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.
Apr 4, 2013

Helping to Raise a Future Leader

Agnes with her grand mother
Agnes with her grand mother

Dear friends and supporters:

It's a joy to once again share a project update on how we are together impacting the lives of girls and helping to further their education.  We are providing a vital lifeline - strengthening precious lives that would otherwise drop out of school - with potential and greatness unrealized.  What we are doing is simple, but so very profound!  This warms my heart and I hope it warms your heart too!

This report includes the story of Agnes. This following brief on Agnes typifies that of many of the girls that we are together helping.   These girls are gems, future leaders, with great potential and purpose.  However, they are faced with challenges that are beyond the ability of their families - living below the poverty line and at risk.

Agnes is an orphan who hails from a very poor home. Agnes’ parents died when Agnes was a baby. She has been living with her grandparents who are old, poor and unable to generate income. They used to live in a slum by the sea. Recently a flood washed away all their possession and her uncle died in the process. A few months later Agnes lost her blind grandfather due to the shock from the flood.  Agnes and her grandmother are presently displaced and are staying with a family friend. Agnes loves school and would like to be a lawyer. 

Though her family socio-economic situation is quite a challenge, yet Agnes is guaranteed continued education through your on-going support. Thank you for preventing Agnes from dropping out of school.  Your timely support has indeed given Agnes a hope and a future.  Through your support Agnes and many more girls are continuing their education.  Thanks so very much.

We welcome your on-going support that enables us to reach and impact the lives of many more girls. Through your special large gift today or by signing up for a recurring donation, we wll together do so much more.  Thanks for your support! 

Mar 25, 2013

Preparing for Maximum Impact Through an Equipped Computer Lab

Dolly using the first computer provided
Dolly using the first computer provided

Over the past years we have had to rent computer labs each time that we offered training.  The equipment available in the rental facilities has been inconsistent and imperfect relative to our purposes.  Also the room layouts have not been ideal.  With this in mind, we determined that the best solution would be to house our own facilities.  This offers several advantages including the ability to have more frequent sessions and also to have the equipment – both hardware and software that better suited our purposes.

I am delighted to report that we have made significant progress towards this.  The computer lab will be housed in the almost-completed Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute.  The structure of the room that will be housing the computer lab is ready.  We have also been able to purchase the first computer and the photos included in this report show Dolly, one of the youths using the computer – provided through the GlobalGiving / Give for Youth Partnership.

The youths and young adults and the community in general have been observing the progress excitedly and are eager to see it completed and to start using the new computer lab.  This lab will help us basic computer training free for hundreds of people.

What we finally need to do now is to fully furnish the room – in terms of 15 computer desks and chairs, 15 computers, a podium, document scanner, overhead projector and printer.  We are hoping to complete this by the end of the year and estimate that this project will take around $20,000 to complete. 
Strike a chord? Does this resonate with you in any way?  Would you be interested in being a part of making this happen in any way?  We would love to hear from you and be so grateful if you could join us in this worthy venture.  Together we will help to prepare hundreds of people in the community for success in our computer-aided society. 

How you can help:

  • Help us fundraise for this project – creating a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving.   Through the fundraiser, you can invite your friends and family to support this worthy project.  If you would like to get involved and support this project in any way – feel free to contact Sylvester directly at syl – at – 
  • Sign up for a recurring donation to this project.  Now through March 28, GlobalGiving is offering a one-time, 100% match of any new recurring donation.  This would be a great way to help us take this project to the next level.   Sign up now to start your recurring donation - helping to provide the computer training for hundreds of youths!   Read more about the conditions here -

Thanks so much for your support and best of wishes

some of the chldren who will benefit from the lab
some of the chldren who will benefit from the lab
Mar 20, 2013

I will grow up to be a great woman because I am going to school: Nurturing the seeds of greatness


Here's a feel-good project update from Janet - one of Directors in Freetown.  It summarizes the impact we are making together:

The scholarship beneficiaries and their families extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to all Develop Africa and Global Giving supporters for the God-given opportunity accorded the children to enroll and stay in school - so that they will realize their dreams of becoming professionals in their various aspirations. Indeed words cannot articulate enough their profound gratitude for the support towards their education.

Without the on-going support that you help provide many of the children would not have been in school. The funds disbursed to the children help their parents/guardians to buy uniforms, books, school bags, shoes, and pay school fees and charges, which generally prevents children from being enrolled into school or drop out of school.

Fatu M, one of the beneficiaries was delighted to receive a scholarship.  Her father fell ill last year, suffering from stroke paralysis. All their meager resources have been used to seek a cure for the father. The mother’s petty trading came to a halt and has used the capital to seek medical attention for her husband. She also had to temporarily stop the business to care for her husband, as they moved from place to place in search of cure. This misfortune has caused Fatu’s two brothers to drop out of school for now because their parents had no money to support their education.

Thanks for support received Fatu is going to school. She would have been in the same plight as their brothers if they had not received support from Develop Africa.  Fatu had this to say:

“I want to thank our sponsors and Develop Africa very much for helping me to continue with my education. I am so very grateful for the support. I will grow up to be a great woman because I am going to school. Thank you sponsors and Develop Africa. May God always bless you.”

When the going gets tough and you wonder whether it's worth it all - stop and think about Fatu - and how you are helping to keep her and many others in school. Your support is making a huge difference.   Together we are helping to support the education of determined girls like Fatu.  Together, we are helping to nurture the seeds of greatness within them.  This is priceless!

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