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.
Mar 29, 2011

Thanks to You - Evidence of Student Progress and Thank You Video Message From a Parent

Benjamin and his mother
Benjamin and his mother

Dear friends

I would like to share a few sentences from a relevant and moving article I found online. 

"What does failing to finish elementary school mean for the life and future of an 11-year old girl ...  What does it mean for every child? The answer is simple: almost everything."  As Anthony clearly states in his article online "Education is essential to every child’s ability to thrive, to become a productive adult, to contribute to society – and it is every child’s right."

This article is significant as it helps to highlight afresh the importance of education as a proven path to independence and productivity.  With the day-today responsibilities that we all face, its not impossible for us to loose focus on the significance of our joint investment in education.  Reading Anthony's article provided fresh fuel to me and I hope it does the same for you too.  By providing scholarships, we are covering a major chunk of the expenses involved.  We are making an indelible mark in the lives and destinies of the beneficiaries. 

In order to ensure that your funds invested into the education of these girls are not wasted, we follow up regularly with their academic and overall progress.  They are required to maintain good grades and maintain academic progress - in order to receive on-going support. They provide their academic report cards to us on a regular basis.  This has helped motivate them to work hard at school - to ensure they can maintain the scholarship.  The good grades and progress in school directly help their individual growth and development.

Below is a copy of Benjamin's academic report card.   Thanks to your support, as you can see, Benjamin is doing well in school and maintaining good grades.

Here is also thank you message to you our GlobalGiving donors from one of the parents - on behalf of other parents - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5N-uqPy1AM.  Your support is definitely making life less difficult for a good number of people!

We would like to encourage you to consider supporting this project monthly.  When you sign up for recurring donations, we can together make education attainable for a whole lot more.  This would help us do so much more. Thanks again for your on-going support!

Benjamin
Benjamin's report card

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Mar 29, 2011

Fruits From Your Support - See a Scholarship Beneficiary Report Card and Videos

Report card - Thomasia
Report card - Thomasia

Dear friends

Just a few days ago, on March 8th, the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  Most of us were not around 100 years ago - and those of us who were - do not remember very much of those days.  One thing is sure - we have come a very long way in terms of women's rights and fulfillment in 100 years.

We have come a long way not just in 100 years, but also in the last 20 years – which a good number of us can remember.  And to bring it closer home - not just in 20 years, but in the last couple years - since this project was added to GlobalGiving - and since you joined us in supporting girls in Africa.

In order to ensure that your funds invested into the education of these girls are not wasted, we follow up regularly with their academic and overall progress.  They are required to maintain good grades and maintain academic progress - in order to receive on-going support. They provide their academic report cards to us on a regular basis.  This has helped motivate them to work hard at school - to ensure they can maintain the scholarship.  The benefit to this is that good grades and progress in school directly helps their individual growth and development.

Linked below is a copy of Thomasia's academic report card.   Thanks to your support, as you can see, Thomasia is doing well in school and maintaining good grades - and you can see proof of it here. 

Here is a thank you video message from Thomasia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e75IGMYbJj8 (recorded last year) and a recent thank you message from one pf thr parents - on behalf of other parents - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5N-uqPy1AM.  Your support is definitely making life less difficult for a good number of people!

We would like to encourage you to consider supporting this project monthly.  By doing this, together with your support, we can make education attainable for a whole lot more.  Thanks for your on-going support!

Thomasia has something to smile about...
Thomasia has something to smile about...

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Feb 24, 2011

Computers Have Arrived, Room is Ready for Furniture and Network Wiring

lab photo 1
lab photo 1

Warm greetings!

We are delighted to report that the computers have arrived safely in Freetown and that the room is almost ready.  Come with us to the school at Fort Street in Freetown and see photos and a video - link to Youtube Video!  The video shows progress with the FAWE class lab - under construction.  Classroom has been painted and room is ready for furniture and network wiring.

We are in the process of purchasing furniture / equipping the room from funds provided through GlobalGiving and other donors.  We welcome your support as we finish this up and get the room ready. 

We wanted to take this opportunity to inform you about three upcoming GobalGiving Bonus Days this year. During these days your donations will be matched up to a certain percentage.  This would be a great opportunity to make your donation go ever further...

  • March 16th
  • June 15th
  • October 19th

Also, have you considered signing up for recurring donations?  This is an excellent way to maximize your impact and enable us to do so much more.  Looking for a unique gift for yourself or someone else? Give a recurring donation as a gift. GlobalGiving will send a tribute card to the gift recipient.

Thanks so much for your on-going support.

ready for furniture and wiring
ready for furniture and wiring

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