Provide Vital Vocational Trade Skills Training

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Feb 7, 2011

Ensuring the Effectiveness of Our Vocational / Skills Training

Sewing trainees
Sewing trainees

One of our concerns is ensuring that trainees benefit the most from the vocational / skill-trianing training we provide.  Late last year, we held a "training validation and assessment" to ensure the trainees are retaining the knowledge and experience.  Materials for the production of both male and female dress, soap making etc were provided by Develop Africa.

Tailoring and Dressmaking: Sixteen trainees participated in the training sessions. These are trainees who have gone through the training curriculum and are awaiting final examination for the award of certificates.  The training sessions took of the form of an examination of knowledge trainees may have gained during their tenure at the Training Centre and to ascertain the level of knowledge of skills acquired. Training instructors gave on the spot guidelines and supervision during the training sessions. Trainees demonstrated the level of knowledge so far acquired during their stay at the Centre in line with the national curriculum. Trainees were also able to demonstrate their preparedness for the final examination for the award of a National Diploma by the National Council for Technical and Vocational Training under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Hairdressing – Participants in this sector were exposed to new hairdressing skills that will equip with the required hairdressing skills to meet the demands of modern times. They were also exposed to hairdressing skills of yester years to further meet the demands of older women folks. Six trainees participated in the training sessions.

Soap making was a new skill that was introduced to the Centre using funds provided by DA. Five trainees participated in the training sessions. An expatriate on soap making was contracted to supervise the session. Trainees were exposed to basic skills in soap making and also other household detergents.

Thanks to Our Donors: Trainees expressed gratitude for the training received and pleaded for an extension of training duration and for such training to be conducted on a regular basis.

Thank you donors for making this and more possible.  We deeply appreciate you support.

On March 16th, GlobalGiving is hosting the first Bonus Day of the year.  During Bonus Days, GlobalGiving matches a percentage of your donation, up until a certain amount. This helps your donation go even further - helping us train more youths and young adults. We would appreciate you making your next donation on or before this day.  Please make a note and thank you for your support.

best wishes

More sewing trainees
More sewing trainees
Hair dressing trainees
Hair dressing trainees
additional hair dressing
additional hair dressing
Oct 13, 2010

Steady Progress, Successes and Opportunity to Extend Your Impact Through Matching Funds

Tailoring class
Tailoring class

It brings us great joy to share you with the progress and successes of this project.

The educational center, supported by this project, continues to cater for both educational and cultural needs of youths aged 14 to 35 years from the nearby communities of Wellington.   The center provides training for job skills in the following areas, computer literacy/operation, word processing, Gara Tie-Dying, Catering, Tailoring and hair dressing. It also provides an extensive interview training with participants, individually and in-group settings.


This year a total number of students that were enrolled sum up to sixty-three. Below is the breakdown:

1. Male       =   3
2. Female   =   60
3. Staff      =    10

i. Hair dressing =  21 students
ii. Tailoring  = 25 student
iii. Catering  = 5 students
iv. Gara tie dying = 12 students


Going through the program successfully, 20 students would be graduating from the center this April. After which, they would be sent to different places of work for their job training. Arrangements have already been made and the relevant authorities intimated.

Six former trainees from the center have been hired on as paid staff in some established businesses. Another ten of them have opened their shops and run by them. Thanks for the tool kits they all received.  Also two participants are now working at ARIK traveling and the Marine time agency have sent their letters of appreciation to the office for the impact the computer training had on them.


Thanks and Matching Opportunity
We would also like to take this opportunity to gratefully acknowledge and thank you for your support that has enabled us to accomplish the above.  We deeply appreciate your support.

We appreciate your on-going assistance as we forge ahead.  The current Matching opportunity on GlobalGiving provides a great opportunity to extend the impact of your donations where every donation made to this project, will be matched at the following scale:

$10 - $499   ->  30% match
$500 - $999  ->  40% match
$1,000 - $2,500   - >  50% match

The campaign will run until October 21st or until all matching funds ($100,000) are used. Donate now before the matching funds run out!

Thanks for your on-going support and best wishes

Jun 24, 2010

Training Summary and Progress Update

Sewing Class - Trainee Hard at Work
Sewing Class - Trainee Hard at Work


We are happy to send to you a training and progress update. The training center at Wellington, Freetown currently has 85 students enrolled. And from this number 45 are being trained in tailoring while the remaining 40 are also being trained in "gara tie and dying", hair dressing and catering. Adult education is compulsory for all.

The training lasts for two years. Depending on the performance of the trainee, the time may be extended. Meanwhile 30 graduated last year and this year only 20 trainees would have to graduate. Students are admitted on a rolling schedule.

At the completion of the course the trainees are placed / sent for on-the-job experience by the center. Representatives of the center visit these host organizations in order to track the progress of graduates. Because of the limited start up kits, not all of those who graduate are fortunate to have one. The rest however are allowed to do their own jobs in the school. The school facilities are made available after school, week ends and during holidays.

GlobalGiving Visit: On another note, on May 5th, trainees had the unique opportunity to meet Britt Lake, the Program Operations Manager of GlobalGiving. Britt spent a day visiting Develop Africa's projects in Sierra Leone. A picture of Britt with Margaret, the Center director is provided below.

Janet and the Sierra Leonean team were honored to host Britt. The visit involved a review and general monitoring of the different projects that Develop Africa has on GlobalGiving. We are happy to report that Britt was happy to see the progress being made and the work that we are doing with your support.

Thanks / Feedback / Upcoming Opportunity: We continue grateful to you for your support which means more to these youth and young adults than you would ever imagine. We would appreciate hearing from you and receiving additional support from you in the next month as continue to enroll new students. Thanks for your support.

cordially and best wishes


Britt and Margaret at Vocational Training Center
Britt and Margaret at Vocational Training Center
Dec 16, 2009

Instilled with a sense of participation and recognition

Vocational Training Graduates (JPG)
Vocational Training Graduates (JPG)

Here’s some news to brighten your day: Thanks in part to you – our GlobalGiving donors, 13 beneficiaries have completed their vocational training in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The included photo shows the graduates who completed their skills training in the following areas: Soap Making, Hairdressing, Sewing Tailoring, Gara Tie-dying and Batik, Adult Literacy. The graduates who have received this income-empowering training are now equipped and able to either start their own business or partner with an existing business.

Experts agree that providing skills training is a vital key to development as it provides a path to empowerment. This vocational training is essential and crucial as it empowers those active in the second economy and helps stimulate economic growth. This training has helped to unleash their potential. The training has helped to give them a voice and enabled them to support their families. Yeanor, one of the beneficiaries in her vote of thanks at the graduation ceremony expressed her gratitude to all donors who helped support the program. She confidently stated “We are no longer marginalized young women. We have been instilled with a sense of participation and recognition”.

These lives have been impacted and will never, ever be the same again. Thanks for helping effect this change and transform their lives.

Please let us know what you think of this update by providing feedback on our comments section. We welcome your on-going support and suggestions to help us impact many more lives.


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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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