Relief and Poverty Alleviation Through Key Gifts

 
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Dear Project Supporters

Did you know that over 300 million children worldwide are without shoes?  Yes - foot wear is still needed globally and in Sierra Leone.  

Walking barefooted puts the feet of children at critical risk of serious sicknesses from parasites, such as hookworms and threadworms.  Their unprotected feet are additionally exposed to puncture wounds, scrapes, cuts and burns. These surface injuries are often inadequately treated, resulting in dangerous infections.

Together we were recently able to provide slippers for kids in the Door of Hope community.  This brought a big relief to members in the community.

Thanks to YOUR support, these precious children are now able to walk safe.  No more dangerous exposure to parasites and wounds.  The kids are now walking safe - proudly, happily and comfortably.  It's one less concern for the parents.

You earned one more victory.  You again helped to make the world a better place!  Thank YOU for helping to make this possible.

Best wishes

The Develop Africa Team

Simbo - with growth on his shoulder
Simbo - with growth on his shoulder

Simbo is a volunteer at Door of Hope Wellington, where he frequently assists with Develop Africa activities.  He has been involved in activities since 2011. He was for instance involved in our recent “Stop The Spread” Ebola Sensitization campaign.  He helps in the area of teaching at the After School Lesson Program and other needed activities.

Simbo is married and has 2 children. He loves to play soccer. About 7 months ago, he noticed a growth on his shoulder. He went for an operation and the growth was removed. 3 months after the surgery the growth returned. Now the situation looks worse. He has no money to undergo another operation this time around. 

Due to this growth, Simbo is in pain. He has not been active as before. He now has sleepless nights. 

Thanks to your support, we have provided the money that he needs for the surgery.  Surgery has been scheduled to take place in 2 weeks. From funds that you helped provide, he has been able to purchase some prescribed medication.  Thankfully, this has brought him some relief.

Simbo and his wife send their thanks and appreciation for the timely assistance that we together have provided.  We eagerly anticipate that this scheduled surgery will bring full resolution to this problem.

Thanks so much for your support that made this rescue and intervention possible.

Pregnant woman enjoying a healthy meal
Pregnant woman enjoying a healthy meal

One of the adverse effects of the current epidemic in Sierra Leone is the higher cost of living. Families that depend on goods coming from the provinces for their livelihood are finding it very difficult to survive. Prices have increased dramatically and business has slowed down considerably.  

As the BBC reports: 

"The economy has been deflated by 30% because of Ebola," Sierra Leone's Agriculture Minister Joseph Sam Sesay told the BBC.

He said President Ernest Bai Koroma revealed this staggering and depressing news to ministers at a special cabinet meeting. "The agricultural sector is the most impacted in terms of Ebola because the majority of the people of Sierra Leone - about 66% - are farmers," he said. ...

"We are now coming into the planting season which means a lot of agriculture is not happening, so down the line that will create food shortages and pressures on food prices. We are starting to see a rise in inflation and pressure on the national currency as well as a shortage of foreign exchange," he said.

The Good News: We are together helping to address this situation by providing healthy meals and emergency assistance to people in dire straits.  By meeting their immediate short-term needs, they are better able to focus on getting their lives back on track.  There is truly nothing quite like a healthy, warm meal for people who are struggling to survive.

Thank so much for your support as we provide the needed food to keep people healthy and their spirits up.  Together we are bringing real hope!. 

youth enjoying a meal
youth enjoying a meal

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Thank you for the soccer ball
Thank you for the soccer ball

All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. Did you remember learning this proverb / saying when you were growing up?

As you may know, Develop Africa focuses on empowering lives in Africa by providing the resources and support that they need to improve and better themselves.  Through your support, we have provided scholarships, mosquito nets, uniforms, school supplies etc. to thousands to children.  We motivate them on an on-going basis to do well at school.

That said we realize that life is more than progress in school.  There are many other things that are essential for children to learn as they grow.  The growth and development of children must be rounded and holistic.

With this in mind, we support a range of other activities on an on-going basis.  This includes the provision of exercise or sports equipment - such as soccer / volleyballs, skipping / jump ropes etc.  We recently provided a new set of these items and organized a number of competitions (with prize money for the winners) for the kids at Door of Hope. Our goal was to brighten the lives of the kids.

We believe that kids should have fun together.  Tremendous learning takes place in this atmosphere.  This offers several benefits including improved social interaction and understanding, better relationships with each other, focused skill learning, encouragement of competition etc.

Our sports competition event was a success.  The kids had a blast and were so very excited.

Watch Video - play time - sports activities and competitons


The photos and video show some of the activities - the skipping / jump rope competition and soccer penalty / goal scoring competition.  The videos show their energy.  Don’t you wish you were there?

The children truly had a lot of fun!  Thanks to your support we brightened their day and helped them become better, more rounded children.  Thank YOU for helping to be a part of enriching their lives.  Africa will have a brighter future - thanks to YOUR support!

Thank you for the volley ball
Thank you for the volley ball
soccer team play
soccer team play
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Goal! Boys penalty scoring competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
Girls skipping jump rope competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
prize giving - boys penalty scoring competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition
Prize giving -girls skipping jump rope competition

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Children eating at party
Children eating at party

We started off the year with a bang:  Instead of a Christmas party, this year we held a New Year's Party for the children at at the Upper Mellon Street, Upper Beccle Street and Upper Philip Street in the Wellington community. This party provided the children with a balanced meal - which they normally don't eat in their homes - due to the low income earned by their parents. The children were treated with dignity.  Each child received a bottled drink - considered a special treat.

The party also gave the children the opportunity to socialize in an atmosphere of peace and friendship. The atmosphere was one of peace and respect for each other. This occasion gave each kid the opportunity to relate well with one another. The children were taught that no matter their religion or ethnicity, they are all one family. This was expressed additionally by sharing food and dancing together.

The party further helped the children demonstrate their social and academic talents through dancing, reading and giving short speeches. Boldness to demonstrate talent is a key to success. This program provided the platform for such demonstration. 

Because of your support we were able to host this image-shaping party. What an investment in these precious children!  Thank you for helping to make this party possible!   

Events like these contribute to the shaping of the minds of these future leaders - helping them realize that they are special and valuable.  We would not have been able to do this without your support!

We hope you realize that you are very special to us and that the kids appreciate you!  Thank you and thank you and thank you!

Party time!
Party time!
Having fun!
Having fun!
Let
Let's dance
Thank you donors!
Thank you donors!
Celebration!
Celebration!

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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 Relief and Poverty Alleviation Through Key Gifts