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 27, 2011

Computer Lab Launched, Girls Excited to Learn

Salamatu - one of the children at the school
Salamatu - one of the children at the school

Warm greetings,

I am so very happy and excited to report that the FAWE computer lab was formally opened in May.  I had the opportunity to travel to Freetown on a project visit and to declare the lab open.  During the trip, I visited the school and met with many of the girls who are benefiting from this lab.  Please take a few minutes to see photos of the lab launching ceremony .

It was an exciting experience to see this dream become a reality and we are deeply grateful to you, our Globalgiving donors, for your on-going support that helped make this dream a reality.  This day was one of the highlights of my trip and what we have been able to accomplish so far.  Thank you so much for your support!

The power / electricity situation in Sierra Leone is currently unreliable and we cannot count on its availability.  For this lab to be optimally beneficial, we need to make it available for learning on an on-going basis.  We are currently in the process of raising support to purchase solar panels and equipment to power the lab.  Until we get this equipment in place, your donation will help cover the costs for instruction and generator fuel. 

We welcome your sponsorship of a day ($60) or a month ($300).  Full sponsorship details are available here and you can make your donations to this through the GlobalGiving Project page.  We welcome sponsorship from individuals, groups, organizations and businesses.

Thank again for your on-going involvement.  Hope you have a great and refreshing summer!

lab ready for use...
lab ready for use...
Learning on a computer is cool....
Learning on a computer is cool....

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Jun 27, 2011

Field Trip Visit, Education Continues to be a Definite Priority...

Sylvester, Phillip and some children beneficiaries
Sylvester, Phillip and some children beneficiaries

Just a few weeks ago, in May 2011, I had the opportunity to travel to Freetown, Sierra Leone and meet a number of the children - beneficiaries of this project.  It was a true delight to see their smiling, happy faces.  I verified that they are receiving your donations and making steady progress at school.

During our group meeting, I passed on these messages, which I had received from you, encouraging them to focus on their studies and to excel at school.  I also encouraged the parents to support their children morally and be a continual inspiration. 

My presence and the message of encouragement that I passed on were well received.  The parents and children asked me to bring back their warm appreciation to you for your support that has helped to provide books, school supplies and scholarships for the children.  Your support truly means a lot to them - much more than you would realize.

Over the past month, I ran into a news article that affirms our commitment to supporting education in Africa:

"Look at how Asia’s extraordinary growth in recent decades was fueled by a determination to invest in “human capital".  It is widely understood that Africa’s children will not own the 21st century until their leaders put more emphasis on educating them. Poor, barely literate 18 year olds in a rural area cannot compete for jobs. Neither can they take advantage of the investments being made on the continent.

It seems the critical investment of this century will be how Africa’s children are equipped to prepare for the challenges and chances ahead. There is no time to waste."

We are definitely on the right track - investing into the future of Africa's children. Our continual investment is truly raising the future leaders of Sierra Leone.  Thank you so much fro your on-going support!

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Jun 6, 2011

Vocational Training Continues To Be a Definite Path to Independence and Financial Freedom

Sylvester + sewing training ladies Door of Hope
Sylvester + sewing training ladies Door of Hope

Warm greetings

I just returned 2 weeks ago from a trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone.  During the trip, I had the opportunity to meet with some of the ladies that are supported through this project (see photos).  It was so fulfilling to talk with them and to hear how the support that we are providing is making a difference in their lives.  Through the sewing machines that have been provided, partly through this project, they are learning how to sew and become independent. 

In this group and in Sierra Leone in general, vocational training continues to be in high demand.  This training provides a reliable means of livelihood and a path to financial independence.  For many of the beneficiaries in Sierra Leone, this is so very welcome as it provides a source of livelihood.  I recently ran into an article that emphasizes the importance of this training:

"Skill training is critical for sustainable industrialization and poverty reduction in terms of creating a critical mass of technically and entrepreneurial qualified people, who are able to stimulate investment opportunities, create jobs and increase productivity. A well educated and trained workforce is a prerequisite for harnessing the potential of competitiveness and industrialization."

The ladies asked me to bring back their deep appreciation to you for your current and future support.  This support is providing a vital lifeline - in more ways than we can imagine!  |

I came back encouraged and In high spirits.  It's a good feeling to know that together we are making the world a better place!  We are making a definite impact together.

I also came back determined to do more.  We can do so much more together.  We invite you to join us in doing more by signing up for a recurring donation today.  Thanks for your ongoing support!
 

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