Empower Girls, Provide Computer Training

 
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Jun 11, 2013

Girls, If Given The Opportunity, Will Excel and Bonus Matching Offer - June 12th

Head teacher and computer quiz competition winner
Head teacher and computer quiz competition winner

Great news: We have a thank you video message for YOU from the Mrs. Jojo, Head Teacher, at the FAWE school. This video was recorded at the end of a computer quiz competition. 

In this video she expresses her sincere appreciation to Develop Africa Donors (YOU included) that have helped make the lab and training possible. She explains that the school is very grateful for the on-going training that YOU help to provide.  It is your on-going support that makes this possible.  Without your support, this would not be on-going.  

She explains that the provision of computers and training is a dream come true - because the children are less-privileged. FAWE is delighted to be able to boast of having a computer lab.  She tells us that this does not exist in other institutions.  She states that the completed quiz competition demonstrated that girls, if given the opportunity, will excel.  Age does not count as the youngest girl came first.  She says "Bravo" to all donors and invites more support.

Watch the Video

Mark your calendars: On June 12th - online donations to this project will be matched at 50%.  This means that your donation of $50 will become $75 - helping to provide more training for these precious girls.  YOUR donation will give additional opportunities to these girls to excel.  This is a great way to make your donation go even further.  Could you help us secure these additional funds by making your donation on June 12th - as early in the day as possible to ensure we secure the matching funds?  Thanks again for your support.

Thanks again for helping to give additional opportunities to these girls to excel... and for making their dreams come true!

 

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Feb 25, 2013

A Billion Times Thank You for Changing our Lives

Thank you GlobalGiving
Thank you GlobalGiving

Warm greetings.

Here's some good news to warm your heart (if you are in a cold climate) or make you feel "cool" and special (if you are in a warm climate).  School is in session and the computer classes that you help sponsor are in full swing.  The girls and school officials are so very appreciative of your support.  Providing this training has been image-breaking and image-shaping for these girls. 

The training has been image-breaking from the perspective that this is helping to break off scarcity, poverty and limited thinking. Receiving this training has lifted the limits, their sights and helped them the girls dream bigger.  It is image-shaping from the perspective that the consciousness of these girls has been lifted higher.  They now realize that they are valuable. They realize that you care enough to consistently support their education.  They are now taking their education more seriously than ever before.  They now realize that their future can and will be bright and better.  They are now thinking possibilities instead of limited or no options. 

This change and shift that we are effecting together is priceless! We deeply value your support!

This report includes a number of photos of the girls cheerfully holding up thank you signs.  Please know that your support is deeply appreciated.  As one of the sign read: "A Billion Times - Thank You for Changing Our Lives". Thanks so very much!

The best way to help us continue this impact is to sign up for a recurring donation.  Please help us continue this impact by signing up today.  Thanks for your support!

Group holding thank you signs
Group holding thank you signs
Proudly and happily saying thank you!
Proudly and happily saying thank you!
Thanks a billion times for changing our lives
Thanks a billion times for changing our lives
Thanks
Thanks
all smiles
all smiles

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Nov 3, 2012

Our Computer Trainee Show Us How to Format Text - Proof of Training Effectiveness

Josephine - computer trainee
Josephine - computer trainee

At what age did you learn how to format text - making it bold, change the size and color? We are delighted to share with you a video from the Develop Africa computer lab where one of the girls - Josephine, walks us through what she has learned - how to open a document and format text.  She proudly shows us what has she has absorbed, skillfully demonstrating her knowledge.

Background information about Josephine: Josephine is a pupil at the FAWE primary school.  Her favorite subject is English Language and her hobby is reading novels. She wants to be a banker when she grows.  Her father is deceased and she has four sisters, three brothers. One of her uncles is a baker and the main provider of the home with monthly income of $100 - not enough to cover the basic needs of the home. Josephine wanted to become computer literate as this will help prepare her for her chosen career as a banker.

Josephine is currently thirteen years old.  While you may know of children her age that are more proficient than her, we are humbled and delighted to be able to provide this training to her.  Considering that there are many children and youths in Africa that are not able to do what she demos, we are over-joyed that she has already mastered this. Such training is in high demand in Africa.

Josephine's Expertise: Josephine has not only learned this how to do this - but she is also able to walk us through this effortlessly and effectively!  She is clearly very competent at this.  "Thank you for the demo and Congratulations Josephine!"

Together, as donors and supporters, we have laid a solid computer proficiency foundation in the lives of Josephine and many others.  We are deeply grateful for your on-going support that enables us to do this and so much more.  Thanks so much!

Helps Us Train More Girls: As the calendar year draws to a close we would like to invite you to make a special gift towards expanding our training sessions.  This would enable us to train many more girls like Josephine.  Imagine the impact we are creating on the next generation!  We also have the opportunity to open another lab at a community center and welcome your support.  Please also consider signing up for a recurring donation of $10, $25 or more. This would help us do so much more.  Thanks for your support!

