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!.
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 competitonsThe 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!
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!
What's the value of a good night's sleep? It's priceless! Sleep as we know is essential for productivity and growth. It recharges and renews us daily. Not getting enough sleep is no fun - and the sleep industry is an industry worth billions of dollars.For many children in Africa, the lack of adequate sleep is a different story. It's simply a function of not having a comfortable bed to lie on. Not medication, temperature or firmness. Just no mattress. Period.Foday and Daniel in Freetown were in this situation - previously sleeping on a mat - on the cold floor. Their parents could not afford to provide them with a mattress or a bed. Sleeping on the mat was no fun and most nights they did not sleep too well. This had an adverse effect on their schooling - as they would be tired at school - due to not having had a restful night. At school, they were not focusing or paying attention as they should. This is one of our concerns as we optimize the learning of children.As this website states "Getting enough sleep is important for people of any age, but it's especially crucial for children if they are going to perform well in school".
Then YOU intervened. Through your donations we were able to provide a mattress. They were delighted to hear that we had provided a quality mattress for them - pictured. The sign that they hold reads - "Sleep is now sweet - thank you"
Through a new mattress - we have provided the priceless gift of sweet sleep. Simple by so very effective!
Thank YOU for helping to provide this mattress!
The simple things in life - like sleep - are truly priceless.
Foday and Daniel are already reaping the benefits such as better focus and increased learning at school. We anticipate that this will continue to positively impact their education.Thank you for helping to make a simple but transforming difference! We welcome your on-going support as there are hundreds of other kids sleeping on floor mats. Your donation of $25 or more today will help us continue to provide more mattresses. Thanks for your support.
How impactful are your donations! Do they really mean a lot to the beneficiaries? For Edward, the answer is "Yes, YOUR donations mean a lot". Here's some more about why this is so. Edward attends the United Mission Community Primary School. He is in class six. He is preparing to take the National Primary School Examination. Edward was chosen as the worthy beneficiary of a Solar D.Light S 300 because he has been coming First place in class since he was in class two. He lives with his grandparent who cannot afford to buy a kerosene lantern for him to study his notes at night. He is very hard working. When he grows he will like to be a lawyer. The parents are so grateful to you for considering their son worthy to receive the light you sent. The light that we sent - see photo - is so much better than the local alternative - a kerosene lamp. Kerosene lamps only provide a little light - so you have to sit very close to them. Children study under the toxic fumes which cause headaches. Besides this, the poor lighting is a strain to the eyes and long term is detrimental to vision. Furthermore, fires resulting from accidents with these lanterns (fuel spillage, lamps leaking, falling etc.) have caused destruction and loss of life and property. The hazards of kerosene lanterns are further discussed in the linked articles. Thanks to YOU, the hazards of studying with kerosene lanterns are no longer a concern for Edward. Through your gift, you have provided health, safety and educational progress. This is priceless! Can you join us in bringing health, safety and educational progress to many more children? We would love to provide this to hundreds of children in the community. Here's how you can help:1. Donate $50 - which will provide one Solar Light - D.Light S 300Or2. Purchase a D.Light S 300 solar light from the manufacturer and ship this directly to us. Our shipping address is available here. Feel free to email us directly with any questions at info - at - developafrica.org. Thanks so much for joining us in spreading health, safety and educational progress!
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