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.
Feb 23, 2015

Did You Know Uniforms Could Restore Confidence?

Hassanatu with her new uniform
Hassanatu with her new uniform

Did you know uniforms could restore confidence?

Did you realize that some children in Africa do not have confidence to go to school because they do not have uniforms?  

Well, this is what was happening in Hassantu's life.  Hassanatu needed a boost in confidence and her parents were not in a position financially to provide the needed uniforms.  Our kids need all the support that they can get in our turbulent, unstable society. 

Thanks to the training that you have supported, one of our trainees at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute sewed uniforms for Hassanatu.  In YouTube video, we see the trainee taking sewing measurements.  We also see her confidently setting off to school.  

Your support helped develop or cultivate the trainee's skill.  The trainee then put her skills to use and sewed the needed uniforms.  The shiny, new uniforms restored Hassanatu's confidence.  Your support yielded a double harvest!

Thanks to YOU, Hassanatu can now go to school and learn confidently.   Thanks for making the difference!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

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Feb 23, 2015

We Will Not Our Girls Down!

Augusta
Augusta

Dear Project Supporters,

Because of YOU, we are so super happy to report that in the last 2 months or so, 10 girls / young ladies have received full scholarships. Thanks to your specific investment into their lives, these girls are now eagerly looking forward to restarting school - when school reopens at the end of March.  This is so amazing and we are so grateful for your support!

Meet Augusta.  Augusta is an additional young lady who has received support through your donations. Your donations have provided for all her school-related costs.   Augusta loves school and would like to be an accountant someday.  Augusta comes from a poor family background. Both parents are illiterate and are not gainfully employed. Her mother is housewife while her father works at the Quay. His income is grossly inadequate to take care of Augusta and her siblings.

In the photo, you can see Augusta holding a radio and batteries she received earlier so she could listen to the radio broadcasts by the Ministry of Education.  She is likewise eagerly looking forward to reopening of school.  YOUR support is making her education dreams come true.

The African Union Summit just ended a few weeks ago in January,  According to a Huffington Post summary: "Due to weak gender policies, lack of credible evaluation and measurement, implementation and monitoring, vaguely imported programs and the willingness to act, African governments are letting women and girls down" - Africa's Poor Policies Letting Women and Girls Down

Because of this dire situation, hundreds of girls are still at risk of dropping out of school or not attending school at all. We are determined to keep working together till every child that desires to go to school has the opportunity to do so.  No girl or child should be let down or left behind. 

Your continued support will help us provide many more girls with full scholarships - so they can attend school - fully equipped.   Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

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Feb 18, 2015

Caring For Ebola Orphans

4 Ebola Orphans
4 Ebola Orphans

Dear Project Supporters,

A silent and huge repercussion of the Ebola crisis is the emergence of Ebola orphans.  Ebola orphans are defined as children below the age of 18 who, due to the Ebola epidemic, have lost the primary earner or bread-winner in the family. In many homes, both parents have passed away due to Ebola.

Over the past 3-4 months, through YOUR support, we have been taking care of several Ebola orphans - 4 of them pictured.  Thanks to your support, we are providing on-going food, maintenance, counselling, rehabilitation and support.

From a long term perspective, Ebola orphans are dealing with the emotional loss of losing their parents and or siblings, insecurity, displacement, uncertainty about their future and abandonment, to name a few. A failure to reach out and help these orphans could result in them ending up in crime, teenage pregnancy / marriage, prostitution and other undesirable situations. Orphan girls who are left to fend for themselves could eventually go into early marriage.  Some could end up as prostitutes. The orphan boys could become petty thieves or robbers.

The critical need that these orphans are facing right now is stable, on-going housing.  In response to this need, we have undertaken the onus of providing an orphanage / home for these deserving children. it is our goal to provide a caring home where these orphans will be able to dream again

Good News: Thanks to a grant that we just received from GlobalGiving, we have been able to do the following:

1.  Pay 1 year's rent for a rental property containing 6 rooms (3 small apartments). This property is conveniently located in the Wellington community.  The included photos give you a "before" glimpse into what the building looked like in December.

2.  Start extensive renovations on the property to ensure that is safe and sound for the kids.

This property will provide an excellent start and foundation for these orphans.  It will provide them with a place they can feel secure and cared for; a place they can call home.

We are hoping to launch this home / orphanage by the end of April - assuming everything stays on target with the renovation.  We will keep you updated on progress. Thank you for being a part in significant and this exciting journey.

Would you be interested in helping to provide clothing and other essential supplies for these orphans?  Please let us know and we will provide more information.  We also welcome your on-going support in taking full care of these orphans.

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team  

front view - orphanage building
front view - orphanage building
Building seen on hill side
Building seen on hill side
side and back view - Ebola Orphanage
side and back view - Ebola Orphanage

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