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Jul 30, 2012

Our Lab is One of The Best Computer Labs - If Not The Best in The Entire Country!

girls at building dedication
girls at building dedication

We are delighted to provide this report - updating you on the training and the girls in Freetown.

The formal opening of the building (including the computer lab and the library) took place on March 28th 2012.  The German Ambassador in Sierra Leone was the guest of honor and he declared the building open.  Funds for the construction of the building were provided by / through the German Embassy in Sierra Leone.

The German Ambassador said at the ceremony that he believes that this lab is the best computer lab in the entire country of Sierra Leone.  He said the lab is awesome and better than that of NEC, which the German Embassy supported. He expressed ''lots of thanks and appreciation to GlobalGiving and Develop Africa for their support''.  We are so very thankful to you - as you have helped to make this lab one of the best computer labs - if not the best in the entire country!

The building also includes a complete library of books that is augmenting and supporting learning at the school.  Develop Africa has contributed books towards this library and we plan to continue doing so. 

Regarding training, the semester ended in June and we had a closing quiz competition.  We will provide some more information on this including a video in the next report.  In August, we are planning to restart computer classes. 

We are excited about this on-going opportunity to transform the lives of these girls.  Together we are preparing them for relevance in our increasingly digital society and for employment / owning their own businesses.  We appreciate your on-going support towards this.  Please make your best donation today towards this.  Thanks for your support!

adjacent library
adjacent library
ribbon cutting
ribbon cutting
girls learning in computer lab
girls learning in computer lab
screen on dedication day
screen on dedication day
part of high table at dedication
part of high table at dedication
Apr 24, 2012

You Are a Smile Maker, Report from Tutor and Thank you Message From 3 Gems

Just having fun!
Just having fun!

Warm greetings.

Here's an update on the classes: Classes are progressing well at the school.  This report includes an update from the Computer Class Tutor - Maada M. and 3 brief video thank you messages for the girls - true gems, expressing their appreciation for your support that has opened this door of opportunity for them.



Summary Report from Maada, Computer Tutor

 

Course Topics:

  1. Definition of a computer
  2. Parts of The Computer system (Keyboard, mouse, monitor, system unit)
  3. Classification of computers by Size (desktop, laptop, palm top etc)
  4. Characteristics of computers (speed, accuracy, size, storage)
  5. Advantages and of Disadvantages of computers
  6. Uses of computers (Home, Education, Government, Hospital etc.)
  7. Definition of software (Ubuntu)
  8. Desktop elements and their function (computer, document, trash)
  9. Creating folder, renaming and deleting folders.
  10. Changing background
  11. Changing date and time
  12. How to use (play)  utility games
  13. Working with Open Office Programs (Microsoft Office)
  14. Elements of the Open Office Program (title bar, menu bar tool bars, work environment)
  15. Creating a file in open office word processor
  16. Editing a documents in open office (use of spelling and grammar)
  17. Formatting a document in open office (use of Bold, italic, bullet & numbers, line space, underline etc.)
  18. Reproducing simple office documents like; letters, memos, invoice etc.
  19. Introduction to Excel (Spreadsheet)

 

General Performance:

From the assessment / test done, I am proud to say that the general performance of the pupils is good. A test was conducted on 23rd and 25th of January 2012 for the class 6 pupils. From the test results, 18 of the pupils scored 80%, 25 scored 50-79%, and 11 scored below 50%. It is hoped the pupils will improve on this record in the next assessment which will be done in April.

 
Concluding Remark
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The whole exercise is very encouraging because the literacy in computer studies is allaying the fears of the pupils and because of the basic computer skills they have acquired they can now operate a computer. This will widen their horizon as they grow up and be able to appreciate the essence of computers not only in school but in other environments. It has also aroused their interest and got them to realize the importance of computer studies.



Here is a link to a Youtube Video where 3 of the Girls say "Thank you" for this opportunity"

What we are doing together is amazing and its heart-warming to see and hear the messages of appreciation from the girls.  W are truly changing mindsets together and opening a new world of opportunity for these girls.  All thanks to YOU!.  Thanks donors and friends for joining us in showing girls (as aptly said by Bintu in the video) that we love and care for them!  We deeply appreciate your support!

In closing, I would like to share a new phrase with you - "Smile Maker" : A "Smile Maker" by my definition is someone that makes others smile or helps to create an environment that results in smiles.  As you can see from the photos and video clips, the girls are smiling and very appreciative of your support. That makes you a "Smile Maker"!

We welcome your donation today that will help us provide on-going training, window curtains and ceiling fans or an air conditioner. 

Thanks again for your support and best wishes!

Joy - Thanks to you - "Smile Makers"
Joy - Thanks to you - "Smile Makers"
Delighted to be learning...
Delighted to be learning...
So very glad for this training!
So very glad for this training!

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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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