Provide Scholarships to Sierra Leonean Children

Jul 16, 2014

Margaret Goes to School and Kids Share Their Dreams

Margaret goes to school
Margaret goes to school

It's back to school season and we are excited about the opportunity to be able to help further the education of deserving kids in Sierra Leone.

We have an exciting video to share with you (Watch video - Margaret goes to school and kids share their dreams) where you can see 2 things:

1.  A video clip of Margaret, as she heads off to school in the morning.  YOUR support is helping to make her education possible.

2.  A clip where a number of kinds, including Margaret share their career dreams - what they would like to be when they grow up.  The video is insightful as it provides a quick peek into the lives of the kids and their aspirations.  

YOU can help make the dreams of these kids come true.  If you would like to be help make one of the dreams of these kids come true, we would love to talk with you.  

Today, July 16th is a special Bonus Matching Day and your donations to this project will be matched at 50%, up to $1000. 

  • Bonus Day begins at 9:00 am EDT on July 16th, 2014 (time in your city) and ends at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th, 2014.
  • There is $130,000 in matching funds available.
  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per project are eligible to be matched at 50% 

  Thanks so much for helping us to send the kids to school.  Together, we are making their dreams come true - one kid and one year at a time.


Apr 8, 2014

We are Together Reversing Statistics and Turning The Tide

Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles
Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles

News and statistics can be depressing!

Over the past week, our team did some research on girl statistics and found out that, according to the United Nations, there is a high dropout rate for girls (we already knew that) -  and their enrolment in secondary education is low with net a secondary school attendance rate of 33 % 

Only 1 in 3 girls!  That is depressing!

That speaks to us of so many lives with missed and lost opportunities!

Thankfully we are together helping to reverse these depressing statistics and turn the tide - one child at a time. YOU are a big part of making this happen and we are sooo grateful for your support.  

Here's some good news to cheer your day - Fatmata (pictured) is one of the young ladies that because of YOUR support now has new hope.  Thanks to your donation, Fatmata's dream of on-going education is a reality!  She is NOT part of the statistics!

Fatmata send her warm appreciation to YOU.  She now feels loved and confident when she goes to school. The funds we provided covered her fees / related school costs and paid for her after-school lessons.  This support has given her the impetus and renewed zeal to work hard towards her upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination. 

This news just made my day and we hope it makes your day too!

Looking for more good news?  In just over a month, you will have the opportunity to have your donation matched at 30% on Wednesday, May 7th.

  • 30% matching
  • Donations up to $1,000 matched
  • Matching begins at 9:00 am (EST) 

Please add this to your calendar and JOIN US in turning the Tide!


Dec 20, 2013

Hope For A Future Teacher


Happy Holidays!

We are delighted to send you this project report - sharing the story of Yealie's life - a life we have touched together.  Her story is a wonderful story that will warm your heart!

Yealie was born on 25th April, 2006 in a suburb of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. Yealie has six brothers.  Her mother is a housewife with no means of income. Her father is a petty trader but his meagre income is grossly insufficient to take care of the family. It is very difficult for Yealie’s family to get a meal a day. Their living condition is very poor. Three of her brothers were going to school and Yealie herself was at the verge of dropping out of school to hardship and financial constraints.  Thanks to YOUR support - she is in school and eagerly learning each day!

Yealie loves school and she aspires to become a teacher when she grows up.  Your support is helping to make her dream come true.  We are together touching her life and preparing her for the important role of Teacher - much needed in Sierra Leone today.  Thank you again very much for YOUR support - helping Yealie to continue her education. Your support is bringing hope and a promising future in Yealie's life.

Great Time to Give:  We are so grateful for your previous support that has helped us touch many lives like Yealie's.  We wanted to let you know of the great opportunity that GlobalGiving is offering right now.  

From now through December 31st, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor! To qualify for the match, you must give at least four consecutive months. 

In appreciation for your support, we will be featuring a list of all new recurring donors on our website.  We will also send to you a free Develop Africa coffee mug or T-shirt (you decide which one).   

Please sign up now - as this offer expires at the end of the year.  This would help us support many more kids that are on our waiting list.  Thank you for giving the priceless gift of education!

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Jul 24, 2013

How Well Are the Kids Doing in School? Excellently! - Thanks to YOUR Support


We are delighted to share a brief report and report cards from the field - from Joshua - one of our Directors in Sierra Leone.  In the following paragraph he explains how your support has made a huge difference. 

For over three years now, your interest in the children's education has yielded positive results. None of the two hundred and fifty children that attend the after-school lessons have had to repeat a class. The scholarships and after-school lessons coaching support that you helped provide made a lot of difference in their academics. We are very grateful to you for the books, school materials etc. that you have helped us with. We want to say thank you very much. God will bless you and your families. Some of the children can now read very well. Thanks so much for your kind assistance.

 Thanks to your involvement, the kids have not repeated a grade / class.  The coaching program helps the children with their homework and covers the basics that they need to know.  The scholarships also help ensure that they stay in school - covering critical tuition and related costs.

How Well Are the Kids Doing in School?  Excellently! - Thanks to YOUR Support.  Accompanying this report are two report cards showing how well the children are doing.  As you can see from their grades and comments, they are doing very well.  Comments include the following:

  • "Excellent work.  Keep it up"  (Israel)
  • "Excellent work"  (Margrette)

YOUR support truly made the difference - enabling us to support this worthy investment into the lives of these precious children!

How You Can Help Further:
It's back to school season and we are hoping to provide up to 500 scholarships for the children this year.  

Can you help make the education dream a reality for 1 child by donating $25 or more today?  

For each $100 scholarship that you help provide, we will email to you a personalized thank you note from the child benefitting from your support.  

This is an excellent way to boost education in Africa.  Please give today.  Thanks for your support!


Israel Report Card
Israel Report Card
Margrette's Report Card


Mar 20, 2013

I will grow up to be a great woman because I am going to school: Nurturing the seeds of greatness


Here's a feel-good project update from Janet - one of Directors in Freetown.  It summarizes the impact we are making together:

The scholarship beneficiaries and their families extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to all Develop Africa and Global Giving supporters for the God-given opportunity accorded the children to enroll and stay in school - so that they will realize their dreams of becoming professionals in their various aspirations. Indeed words cannot articulate enough their profound gratitude for the support towards their education.

Without the on-going support that you help provide many of the children would not have been in school. The funds disbursed to the children help their parents/guardians to buy uniforms, books, school bags, shoes, and pay school fees and charges, which generally prevents children from being enrolled into school or drop out of school.

Fatu M, one of the beneficiaries was delighted to receive a scholarship.  Her father fell ill last year, suffering from stroke paralysis. All their meager resources have been used to seek a cure for the father. The mother’s petty trading came to a halt and has used the capital to seek medical attention for her husband. She also had to temporarily stop the business to care for her husband, as they moved from place to place in search of cure. This misfortune has caused Fatu’s two brothers to drop out of school for now because their parents had no money to support their education.

Thanks for support received Fatu is going to school. She would have been in the same plight as their brothers if they had not received support from Develop Africa.  Fatu had this to say:

“I want to thank our sponsors and Develop Africa very much for helping me to continue with my education. I am so very grateful for the support. I will grow up to be a great woman because I am going to school. Thank you sponsors and Develop Africa. May God always bless you.”

When the going gets tough and you wonder whether it's worth it all - stop and think about Fatu - and how you are helping to keep her and many others in school. Your support is making a huge difference.   Together we are helping to support the education of determined girls like Fatu.  Together, we are helping to nurture the seeds of greatness within them.  This is priceless!

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

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Sylvester Renner

Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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