helped us touch many lives like Yealie's.  We wanted to let you know of the great opportunity that GlobalGiving is offering right now.  

From now through December 31st, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! To qualify for the match, you must give at least four consecutive months. 

In appreciation for your support, we will be featuring a list of all new recurring donors on our website.  We will also send to you a free Develop Africa coffee mug or T-shirt (you decide which one).   

Please sign up now - as this offer expires at the end of the year.  This would help us support many more kids that are on our waiting list.  Thank you for giving the priceless gift of education!
 

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Dec 3, 2013

Thanks For Helping to Make Their Education Dreams Come True

Group of excited scholarship beneficiaries
Group of excited scholarship beneficiaries

THANK YOU for being a dream-maker!  You helped to make the dream of on-going education come true.

We recently provided a new round of scholarships to deserving children in Sierra Leone. The families were extremely appreciative of the support that you helped make happen.  The scholarships are enabling them to continue their education.  

The children were excited to receive the scholarships.  Together with their families, they pledged to do their best to succeed in school.

We were touched by their enthusiasm, hope and courage.  We are indeed grateful to be part of making their dream come true - another year of education!  

The children attend different schools throughout Freetown with ages ranging from 8 to 19 years old.  Some of the Freetown beneficiaries and other located in the provinces were not able to attend the award ceremony.  Some of the children come from families that were displaced as a result of the rebel war.  For some of them, one of two or their siblings are not in school due to financial hardship.  

Without your support, this would not have happened. 

We have found out that the provision of educational assistance in the form of scholarships directly addresses the all-too-common situation where parents are not able to cover school fees and related costs such as uniforms. By providing financial assistance, we are helping to ensure that the children stay in school.   This is helping to shape their lives and prepare them for a better future.  We additionally follow up with the families to ensure that the children attend school and maintain good grades.

We are so very grateful for your previous and on-going support!  THANK YOU once more for helping to make their dreams come true. 

Have you heard?  Today is #GivingTuesday ... and your donations to this project today will be matched 100% by Microsoft.  This will be a great way to double your impact - making your donation go even further.  

Details are as follows: 

  • The #GivingTuesday campaign begins today, at 12:00:01 PM (noon) ET.  
  • There is $250,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft.  
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project. 

We need YOUR help with this right now.  There are 89 deserving children on our scholarship waiting list and we would like to provide scholarships to all of them.  Your donation will help make the dream of education come true for one of these precious children.  Please help!

Please 
make your donation of $25, $50 or $100 now or as early as you can today to ensure that we get matching funds. Thanks so much for your support!

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scholarship beneficiary
smiling scholarship beneficiary
smiling scholarship beneficiary

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