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 18, 2015

Caring For Ebola Orphans

4 Ebola Orphans
4 Ebola Orphans

Dear Project Supporters,

A silent and huge repercussion of the Ebola crisis is the emergence of Ebola orphans.  Ebola orphans are defined as children below the age of 18 who, due to the Ebola epidemic, have lost the primary earner or bread-winner in the family. In many homes, both parents have passed away due to Ebola.

Over the past 3-4 months, through YOUR support, we have been taking care of several Ebola orphans - 4 of them pictured.  Thanks to your support, we are providing on-going food, maintenance, counselling, rehabilitation and support.

From a long term perspective, Ebola orphans are dealing with the emotional loss of losing their parents and or siblings, insecurity, displacement, uncertainty about their future and abandonment, to name a few. A failure to reach out and help these orphans could result in them ending up in crime, teenage pregnancy / marriage, prostitution and other undesirable situations. Orphan girls who are left to fend for themselves could eventually go into early marriage.  Some could end up as prostitutes. The orphan boys could become petty thieves or robbers.

The critical need that these orphans are facing right now is stable, on-going housing.  In response to this need, we have undertaken the onus of providing an orphanage / home for these deserving children. it is our goal to provide a caring home where these orphans will be able to dream again

Good News: Thanks to a grant that we just received from GlobalGiving, we have been able to do the following:

1.  Pay 1 year's rent for a rental property containing 6 rooms (3 small apartments). This property is conveniently located in the Wellington community.  The included photos give you a "before" glimpse into what the building looked like in December.

2.  Start extensive renovations on the property to ensure that is safe and sound for the kids.

This property will provide an excellent start and foundation for these orphans.  It will provide them with a place they can feel secure and cared for; a place they can call home.

We are hoping to launch this home / orphanage by the end of April - assuming everything stays on target with the renovation.  We will keep you updated on progress. Thank you for being a part in significant and this exciting journey.

Would you be interested in helping to provide clothing and other essential supplies for these orphans?  Please let us know and we will provide more information.  We also welcome your on-going support in taking full care of these orphans.

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team  

front view - orphanage building
front view - orphanage building
Building seen on hill side
Building seen on hill side
side and back view - Ebola Orphanage
side and back view - Ebola Orphanage

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Feb 10, 2015

Over 70 Mosquito Nets Distributed to Save Lives

Kadima and Haja
Kadima and Haja

Dear Project Supporters,

Because of YOU, well over 70 project beneficiaries received new insecticide-treated mosquito nets to fight against malaria in Sierra Leone since our last report.

Over the past 9 months or so, a lot of effort and focus has been placed on addressing the Ebola epidemic.  This has diverted efforts to control malaria in the region. Because some of the symptoms of both diseases (such as fever) are similar, many infected people have been misdiagnosed. Their deaths could have been prevented had they taken the simple precaution provided by the use of bed nets.

According to MSF, "More than 3,000 deaths and 10,000 cases suggest it is Ebola, but the right answer is malaria.   In 2013, there were more than 1.7 million cases of malaria in Sierra Leone, a small country in West Africa with a population of six million. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 4,326 people died of the disease (malaria) that year.

Meet Kadima and Haja - recent mosquito net recipients (pictured).  Haja and Kadima live in a family house at Mellon Street in the Wellington community.  Haja is the mother of Kadima. They had been yearning for a bed net for a long time. They were very happy to receive bed nets to help them sleep better - and be protected against mosquito bites and malaria.  Your support made this possible.

Haja asked us to pass on her gratitude to YOU for the very welcome and timely gift. She said - “I have been worried about my child’s health due to mosquito bites - especially so in this Ebola crisis. That stress has been lifted due to the provision of bed nets. I really want to thank you.” She further said "sleep has been different now for me and my daughter".

Thanks to YOU, many of the under-5 year old children who are most at risk are now able to sleep safe and sound.

However, hundreds of families are still at risk sleeping with no nets or with damaged nets in the Wellington community. We need to provide each family with 2-3 nets. Your continued support will help us provide this life-preserving gift to them today!  Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

Family bed net recipients
Family bed net recipients
Hundreds more need bed nets
Hundreds more need bed nets

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Feb 4, 2015

A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

Girls playing at FAWE school
Girls playing at FAWE school

We so happy to report that schools in Sierra Leone will tentatively reopen in March after being closed for eight months due to the Ebola outbreak. Students have been off from school for nearly a year.

The tide is turning against the Ebola crisis. The World Health Organization recently reported that Ebola cases are rapidly decreasing. The number of new cases has declined steadily over the past 6 weeks.  The outbreak has been the worst on record, with Sierra Leone being the most affected.

When school reopens, we will be resuming our computer classes.  We are eager to restart training and we know the girls are eager to get back in school.  More than ever before, we must support our girls as we work together to build a new and better Sierra Leone.

Your support will help give our girls a better technology foundation - which will help open the road to a better future for the girls, their community and the nation. Your involvement will help make this happen.

Do you know any Latin: Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin aphorism, usually translated as "A sound mind in a sound body."  We have been encouraging the total development of our girls and we represented you at the sports competition for the girls - which took place last year.  

The video will give you a view into another part of their world and you will see glimpses of the National Stadium in Brookfields, Freetown. Watch our girls - full of energy and having fun! 

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Thanks so much for your on-going support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!

sports competition - at National Stadium
sports competition - at National Stadium
playing musical chairs
playing musical chairs

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