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 14, 2012

Thanks to Provided Scholarships, Kids are in School - Your Donations Matched!

Back to school
Back to school

Warm greetings

We are delighted to share a new video with you where Joshua and the children at Door of Hope in Sierra Leone say "Thank You" for helping to provide scholarships and school supplies.  Several of the children came first in their class.  Listen to video of the kids joyfully saying "Thank You" here

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving donors, many children who were previously unable to go to school - due to fees and associated costs - are now able to do so.  As Joshua explains in the video, the families of the children are so grateful for your kindness. The gifts made have "done them proud" - as their children are back in school.  As Joshua says, "It's a wonderful job that you have done".  Christiana, on behalf of the children, tell us that they really appreciate all that we have done for them.

It's exciting to be able to invest into the education of the next generation.  Our support is truly changing the trajectory of the lives of these children as we provide the priceless gift of education. 

Recurring Donations Matched:  We welcome your support - helping us send even more children to school. The best way to help us do this is to sign up for a recurring donation today (under the donate button, click on the Monthly Recurring tab).  When you make a new 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. Please note that donations will be matched 1-to-1 on a given day if 75% of donors who see the offer upgrade to a monthly recurring donation. GlobalGiving may also choose to match recurring donations that are made on days when the 75% of donors do not upgrade if sufficient funds are available.

Be sure to watch the video and thanks so much for your support!

Happiness is getting a scholarship!
Happiness is getting a scholarship!
Love is how we feel towards U - thanks !
Love is how we feel towards U - thanks !
How can we say "Thank You" enough?
How can we say "Thank You" enough?
Excited to be back in school!
Excited to be back in school!

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Aug 2, 2012

65 Trainees Benefit from Forward Thinking and Creative Leadership Conference & Workshop

conference trainees
conference trainees

It's my pleasure to bring you a summary report from Develop Africa's first Forward Thinking and Creative Leadership Conference & Workshop - held in partnership with the Excellent Student Network International, at the British Council - July 2012.

The conference was well attended with a total of 65 students.  Trainees came from different institutions such as Fourah Bay College, Institute of Public Administration and Management, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, etc.  The conference was also attended by non-registered participants and included guests from all works of life including, the Justice Sector, the World Bank, Save the Children and several other distinguished guests.

Participants in the conference learnt through an interactive workshop and training about what Forward Thinking and Creative leadership meant. Through active interaction, engagement and collaboration, participants engaged in dissecting case scenarios of critical challenges facing the African continent and suggested best practices and consultative steps using the mind-set of a forward-thinking  and a creative Leader.

Participants were divided into five distinct groups each presented with a set of facts that form a case scenario of a typical challenging issue confronted by Africa nations. Members of the group break-out and consultative sessions addressed the issues presented in the interactive case scenarios and reported their findings in the main conference auditorium in the afternoon session of the conference. Each group was presented with unique case scenarios to tackle and to make recommendations and best practices as Forward-thinking and Creative Leaders.

Dr. Jasmine Renner the conference facilitator and workshop speaker provided examples, characteristics and hands -on description of what a forward thinking and a creative leader is through interactive discussions with participants. Africa’s top ten billionaires and their stories on how they acquired wealth were creative and forward thinking was discussed. A case study of Nelson Mandela as a forward thinker leader was also presented for analysis and discussion.

The conference was very lively, interactive, engaging, impactful and timely as participants demonstrated through questions and answers about what it means to them to become and develop forward thinking leadership traits and creativity globally and in the African continent.

Each conference participant who attended the morning and afternoon sessions was presented with a certificate of completion by Develop Africa Inc.  Mr. Maada Massaquoi, Computer Instructor at Develop Africa/ FAWE lab in collaboration with Dr. Jasmine Renner presented the certificates of completion to each participant attendee.

Mr. Josie Kamara-Cole the President of the Excellent Student Network International was also presented with an Asus E netbook / laptop donated by Develop Africa for his tireless efforts, perseverance and organizational abilities.

The conference ended on a high note with participants all impacted and motivated to impact their  nation and generation through small incremental but gradual progression into solutions using forward thinking and creative leadership mindsets.

Thank you, sponsors, partners and donors for your selfless investment in developing human capacity.  Together, we are sowing seeds and positioning the youths / young adults of Africa to make history in their generation.

Dr Jasmine Renner, Conference Speaker & 2 trainees
Dr Jasmine Renner, Conference Speaker & 2 trainees
Trainee reports on group session
Trainee reports on group session
Trainees discuss solving problems in the nation
Trainees discuss solving problems in the nation
Lunch time!
Lunch time!
Trainees listen attentively during conference
Trainees listen attentively during conference
Trainees with certificates
Trainees with certificates
Trainee provides summary of group session
Trainee provides summary of group session
Lively group discussions - ready to solve problems
Lively group discussions - ready to solve problems
Group takes notes for sharing with conference
Group takes notes for sharing with conference
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

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