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.
Oct 17, 2014

Kids Are Excited To Attend Classes in a New School

New School Building
New School Building

Thanks to your generous support, we spent the last three months building our new school classrooms. Activities were focused on buying building materials - molding blocks and concrete - to get the classrooms ready for the next academic year scheduled for September 2014.

An excited group of kids arrived early on the 15th of September, the first day of school re-opening, and shouted “Wow” as they couldn’t imagine that they had a new building. Thanks in part to your support and the support of other organizations like EducAIDed Netherlands, Develop Africa and CAPEC, the students has modern, spacious and well ventilated classrooms.

The new classrooms enabled an additional 50 kids to attend school along with the 300 kids we had last year, bringing the total to 350 accommodated students. We look forward to adding a library and additional classroom to meet the demands of the new school.

Studies are going well so far, though we are just a month into the school year. Kids are keeping up with their lessons. In the next two weeks, class 5 and 6 pupils will visit Brasseries du Cameroon to see and learn how juice/soft drinks are manufactured by a brewery.

We sincerely thank you for your contributions. We need your materials, moral and financial support to forge ahead. With your help, we can positively change the lives of children in Cameroon.

More Happy Students
More Happy Students
Excited Kids
Excited Kids
Oct 15, 2014

Daisy - Full of Potential

Daisy
Daisy

Daisy wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. She is a very hard-working girl and likes dancing.  She is a team player and gets involved in every activity that concerns children.  Daisy is full of potential.

Daisy favorite subject in school is Creative Practical Art.  Her favorite activity is balance ball.  She is an only child - with no brothers or sisters. Daisy helps with the cooking and does light errands for mom and dad.

Currently, Daisy and other kids in Sierra Leone are not going to school.  Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed - with no projected re-opening date. This could be in the next month or so.  We do not know the date for sure - but we definitely want to be prepared as families need our support - more than ever before.

Business has slowed down considerably in Sierra Leone.  The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive.

During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. We wanted to keep schooling current in their minds.  Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them.  You can watch a video where 2 kids say thank you towards the end of the video.  This starts at 1 minute 48 seconds into the video.

When school reopens we need to start strong by providing scholarships for up to a hundred new children.  About 40 of these children have been orphaned during this crisis.  Can you join us in providing the gift of education to these deserving, orphaned children

Save the Date: Today, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!   This will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for more girls like Daisy. Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!


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Oct 15, 2014

Ebola Gets Real and Personal

Geraldine holds certificate ebola survivor
Geraldine holds certificate ebola survivor

Ebola is personal and real.  It has been a lot more in international news lately.  Ebola has been even more personal and real to the Develop Africa family.

We regret to inform you about the passing away of a few members of the Door of Hope / Develop Africa Community, in Wellington, Sierra Leone. Ruth Lamin, a nurse (pictured), contracted Ebola at work and passed away in September. She contracted the virus while trying to help a fellow worker in the hospital who was sick. She did not know that this sick worker had contracted the Ebola virus. A test for Ebola was done but the results came after she had already made an effort to save her colleague’s life.  Ruth was actively involved in our Ebola sensitization campaigns held in September. She was completely healthy with no symptoms when she was involved in DA's campaigns.  

Frank (Ruth’s husband), Elizabeth (Ruth’s sister) and Geraldine (Ruth oldest daughter) also got infected with Ebola (through Ruth) and were taken to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre.  Unfortunately, Frank and Elizabeth passed away shortly after.  The remaining children and their house were quarantined for 21 days. 

Since the parents were taken away in early September, we have been responsible for and taking care of this orphaned family – brother Sahr, sister Dorcas, cousin Emmanuel, Israel and Israela and two other dependent relatives that Ruth had been caring for. They are thankfully all in good health.  We also sent food items to Geraldine at the Ebola Treatment Center. We received on-going updates that she was doing better and better.

There have been several other deaths in the general community over the past 6 weeks. The people in the community are in a state of extreme fear as people very close to them are losing their lives to Ebola.  Per Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope: “The aftermath of this epidemic would be massive. Bread winners have been cut off from families. Children and dependent relatives are afraid of the future. Ruth was the main provider of her marital home and also for her relatives living in the Kono District in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. We need your prayers and assistance to help get rid of Ebola and afterwards support people affected to live a good life.”  

Good News: As Joshua reports: “The Lamin family was in our prayers. As God would have it Geraldine survived!  Geraldine was yesterday (Monday, October 13th) reunited with her family. Within a period of one month, Geraldine, Dorcas and Sahr became orphans.”  

Geraldine’s survival is one bright ray of light in this sad period.  Geraldine survived and beat Ebola! You can see a photo of her with her discharged certificate from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.   

We continue to be fully responsible for Geraldine and her family - providing them in addition with emotional and moral support as they integrate back into the community.  They extend their deep appreciation to YOU for your kind support (see photo with banner).

Shipping Update:  We have surface / ocean shipped 5 large boxes (3 of PPE for health workers, 2 of school supplies) to Sierra Leone.  These items should arrive in 6 weeks.

The work we are doing is more relevant and important than ever before. Ebola is real. It has personally touched us and we have experienced it.  

Today, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!   This will help us provide more PPE for health workers.  Thanks so much for your support as we tacke Ebola!

Geraldine is declared Ebola negative
Geraldine is declared Ebola negative
Ruth, Develop Africa volunteer nurse, passes away
Ruth, Develop Africa volunteer nurse, passes away
Thanks GlobalGiving donors!
Thanks GlobalGiving donors!
Ebola-orphaned family and relatives
Ebola-orphaned family and relatives
5 boxes leave Tennessee - 3 with PPE
5 boxes leave Tennessee - 3 with PPE

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