Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

 
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Meet Isata
Meet Isata

Dear Project Supporters,

According to the Huffington Post, "The largest gender gaps are in west and central Africa, where 77 girls are enrolled in secondary school for every 100 boys." And, "During the Ebola crisis, with five million children not in school, it was girls who suffered most."Here's How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide

Meet Isata...

Isata is a child of a single parent. Isata was out of school, because her mother could not afford to pay for her schooling. Her mother is a hawker of charcoal and Isata works alongside her. They live in one of the slums of Freetown.

Now with the support and sponsorship provided by Develop Africa, Isata is enrolled in school and is now in class six. Though she still hawks charcoal after school to augment the family income, she does very well in school. She is always among the first five positions.

Isata and her mother are very grateful to Develop Africa for their support of her education. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Thank YOU, because of your continued support Isata and other girls like her can go to school to achieve their goals.

Best regards,

Develop Africa team

Isata receiving sponsorship grant
Isata receiving sponsorship grant
Isata with sponsorship grant
Isata with sponsorship grant
Isata with grant supplied radio equipment
Isata with grant supplied radio equipment

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Mariama
Mariama

Dear project supporters

It is with joy that we bring you an update on 2 girls that you have helped.  Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to provide full scholarships for these girls - Aminata and Mariama (pictured).  These girls were very happy to learn about the support that you provided.  They are now cheerfully going to school each day.  You have truly helped make a difference and brightened their day. 

Every month, thanks to your support, we continue to forward and give priority to the education of girls in Africa.  It will take years to change mindsets - but we are together helping to renew and reshape mindsets.

We are excited to let you know about a new project that we have started on GlobalGiving.  This project focuses on providing education and psycho-social support to teenage girls that became pregnant during the Ebola crisis

The plight of these pregnant teenage girls is moving as they were taken advantage of while schools were closed.  This new project is available here and we invite you help bring new hope to these girls.

Save the Date: On July 15, GlobalGiving will be holding a special matching campaign and would like to invite you to join our team in inviting others and spreading the word.  For more information, please send an email to Amy - amy@developafrica.org.  Thanks so much for your support.

With gratitude

The Develop Africa Team

Aminata
Aminata

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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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Elizabeth
Elizabeth

As a team, we feel really good about a recent victory that we accomplished with your support.

Elizabeth lost her mother when she was eleven years of age.  Her father, a farmer, was finding it difficult to buy seeds to sustain his small scale farming business. A tribal man from Moyamba learned of his predicament and wanted to exploit the situation. He opted to help her father with some seeds.  He asked in exchange that Elizabeth later be given in marriage to him.

When Elizabeth became 12 years old, the man showed up to remind the father of their arrangement concerning Elizabeth. Joshua, our local Director, happened to be around at that time.  He reports as follows:

I saw the father looking distressed and asked, “You are not usually like this, what is the matter?” 

The father opened up and told me about the problem he was facing. “I do not have money to cover Elizabeth's fees and related school expenses".  I am already in debt.  What should I do?”

I suggested to the father that he first take Elizabeth to her Aunt Kadiatu. As an organization, we proceeded to take care of Elizabeth fees / related expenses and paid for her school uniforms and school materials.  

Elizabeth is now 14 years old and in Form 3. No more talk of marrying at 14 years old.

Elizabeth wants to be a lawyer when she grows. She likes English Language and Social Studies. She is very friendly and respectful. She cooks very well and is very hospitable to her Aunty Kadiatu. She is a good listener. 

Child marriage is still an unfortunate reality in Africa!  According to the International Center For Research on Women, up to 44% of girls in Sierra Leone get married before the age of 18!  

Thanks to your support we were able to make a huge difference in Elizabeth's life.  Our intervention enabled her to escape from the unfortunate threat of child marriage. Now she is developing herself, furthering her education and will be better able to support her family in the future. 

Together we changed the course of Elizabeth's life.  Your involvement and support made this possible.  Thanks so much.  

Today is a good day!  The world is a better place - thanks to YOU!

Elizabeth is staying in school - no child marriage
Elizabeth is staying in school - no child marriage

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Hawanatu
Hawanatu

Hawanatu is a pupil of the Christ Evangelical Internal Secondary school and she wants to be a banker when she grows up. She is very clever and has won many prizes in her school in different subjects. She plans to be first in her class after exams and is currently third in her class. She enjoys running, singing, and dancing. Her favorite subjects are Mathematics and Religious Moral Education. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her duties at home are to wash dishes and fetch water. She is looking forward to learning how to cook.

Your support is helping Hawanatu, and girls like her, get the education she needs to accomplish her goal of becoming a banker. Your donations are providing her with school supplies.

Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Sierra Leone - with no projected re-opening date. This could be in the next month or so.  We do not know the date for sure - but we definitely want to be prepared as families need our support - more than ever before. Business has slowed down considerably.  The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive.

During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. We wanted to keep schooling current in their minds.  Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them.  You can watch a video where 2 kids say thank you towards the end of the video.  This starts at 1 minute 48 seconds into the video.

On Wednesday, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!

Your donation on October 15th will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for more girls like Hawanatu.  Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a great school year!

exercise books distributed to kids
exercise books distributed to kids
kids happy to receive exercise books
kids happy to receive exercise books
importance of education emphasized to kids
importance of education emphasized to kids

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Organization

Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
http://www.developafrica.org

Project Leader

Sylvester Renner

Founder
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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Map of Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone