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.
Jun 23, 2014

Learning Through a Coloring / Painting Competition and DOUBLED Impact

Lesson
Lesson

Did you remember coloring or painting as a kid?  It was so much fun to color and paint.

Experts and research agree that coloring or painting is very important for kids as they develop because it aids the development of fine and gross motor skills.  It allows them to perform better in other, more academic and physical ways.  Coloring on a blank piece of paper, is a great way for children to express themselves.

In our effort to ensure that we contribute holistically to well-rounded leaders - leaders who are developed in every area, we recently held a coloring and painting competition for the kids in the community of the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute.  The kids were very excited as you can see from the photos.  In teams, they decided what they would draw, chose representative colors, completed and submitted their entries.  

As you review the photos - the completed entries reflect their creativity and their skills. Because this was a team event, they had to learn to work together, make group decisions and assign tasks based on relative skills.  We also were able to see kids rising to leadership roles and coordinate the creation of their entries.

YOU were a huge part of making this event a success - because of your support.  Your on-going investment into the lives of the children and youths in Sierra Leone is making a huge difference.  Thanks so much for helping us create the ideal environments for their holistic development.  You are a huge part of what we are doing – and we would not be able to do what we are doing without your faithful support.

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day and YOUR donation of any amount up to $1000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, YOU can help us continue to provide diverse opportunities for the learning and growth of the children and youth.

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, your donation will be DOUBLED allowing for an even bigger impact on the children and youth we serve together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of our future leaders!

Competition winners
Competition winners
contest participants
contest participants
Additional participants
Additional participants
more participants
more participants
excited participants
excited participants
May 19, 2014

All Work and No Play, Makes Jack a Dull Boy!

Thank you for the soccer ball
Thank you for the soccer ball

All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. Did you remember learning this proverb / saying when you were growing up?

As you may know, Develop Africa focuses on empowering lives in Africa by providing the resources and support that they need to improve and better themselves.  Through your support, we have provided scholarships, mosquito nets, uniforms, school supplies etc. to thousands to children.  We motivate them on an on-going basis to do well at school.

That said we realize that life is more than progress in school.  There are many other things that are essential for children to learn as they grow.  The growth and development of children must be rounded and holistic.

With this in mind, we support a range of other activities on an on-going basis.  This includes the provision of exercise or sports equipment - such as soccer / volleyballs, skipping / jump ropes etc.  We recently provided a new set of these items and organized a number of competitions (with prize money for the winners) for the kids at Door of Hope. Our goal was to brighten the lives of the kids.

We believe that kids should have fun together.  Tremendous learning takes place in this atmosphere.  This offers several benefits including improved social interaction and understanding, better relationships with each other, focused skill learning, encouragement of competition etc.

Our sports competition event was a success.  The kids had a blast and were so very excited.

Watch Video - play time - sports activities and competitons


The photos and video show some of the activities - the skipping / jump rope competition and soccer penalty / goal scoring competition.  The videos show their energy.  Don’t you wish you were there?

The children truly had a lot of fun!  Thanks to your support we brightened their day and helped them become better, more rounded children.  Thank YOU for helping to be a part of enriching their lives.  Africa will have a brighter future - thanks to YOUR support!

Thank you for the volley ball
Thank you for the volley ball
soccer team play
soccer team play
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition

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May 12, 2014

Great Future Ahead For Youths

Group of Youths at Door of Hope
Group of Youths at Door of Hope

As you may know, one of the areas that Develop Africa focuses on is providing the essential tools, training and resources that people in the developing world need to better themselves.  This project focuses on the specific area of providing computer training for youths - who otherwise have limited or no access to computers or training.

One of the deserving youths that we have been working with is Christiana.  She has received a scholarship through another GlobalGiving project and also is a leadership mentee.  She volunteers with Door of Hope and helps to mentor and encourage children in the community.  Christina would like to be a banker.  

Christiana is eagerly looking forward to the launching of the new computer lab that will be set up hopefully in the next year.  Currently, the floor for the lab has been completed – as you can see from the photo accompanying this report.  We have made tremendous strides over past year and YOU have been a huge part of making this progress happen.  Your support is helping to prepare a great future for the youths.  The building completion and floor tiling would not have happened without your support. Thanks again!

Save the date:  On Wednesday June 25, 2014, 12:00PM EDT - June 26, 2014 11:59AM EDT Microsoft will be matching donations to this project at 100%!  Your donation of $50 will be doubled to $100!  This is a wonderful opportunity to make your donation go further.  This will help us purchase the much-needed computer that Christiana and the other youths will use.  Thanks for helping to make the dream of computer training come true for the youths. We appreciate you!



  

future leaders of Sierra Leone
future leaders of Sierra Leone
Christiana
Christiana
tiled computer floor
tiled computer floor
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