Develop Africa, Inc.

The mission of Develop Africa is to facilitate and establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building, empowerment and transformational education. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. Our focus is on impacting and changing lives.
Aug 11, 2016

Site Visit by Develop Africa: We are Truly Empowering the Disadvantaged

Sylvester at tailoring school
Sylvester at tailoring school

Dear project supporters

In this report, we present a summary of Sylvester's visit to the tailoring school.

Sylvester returned last Friday (August 6th) from a 2 week visit to Sierra Leone.  While there, he visited the tailoring school that we support.  This school is located at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute, in Wellington, a suburb of Freetown.  

Sylvester had the opportunity to talk with the tutors and trainees. Alhaji (the head tutor) and trainees were very appreciative of the support we are providing.  They enthusiastically conveyed their deep appreciation to you for your on-going support.  

The centre, from Sylvester's evaluation, is successfully continuing to fulfill its mission of empowering the disadvantaged.  It provides training opportunities for those who are no longer going to school / have dropped out of school.  The school is fulfilling a vital role - enabling them to learn tailoring.  It is helping them to become self-reliant.

Mothers whose husbands are unable to take care of them, those idling around the community, vulnerable women, girls and boys that need help - are all benefitting from the training. 17 students are currently enrolled as follows:

  • 4 single parents
  • 6 school dropouts
  • 7 married women - whose husbands are unemployed

Sylvester had the opportunity to review procedures and make improvement recommendations.

The tutors and trainees requested for us to provide toolkits to graduates. A toolkit contains a sewing machine and accessories to start a tailoring business (such as scissors, coal iron, coal bag, tape measure, table etc.).  This would help graduates to start their own business. It would be wonderful if we could provide one for each graduate at a cost of $500.

Thanks for your kind assistance - empowering the disadvantaged in Freetown. We truly could NOT do this without you - we are deeply grateful for your support.

Cordially

The Develop Africa Team

Sylvester - discussion with tailoring trainer
Sylvester - discussion with tailoring trainer
Sylvester - observing at tailoring school
Sylvester - observing at tailoring school
Aug 1, 2016

See your Impact - a solar light in use

This family is so grateful for your generosity
This family is so grateful for your generosity

Dear project partners

We are so very excited about the opportunity that this project brings - to empower lives through solar power and technology.

Technology holds a vital key in that it can be used positively to open doors of opportunity. Technology can solve or alleviate real life and everyday problems.  

For many thousands in the developing world, power cuts and "black outs" are part of life - happening every week. Many thousands of other homes are not connected to the electrical grid. These homes do not have any power at all and they depend on fossil fuels and consumable energy sources to light their homes. 

Technology is the game changer that is touching and making a difference in the lives of these kids. Through our solar light gifts, kids are now able to read and do homework safely at night.  

Please watch the following linked video showing children studying with the use of the solar lights.  The families were so thankful to receive these solar lights- https://youtu.be/tZlCpG2YWJA.

Thank you again for partnering with us to bring solar power to the families in need.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

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Jul 25, 2016

Reviewing housing options

Dear project partners

We have spent the past couple months reviewing options and possibilities.  The current options that we are considering are as follows:

1. Improve the current facilities - arrange with the landlord to add a couple more rooms, better toilet facilities etc.

2. Build / buy a house

3.  Rent / lease a house

Here are some updates.

Build or buy a house:  we have reviewed 3 houses that are available for sale and we found them to be on the expensive site - as high at $400,000.

Rent / lease a house: There are several houses that are available in this regard and we have looked at 2 of them.  One of the houses that appear to be ideal is located in an area of town called Juba.  Photos are included in this report.  In the next month we will be furthering discussions with the landlord to see if we could arrive at a reasonable price.  We also plan to continue to view other houses that are available for lease.

With your kind assistance, we hope to make progress in this regard in the next 1-2 months.  Thanks for your support.

Cordially

The Develop Africa Team

 
   

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