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.
May 19, 2014

All Work and No Play, Makes Jack a Dull Boy!

Thank you for the soccer ball
Thank you for the soccer ball

All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. Did you remember learning this proverb / saying when you were growing up?

As you may know, Develop Africa focuses on empowering lives in Africa by providing the resources and support that they need to improve and better themselves.  Through your support, we have provided scholarships, mosquito nets, uniforms, school supplies etc. to thousands to children.  We motivate them on an on-going basis to do well at school.

That said we realize that life is more than progress in school.  There are many other things that are essential for children to learn as they grow.  The growth and development of children must be rounded and holistic.

With this in mind, we support a range of other activities on an on-going basis.  This includes the provision of exercise or sports equipment - such as soccer / volleyballs, skipping / jump ropes etc.  We recently provided a new set of these items and organized a number of competitions (with prize money for the winners) for the kids at Door of Hope. Our goal was to brighten the lives of the kids.

We believe that kids should have fun together.  Tremendous learning takes place in this atmosphere.  This offers several benefits including improved social interaction and understanding, better relationships with each other, focused skill learning, encouragement of competition etc.

Our sports competition event was a success.  The kids had a blast and were so very excited.

Watch Video - play time - sports activities and competitons


The photos and video show some of the activities - the skipping / jump rope competition and soccer penalty / goal scoring competition.  The videos show their energy.  Don’t you wish you were there?

The children truly had a lot of fun!  Thanks to your support we brightened their day and helped them become better, more rounded children.  Thank YOU for helping to be a part of enriching their lives.  Africa will have a brighter future - thanks to YOUR support!

Thank you for the volley ball
Thank you for the volley ball
soccer team play
soccer team play
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition

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May 12, 2014

Great Future Ahead For Youths

Group of Youths at Door of Hope
Group of Youths at Door of Hope

As you may know, one of the areas that Develop Africa focuses on is providing the essential tools, training and resources that people in the developing world need to better themselves.  This project focuses on the specific area of providing computer training for youths - who otherwise have limited or no access to computers or training.

One of the deserving youths that we have been working with is Christiana.  She has received a scholarship through another GlobalGiving project and also is a leadership mentee.  She volunteers with Door of Hope and helps to mentor and encourage children in the community.  Christina would like to be a banker.  

Christiana is eagerly looking forward to the launching of the new computer lab that will be set up hopefully in the next year.  Currently, the floor for the lab has been completed – as you can see from the photo accompanying this report.  We have made tremendous strides over past year and YOU have been a huge part of making this progress happen.  Your support is helping to prepare a great future for the youths.  The building completion and floor tiling would not have happened without your support. Thanks again!

Save the date:  On Wednesday June 25, 2014, 12:00PM EDT - June 26, 2014 11:59AM EDT Microsoft will be matching donations to this project at 100%!  Your donation of $50 will be doubled to $100!  This is a wonderful opportunity to make your donation go further.  This will help us purchase the much-needed computer that Christiana and the other youths will use.  Thanks for helping to make the dream of computer training come true for the youths. We appreciate you!



  

future leaders of Sierra Leone
future leaders of Sierra Leone
Christiana
Christiana
tiled computer floor
tiled computer floor
May 6, 2014

Malaria is one of the most serious public health problems in Sierra Leone

bed nets providing protection from mosquitoes
bed nets providing protection from mosquitoes

Did you know that the 25 April is marked as World Malaria Day each year?  This is because the impact of malaria is still significant - and is an attempt to help focus attention to it.  Fortunately, since you are reading this, you are already aware of this problem and helping to make malaria history!

This year, a group did a study on the countries most affected by the mosquito-transmitted disease.  They found out that despite the fact that "malaria mortality rates have diminished by 42% since 2000, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths in 2012 only", according to the World Health Organization.  This is a significant number of deaths!  The study also observed the following:

  • Children and pregnant women are the worst affected, and over 80% of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa among children under five.
  • Malaria is one of the most serious public health problems in Sierra Leone, according to the WHO.
  • It is the most common cause of illness and death in the country, accounting for about 50% of outpatient visits and 38% of admissions.
  • Malaria-related illnesses contribute to 38% and 25% of child and all-ages mortality rates, respectively.
  • Sierra Leone's government has identified malaria as an illness of high priority, and various organs of the government, including the Ministry of Health, are undertaking all efforts possible to reduce the incidence of malaria, UNICEF said.

With all this confirms the vital necessity to do what we are doing together - providing the much needed nets to prevent the spread of this disease.  Thankfully, with YOUR support, we have provided thousands of nets over the past years - helping to save many lives from sickness and possible death.  

The beneficiaries that have received nets through your support - such as the ones pictures - are ever so grateful for the provision of these nets as it eliminates their exposure at the most crucial time of the day - when they are asleep at night.  Thanks to YOUR SUPPORT - many of the under 5 children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound.  All this would not have been possible without your support.

The facts clearly indicate that there are still many, many lives at risk.  YOUR HELP is essential and will make the difference between one or more lives being able to live through another month.  

At least 500 families are at risk - sleeping with no nets or with damaged, torn nets - in the Wellington community.  We need to provide each family with 2-3 nets. We need YOUR help. Can you help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today?  

Your donation of $10 will provide one net - helping us this essential protection to one more child.  Thanks so much for your support!  On behalf of the grateful families - THANK YOU!

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