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.
Jan 16, 2013

Reshaping Destinies - Christmas Activities

competition participant
competition participant

Dear Friends and Supporters

Happy New Year 2013!

As you may realize, effective growth, change or development requires a mindset change.  In order to change one’s personal, national or organizational status there must necessarily be a “change in the thinking and processing pattern of the mind.”  This is a key component of change that we are always cognizant of. 

Thanks to your support, we helped sponsor a Christmas event at Door of Hope for about four hundred children within the Upper Mellon Street, Upper Beccle Street and Philip Street community in the Wellington municipality. Funds provided food, drinks and also prizes to winning contestant. 

It was a time when the children were able to learn in a friendly atmosphere. Activities included a quiz competition for primary and Junior Secondary School pupils, a dancing competition and teaching sessions on "How to turn plans to tangible pictures" and "The Power of Education" The activity promoted love, unity and motivated children to be responsible and well informed to make their dreams come true. 

It helped children to see themselves as equals and also to accept and help other children to achieve their dreams.  It further helped give children a sense of direction in life.  The event encouraged parents to pay attention to development of their children.  It also brought hope to the community. 

See more photos of the event

We sincerely thank you for all your support 2012 and we welcome your on-going support in 2013.

Food time
Food time

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Jan 16, 2013

Agents for Change on Behalf of Children

Group photo
Group photo

Dear Friends and Supporters

Happy New Year 2013!!

At CAPEC we seek to be agents for change on behalf of children. Change, in many forms has certainly been the by-word for year ending 2012.  CAPEC as its beneficiaries has witnessed many changes and development in the lives of the children we serve. Though it has been a very challenging year, it has been extremely rewarding for CAPEC.  You all have shown phenomenal support despite a troubled economy that continues to affect us all. Your steadfast commitment has helped CAPEC remain one of the leading Children’s organisations in Cameroon. We are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support.

For the last three months, the school and children have been involved in lots of educational programs and projects such as:

-Christmas Party
-UK/Kenya delegation visit
-Inauguration for a new classroom built by the US Embassy,Cameroon

The Management of CAPEC, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and staff of Bitame Lucia School organized a successful Christmas party for all the kids at School. The kids were all given gifts place under the Christmas tree and a special lunch in school. We thank Patrick Jurgen from Germany who posed as Santa Claus. Activities associated with this program were the singing of Christmas Carols, drama; reading of poems and performance of ballet dance by class four etc. We ended the occasion with a group picture.

Our school was also privileged to host some Kenya and UK teachers who visited under the Connecting Classroom Project. While in school, they taught in different classroom, planted trees, and we had launch with them.  On our part, we presented drama and a welcome song.

On Tuesday November 20, 2012, Political Officer Luke Ortega took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate a classroom constructed under the Ambassador’s Special Self Help (SSH) Program. The classroom will serve orphans and children from low-income families enrolled in the Bitame Lucia Primary School, Nkolfoulou village, on the outskirts of Yaounde. (http://yaounde.usembassy.gov/lns_112012.html)

We sincerely thank you for all your support over 2012 and we look forward to your on-going support in 2013.

Classroom dedication
Classroom dedication
Santa!
Santa!
Classroom dedication 2
Classroom dedication 2

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Jan 8, 2013

Their Future is Going to be Bright - Thanks to Your Support

Gara-Tie-Dyeing - in action
Gara-Tie-Dyeing - in action

Almost two years ago we started this institute and the impact is ever shining in the lives of the women at the Upper Beccle Street, Mellon Street and other hilly areas in the Wellington community.  The Develop Africa Empowerment Training Center is now offering training in tailoring and Gara-tie-dyeing. 

Training has been effective as the trainees can now sew some styles from catalog. Baby Dress Making, Straight Skirt, Trousers, fitting with round skirt, Midi with satin in front, Balloon style with six pieces skirt, including cluster draw thread Midi are still done by the new trainees.  The number of trainees has increased to twenty seven due to the introduction of the Gara-tie-dye.

The trainees are multi-skilled with knowledge in tailoring and Gara-tie-dyeing. This will help them to start their own clothing business once they have completed their training.

The first set of trainees will be graduating this December.  Some of the women that have been trained are now sewing clothes for their families.  As one of the women put it, “If I can sew your shirt well, why not save the money you want to give other tailors and use this to help feed the home?”

We are currently in the process of finishing four additional rooms that will house the Tailoring Institute and also eventually incorporate other life skills training such as Hair Dressing, Gara tie dying, Catering and Computer Studies, Business Management, Basic Computer Training and Adult Literacy. The building is at its completion stage. The floors in all the rooms have been tiled, the ceiling in the entire building have been completed.

Your support has provided a life-line to the married women, drop out girls and other ladies that have embraced this change. They know have the confidence that their future is going to be bright.  Thanks so much for your on-going support.

Here are our goals for this year - 2013

1)  Finish construction of the building.
2)  Increase incentives given to the teachers need to be increased.
3)  Provide sewing kits for fifteen trainees that will graduate this December. This will help them start their own business

We estimate that we will need about $16,000 to acomplish the above goals and would deeply appreciate your support.  We welcome your support and donation today as we make the future bright for these deserving women. 

Progress with Gara-Tie-Dyeing
Progress with Gara-Tie-Dyeing
Dye time!
Dye time!
bright and beautiful!
bright and beautiful!
Amazing color
Amazing color
end product - beautiful Gara
end product - beautiful Gara

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