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 29, 2013

Together We Are Spreading Health, Safety and Educational Progress

Solar D-Light helps Edward study at night
Solar D-Light helps Edward study at night

How impactful are your donations!  Do they really mean a lot to the beneficiaries?  For Edward, the answer is "Yes, YOUR donations mean a lot".  Here's some more about why this is so. 
  
Edward attends the United Mission Community Primary School. He is in class six. He is preparing to take the National Primary School Examination.  Edward was chosen as the worthy beneficiary of a Solar D.Light S 300 because he has been coming First place in class since he was in class two.  He lives with his grandparent who cannot afford to buy a kerosene lantern for him to study his notes at night.   He is very hard working. When he grows he will like to be a lawyer.  The parents are so grateful to you for considering their son worthy to receive the light you sent.
  
The light that we sent - see photo - is so much better than the local alternative - a kerosene lamp.  Kerosene lamps only provide a little light - so you have to sit very close to them.  Children study under the toxic fumes which cause headaches.  Besides this, the poor lighting is a strain to the eyes and long term is detrimental to vision. Furthermore, fires resulting from accidents with these lanterns (fuel spillage, lamps leaking, falling etc.) have caused destruction and loss of life and property.  The hazards of kerosene lanterns are further discussed in the linked articles.
 
Thanks to YOU, the hazards of studying with kerosene lanterns are no longer a concern for Edward.  Through your gift, you have provided health, safety and educational progress.  This is priceless!
 
Can you join us in bringing health, safety and educational progress to many more children?  We would love to provide this to hundreds of children in the community.  Here's how you can help:

1.  Donate $50 - which will provide one Solar Light - D.Light S 300

Or

2.  Purchase a D.Light S 300 solar light from the manufacturer and ship this directly to us.  Our shipping address is available here.  Feel free to email us directly with any questions at info - at - developafrica.org.
  
Thanks so much for joining us in spreading health, safety and educational progress!

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Apr 29, 2013

On The Runway - Well Almost - Trainees Show Styles Sewn

happy trainees demos dress
happy trainees demos dress

It's with joy that we share another report with photos where trainees show off a number of the styles that they have sewn. The completed dresses / outfits demonstrate that they have been successful in learning and applying skills.  This is true evidence of progress! You can see the happiness and looks of accomplishment in their faces. 

View sewing styles display - completed items


The ladies are very excited about the skills they are developing.  People within the community have started given trainees small sewing contracts.  These sewing jobs are helping them to raise money to meet some domestic needs. This is excellent and they are already reaping the benefits

You helped make this happen and we are deeply grateful to you for your kind supportYOU are helping to bring about skill development and true progress.  What better feeling than that of helping someone improve them self and learn a livelihood!  The support that we have been providing is helping to compensate the four tutors and provide the training materials / equipment needed.

Your support has made the difference and exception for these women.  You shared love through your donation.  You made this happen!  Thanks so much for helping to bring a brighter future to these deserving ladies!

We welcome your on-going support that will support further training.  We would like to purchase a Singer professional machine costing $650.  This will aid the ladies in further improving their skills.  Could you help us purchase this by making a special donation today of $25.00 or more?  The ladies will be thrilled and so appreciative.  Thanks for your support!

 

 

Group of trainees holding completed items
Group of trainees holding completed items
On the runway - well ... almost
On the runway - well ... almost
Yes - all by myself!
Yes - all by myself!

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Apr 24, 2013

Thanks For Helping to Provide Providing a Well Rounded Education

Visit to Airforce Base
Visit to Airforce Base

Dear friends and supporters,

It excites us to bring you an update on what your support has helped us do over the past months.  Thanks to your kind assistance, we were involved in a lot of activities, including the National youth day, tree planting exercise, bilingualism week and an excursion of the kids to the Yaoundé Airport.

The BLIS family joined other youths nationwide to celebrate the 47th edition of the National Youth Day on Saturday the 11th February 2013 under the theme: “Youth, Civic Responsibility and Participation in the Development Process”. In the Republic of Cameroon the 11th February is a public holiday reserved for the youths to express their concern in any domain of national life. This usually takes the form of a March pass, dancing and singing competition among schools. It was BLIS’ 4th official outing during the 11th February Youth Day Celebration.

Bilingualism day this year was celebrated on the 1st of February 2013 under the theme “Bilingualism, a cornerstone for Professionalisation for an emerging Cameroon”.  The Headmaster, Mr Akuri Lucien and some teachers (Mme TasiIrine, Mr Chi Eric and Mr Nkok Mathias) organized a successful Bilingualism week at school with all the pupils of Bilingualism Club.  To spice up the day, there was a youth day song presented by our counter parts from Noula Nursery and Primary School Awae. We thank Mme Leonie and her Colleague Mme Comfort who seized the opportunity to celebrate this Bilingualism week with us at Bitame Lucia.
 
On the 8th of February 2013, as part of the youth week activities, the class 4, 5 and 6 pupils visited the Nsimalen International Airport. During the 90 minutes guided tour the kids discovered how huge aircrafts are. The children learned how the airport staff supports passengers from the beginning to the end of their journey. These stages were explained with respect to both local and international trips. The students were able to ask many questions during the visit and toured different areas of the airport. They watched how a Camair-co plane from Douala landed and how it took off from the airport. They pupils had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Capt. Felix Ongwa of Camair-Co, who answered several questions asked by the pupils.  It was a very educative experience for the kids and they chatted about all the exciting things they had seen and heard.

Your support helped to provide the backbone for these activities covering related costs. Thank you so much for helping to provide a well-rounded educational experience for the children.  Without your support all this would not have been possible and we are so very grateful for your kind assistance.

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You can help Develop Africa enrich the educational experience of many more children with a special gift today.   Thanks for helping make a difference!

YOU are the reason we are all so grateful!

Visit to Yaounde Airport
Visit to Yaounde Airport
Kids at National Youth Day
Kids at National Youth Day

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