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.
Feb 5, 2016

2016 is Off to a Great Start!

Enjoying a delicious meal
Enjoying a delicious meal

Dear Project supporters

2016 is off to a great start at the Dream Home!  Hope your year is off to a great start too!

Your kids were very happy to see the start of a new year.  As is the common tradition in Sierra Leone, they attended a New Year's Eve service at a local church.  

On the 9th of January the children had the opportunity to go for a special lunch at the Francesca Restaurant.  This was followed by visit to a small amusement park called Family Kingdom - courtesy of a member of the local management team.  The kids had a lot of time to play at the Family Kingdom children's playground.  It was a day of fun, surprise and excitement.

In the 2nd week of January, school reopened for a new academic year. The kids were happy to be in their new uniforms, shoes with new bags - thanks to YOUR support. The National Primary School Examinations results were finally published. Osman and Aaron made it to Junior Secondary School.

Joshua Sandy has volunteered to teach 2 of the children from the home (Mabinty and Fatmata) who will be taking the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) this academic year.

The children have received all their text books and are highly motivated to study.  We are ensuring that they make progress academically.  

Thanks so much for your support that is helping to provide a stable environment where they can be a kid, play and learn.  

We deeply appreciate your support!


The Develop Africa Team



special food and fellowship time
special food and fellowship time
Bus ride
Bus ride
fun time on swings
fun time on swings
Happy times - sliding down...
Happy times - sliding down...
great memories
great memories
trampoline fun
trampoline fun
Jan 29, 2016

Ladies Excitedly Start Computer Training

Ladies excitedly learning how to use a mouse
Ladies excitedly learning how to use a mouse

Dear project supporters

The new year is off to a great start and we have started computer training for the girls. 

On Monday January 18th, classes started with an Introduction to Windows 10 video, system basics and practice sessions on learning to use a mouse and keyboard.  This was the first exposure to using a computer for most of them.  They were very excited with this opportunity.  

We plan to set up additional computers in a 2nd room and offer several sessions weekly - so all the ladies will have a hands-on learning experience.  

We are deeply grateful for your support that is helping us provide this training.  Access to this training will provide the ladies with the foundation that they need for their future careers.

The Develop Africa team

watching an introductory video to Windows 10
watching an introductory video to Windows 10
eager to learn
eager to learn
Learning systems Basics - Windows 10
Learning systems Basics - Windows 10
Ladies attentively watching video tutoriala
Ladies attentively watching video tutoriala
learning computer history and system basics
learning computer history and system basics
Focused computer learning
Focused computer learning

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Jan 28, 2016

Congratulations! 4 Set of Computer Training Graduates

Training of Trainers - one of FAWE teachers
Training of Trainers - one of FAWE teachers

Congratulations!  We have together helped to provide training for girls since November 2011.  This means 4 different set of graduates have benefited from this technology initiative.

The girls have learned a variety of tasks including the following: 

  • Computer components / system basics
  • Word processing and text formatting
  • Researching online
  • Making identity cards

A new school year started a couple weeks ago and the girls were very happy to resume classes.  The girls have been steadily learning through the classes we continue to offer.  Lessons take place 3 times a week and include practical sessions.

Since we started offering classes over 4 years ago, the classes have been taught by an outside instructor, on contract.  Last year, we started offering classes (twice a week) to the school teachers, as they expressed a desire to learn as well.  This semester, we are continuing training of the Teachers to ensure they are fully competent.  At the end of this training, the teachers will take over and be responsible for the computer instruction.  Additionally, this is a great professional development benefit for the teachers.  

We will continue to provide technical and operational support and explore opportunities with the teachers to further expand the training we are offering to the girls.  With your support, we also hope this year to replace computers and upgrade the office software.

Behind the Scenes: Most of the original computers and the furniture have been in use since the inception of the lab. Over the years we have replaced components on 8 computers (memory, motherboards etc.)  We have also had to repair desks / chairs and replace chairs.  Currently the lens in the project shows a red display when it is on for a long time (see photos).  

We are so very excited about this opportunity to help prepare these girls for future positions of leadership.  We would appreciate your help in purchasing a replacement projector.  Thanks for your support!

Teacher training
Teacher training
red discoloration - projector
red discoloration - projector
Teachers being trained
Teachers being trained
Teacher happily learning
Teacher happily learning
Girls learning - practice sesssions
Girls learning - practice sesssions
Troubleshooting projector
Troubleshooting projector
Projector
Projector

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