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 23, 2014

Ebola Awareness Campaign - "Stop the Spread"

Christian, volunteer - Ebola Sensitization
Christian, volunteer - Ebola Sensitization

On September 4th 2014, a 2-pronged "Stop The Spread" Ebola Awareness Campaign took place in the Wellington Community of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Door-to-door sensitization took place with a public address system and distribution of soap and Dettol disinfectant to 400 families.

A total of two hundred families were targeted in the Wellington Hill side community of Upper Beccle Street and Upper Mellon Street respectively. Each family received a bottle of Dettol, gloves and soap. The amount of soap received depended on the family size. The people in our community appreciate your gift in this period of health emergency posed by the Ebola epidemic.

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Three hundred and sixty (360) children were taught how to wash their hands properly with soap and water to prevent them from catching the Ebola virus. They were taught to avoid hand shaking to help stop the spread of Ebola. They were also reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. One thousand two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them, and every child was served food and drinks.

Impact: When some of the kids returned home, they told their parents what they had learned to prevent Ebola from spreading. A boy name Augustine Feika went home and when kids within his compound wanted to hold his hand, he told them “Help me stop the spread of Ebola – no hand shake.”

The distribution of Dettol to family heads and passers-by in the community started later in the afternoon. A total of four hundred (400) bottles of Dettol were distributed to two hundred family heads and two hundred individuals in the community.  A parent said “If this had been the step taken by the Honourables (Government  Representatives) in our community it would have helped a lot.”

Our very special appreciation goes to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and YOU, our GlobalGiving donors for helping to make this possible. The Wellington community appreciates your support during this trying time.


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Ebola Team distributes health supplies community
Ebola Team distributes health supplies community
Providing Ebola health supplies to community
Providing Ebola health supplies to community
Door to door, window to window distribution
Door to door, window to window distribution
Woman happy to receive health supplies
Woman happy to receive health supplies
Ensuring all in community have health supplies
Ensuring all in community have health supplies
Kids learning how to stay safe from Ebola
Kids learning how to stay safe from Ebola
Kids learning about Ebola
Kids learning about Ebola
Soap and better hygiene for all the kids
Soap and better hygiene for all the kids
Kid asks a question about Ebola
Kid asks a question about Ebola

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Sep 17, 2014

Thanks Paul G Allen Foundation and Global Giving Donors For Health Supplies

door-to-door distribution health supplies
door-to-door distribution health supplies

Here is a quick update and thank YOU vdeo that we just received last night.  

A week ago in partnership with Door of Hope, we distributed soap and Dettol disinfectant to the Wellington Community in Freetown.  Christina, on behalf of Door of Hope, extends her profound appreciation to Global Giving and Develop Africa for providing health supplies – soap and Dettol disinfectant.  Special thanks also goes to the Paul G. Allen Foundation for a matching grant that made this possible.  

Christiana also appeals for your support towards provision of basic food items for the upcoming 3-day lock down. The Sierra Leonean government has ordered people to stay inside their homes for 3 days from the 19th to the 21st September to help curb the spread of Ebola. Many Sierra Leoneans live on a day-to-day basis and 3 days will be a challenge. 

We are embarking on a food distribution program in the Wellington community where we will be bagging and distributing rice, cooking oil, tomatoes, onions, Maggi (spices) and a little cash to buy fish. This will be primarily to people who survive on daily sales – petty traders, the unemployed and aged people in the community.

We welcome your support towards this venture that will make the difference between food on the table and starvation.  Your donation of $10 will provide food supplies for 1 family during this period. Thanks for your support. 

community gladly receives health supplies
community gladly receives health supplies
ensuring kids know how to keep themselves safe
ensuring kids know how to keep themselves safe
teaching kids on health and cleanliness
teaching kids on health and cleanliness
door to door sensitization
door to door sensitization

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Sep 10, 2014

Meet Alfred - An Aspiring Teacher-In-Training

Alfred is a teacher-in-training who volunteers at the Door of Hope After School Program, rendering service to children in the Wellington community environs. He is enthusiastic about giving back to the children in the community and is a great leader.

He aspires to be a School Principal and becoming computer proficient is one of his dreams.  Together we are making this dream come true.  We are covering the costs of training classes for Alfred in MS Office software applications. He plans to help train other youths in computer skills when the computer lab is functional.

For Alfred, having the opportunity to learn MS Office software applications and other computer skills will help to build on his ability to be an efficient School Principal. He is also interested in law, and is smart and very accommodating.

Thanks to YOU, we have come a very long way! With YOUR generous support, very soon hundreds of children and youth in the community will benefit from the opportunity to train at the computer lab.  Their dreams of becoming computer literate will soon be a reality!

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