We are excited to share with you a 2-paragraph message that we received from Freetown. This message warmed our hearts and confirmed again that we making a definite and positive difference. Without the support that we are providing, many of these children would drop out of school - due to the related costs being too much for the parents to carry. Here's the message: "Thanks be to God for Develop Africa and its donor partners who have brought hope and dignity to the lives of many children and their families. Sponsorships from your generous donations continue to help children in Sierra Leone to forge ahead with their education and prepare them for a brighter future. Indeed without your sponsorship, many of these children would never have darkened the walls of schools, whiles very few would barely have made it at primary level.Students and their families are deeply grateful to donors who have opened a door of hope for them. Indeed your sponsorship is a lifelong assistance to the children and Sierra Leone as a whole. May God richly bless you all as you strive to develop our children into useful citizens."This report includes 2 images - a scanned progress report card from Joy - one of the children we are sponsoring and a photo of some of the children that we are supporting. You can see from the grades and comments on the report card that she has done very well throughout the course of the year. This is something that we pay attention to and is a condition for scholarship renewal. We are encouraged to see that Joy is doing so well and she has a great future ahead of her.We are continually pumped and excited about being able to together help rising leaders like Joy forge ahead with their education. Our support is creating a definite and unchangeable bright future! It sure feels good to be a change maker! Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".Giving Tuesday: Have you ever heard about Giving Tuesday: #GivingTuesday will run on November 27, 2012 from 12:01 AM ET (what time in your city?) to 11:59 PM ET November 27, 2012. This year Microsoft is matching donations made to our microprojects - http://bit.ly/giveyouth by credit card or PayPal at 50% donations. This is a great way to invest in further change and help us provide more scholarships. Please join us and donate as early as you can on that date (after 12:01 am to ensure we secure matching funds. Thanks so much for your support and best wishes.
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