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.
Jan 5, 2015

Alfred Completes The Race With a Respectable Time

Very competitive race
Very competitive race

The much awaited Standard Chartered international marathon in Nairobi was held on Sunday 26th October 2014 along the streets of Kenya’s capital city. The event which attracted more than 25,000 runners from all over the world was in its 12th edition since it began. The Standard Chartered Marathon event raises money for “Seeing is Believing” campaign.

Every year several underprivileged runners from Kenya use the event as a stepping stone to the international road racing events.  By so doing some of these runners secure themselves better opportunities in athletic careers. The event attracts several sponsors from around the world based on the fact that Kenya is known for long distance running. Those runners who are lucky to excel during the marathon event get sponsored immediately. However, competition in Kenya in long distance running is extremely high.

Alfred, one the underprivileged runners that we support together, participated in this year’s Standard Chartered Marathon in Nairobi. Like many others, he was hoping to finish among the top ten in order to secure a major sponsorship. However despite being with the leaders until the 38th Kilometer of the 42Km race, he fell back from the pack of leaders in the closing kilometers.  Being a hard working athlete who never gives up, Alfred managed to complete the race in a good time of 2hrs 24min. At high altitude, that was a very respectable time.

Thank you so much for supporting Alfred with registration, travel and accommodation finances during the marathon event. Alfred will be resuming training in about two weeks in readiness for other upcoming local road races in Kenya.  

With YOUR on-going support,we are confident that he and other runners that we support will even do better in upcoming races.nnThanks again for your support.

Huge crowd of runners
Huge crowd of runners
Jan 2, 2015

No More Talk of Child Marriage at 14 years Old

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

As a team, we feel really good about a recent victory that we accomplished with your support.

Elizabeth lost her mother when she was eleven years of age.  Her father, a farmer, was finding it difficult to buy seeds to sustain his small scale farming business. A tribal man from Moyamba learned of his predicament and wanted to exploit the situation. He opted to help her father with some seeds.  He asked in exchange that Elizabeth later be given in marriage to him.

When Elizabeth became 12 years old, the man showed up to remind the father of their arrangement concerning Elizabeth. Joshua, our local Director, happened to be around at that time.  He reports as follows:

I saw the father looking distressed and asked, “You are not usually like this, what is the matter?” 

The father opened up and told me about the problem he was facing. “I do not have money to cover Elizabeth's fees and related school expenses".  I am already in debt.  What should I do?”

I suggested to the father that he first take Elizabeth to her Aunt Kadiatu. As an organization, we proceeded to take care of Elizabeth fees / related expenses and paid for her school uniforms and school materials.  

Elizabeth is now 14 years old and in Form 3. No more talk of marrying at 14 years old.

Elizabeth wants to be a lawyer when she grows. She likes English Language and Social Studies. She is very friendly and respectful. She cooks very well and is very hospitable to her Aunty Kadiatu. She is a good listener. 

Child marriage is still an unfortunate reality in Africa!  According to the International Center For Research on Women, up to 44% of girls in Sierra Leone get married before the age of 18!  

Thanks to your support we were able to make a huge difference in Elizabeth's life.  Our intervention enabled her to escape from the unfortunate threat of child marriage. Now she is developing herself, furthering her education and will be better able to support her family in the future. 

Together we changed the course of Elizabeth's life.  Your involvement and support made this possible.  Thanks so much.  

Today is a good day!  The world is a better place - thanks to YOU!

Elizabeth is staying in school - no child marriage
Elizabeth is staying in school - no child marriage

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Dec 29, 2014

Gift of School Supplies Inspires Hopeful Students

Children inspired by your gift of school supplies
Children inspired by your gift of school supplies

As we mentioned in the last project report, due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Sierra Leone - with no projected re-opening date.  Along with the kids, we are eagerly awaiting the reopening of schools.  With this in mind, we are making advance preparations.   We definitely want to be prepared, as families need our support now more than ever before.

Thanks in part to YOUR support, the last consignment of supplies of 3 huge boxes is being distributed. In the included photos you can see a number of children with their back packs / school bags - full of school supplies. The students photographed, who are beneficiaries of our project in Freetown, were happy, motivated and inspired by the supplies they received.  This provision of the vital learning tools will equip them as they learn and develop to become the future leaders of Sierra Leone.  

Thank you so much for helping to make this a reality through YOUR support.  Your support is truly helping to raise the next generation of leaders and ensure a brighter future for Africa.

Children looking forward to returning to school
Children looking forward to returning to school
 
   

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