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.
Sep 6, 2016

Helping Kids to Stay in School and Enhancing Their Academic Progress While in School

Suad - improved grades at school
Suad - improved grades at school

Dear project partners,

Many kids in Sierra Leone are the first kids in their family history / generation to go to school.  These kids do not receive any educational support (with homework, educational counselling etc.) from their parents.

The UNDP summary of Sierra Leone states that ... "illiteracy remains a persistent challenge and youth that lack that skills and education find it extremely difficult to compete for the limited jobs available".  The article estimates the adult illiteracy rate at 41%.

On one hand, this is simply disheartening.  On the other hand, this presents to us an exciting opportunity to be able to bring meaningful change, one life at a time.  This excites us tremendously.

In July, I had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone and evaluate the economy, needs, mentality and our impact.  I found out that Sierra Leoneans are happy that the Ebola epidemic is behind them. In conversations with close to 100 people, I observed passion, the will to progress and a burning desire to enhance and improve themselves. Amongst other things, they specifically asked for support with microfinance and school fees. 

Covering school expenses is crucial as it removes the primary reason why kids drop out of school.  This is one of the best ways we can help Sierra Leone recover.  

Education continues to be one of the governmental priorities.  We are excited that we can together be part of boosting education and helping Sierra Leone recover.

Thanks to YOUR support, we also continue to offer coaching lessons at the After School Lesson Program.  This meets a vital need particularly for kids who are the first in her family to go to school.  

Suad (pictured) is one of the girls who attends regularly.  She is now almost 8 years old.  She is a pupil in the Vickrays Community Primary School and she is in class three. As a result of the lessons, Suad's performance in school has greatly improved. She has been attending this lesson for about seven months.  When asked what she learns from the most, she said she really benefits from the Social Studies lesson.

Our support is making a visible difference - helping kids to stay in school and enhancing their academic progress while in school.  

The new academic year starts this month.  We have over 50 kids on our waiting list.  

Please join us today in ensuring one more kid stays in school by donating $100.  Thanks for your support!

With very warm regards

Sylvester and the Develop Africa team

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Sep 6, 2016

How to Use a Bed Net - See a Mosquito Bed Net in Use

Bed Nets are saving lives
Bed Nets are saving lives

Dear Project Supporters,

Last week, we read an illuminating article discussing the eradication of malaria. The article reminds us that malaria is still a deadly disease, deserving of our attention:

Malaria, a mosquito-borne illness, is one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases. More than two hundred million people contract the disease each year, and more than four hundred thousand die from it. Once transmitted in nearly every country on earth, today the vast majority of infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly 70 percent of malaria deaths are in children under five.

Thanks to your support we are continuing to provide bed nets to new families that are in need.  I know it's hard to believe that a $10 bed net can save a life... but it does.  Each bed net, that we are able to provide to someone in need, is protecting them from malaria while they sleep.

Our goal is to continue to help save as many lives as possible till malaria is eradicated.

Let's Go Back Stage: Have you ever slept under a mosquito net?  If not we have a video for you - of a young lady, whose family just received a bed net, thanks to your generosity.  In the video, we get a look back stage, into her bedroom.  She shows us how to use a bed net, hanging from the ceiling. It is simple and yet powerful.

Please take a minute to watch the video-  https://youtu.be/iX3bqlj2IOw.

You have enabled us to provide bed nets to many families, but many more families are still in need of bed nets. Please continue to support this project and help us provide many more bed nets.

Thank you again for helping save lives.

With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa Team

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Aug 30, 2016

Sarah Excitedly Launches Her Small Business - Thanks to Microfinance Funds You Helped Provide

Sarah excitedly opens up the bag of powdered milk
Sarah excitedly opens up the bag of powdered milk

Dear project supporters,

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone.  During this visit, I talked to over 20 young ladies, one on one, at the Creating Pathways Centre. These school-going ladies became pregnant during the Ebola crisis and dropped out of school.  

The ladies told me a bit about themselves and each ended with an appeal.  Many of them requested funding assistance to start a small business.  The business goal is to help them take care of their kids or support their education.  They wanted help to get their lives back on track.

The appeals of these ladies deeply touched my heart.  I listened to story after story of these girls who were destitute and had fallen "between the cracks", so to speak.  They explained their gripping and precarious situation.  Their future looked bleak with no hope and no prospects.

I conveyed to them OUR passion and joint interest. I explained that I would present their situations to you.  I gave them a message of hope - that we would try to assist as many of them as possible.

These ladies are most deserving of our support.  Providing a loan of $100 to $200 would help many them get their lives back on track - and on the path to self-sufficiency.  

It would be phenomenal and life-changing if each one of us could decide to support one of these ladies - around 90 of them in total.  We will connect you with the specific lady that your donation supports. Would you consider doing this today?  

While in Freetown, I distributed microfinance funds to Sarah.  Sarah is married with 3 kids and her husband is currently unemployed.  As you can see in the photos that I took, Sarah, with the funds that I provided, purchased a large bag of powdered milk.  She repacked this into small plastic bags - to be retailed in the market.  These smaller packets of milk are affordable for families living from day to day.  From sales, she will earn enough to feed her family each day.

For Sarah, access to the funds, as in the case of the Ethiopian entrepreneurs, opened up a new door of opportunity. She was exuberant and extended her deep appreciation to YOU.

Thanks again for joining us in changing the course of history of one more family.  Today, Sarah and her family have food on the table, thanks to your support.

Excited about impact opportunities,

The Develop Africa Team

she shows us the open bag of powdered milk
she shows us the open bag of powdered milk
Sarah repacks the milk into small bags
Sarah repacks the milk into small bags
she show us the plastic bag
she show us the plastic bag
Sarah outside her small apartment
Sarah outside her small apartment

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