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.
Oct 7, 2014

Meet Hawanatu. Future Banker

Hawanatu
Hawanatu

Hawanatu is a pupil of the Christ Evangelical Internal Secondary school and she wants to be a banker when she grows up. She is very clever and has won many prizes in her school in different subjects. She plans to be first in her class after exams and is currently third in her class. She enjoys running, singing, and dancing. Her favorite subjects are Mathematics and Religious Moral Education. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her duties at home are to wash dishes and fetch water. She is looking forward to learning how to cook.

Your support is helping Hawanatu, and girls like her, get the education she needs to accomplish her goal of becoming a banker. Your donations are providing her with school supplies.

Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Sierra Leone - with no projected re-opening date. This could be in the next month or so.  We do not know the date for sure - but we definitely want to be prepared as families need our support - more than ever before. Business has slowed down considerably.  The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive.

During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. We wanted to keep schooling current in their minds.  Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them.  You can watch a video where 2 kids say thank you towards the end of the video.  This starts at 1 minute 48 seconds into the video.

On Wednesday, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!

Your donation on October 15th will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for more girls like Hawanatu.  Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a great school year!

exercise books distributed to kids
exercise books distributed to kids
kids happy to receive exercise books
kids happy to receive exercise books
importance of education emphasized to kids
importance of education emphasized to kids

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Oct 1, 2014

Training Graduates Open New Business Bank Accounts

Thank YOU for your generous support. Because of YOU recent graduates of our project, Empowering Disadvantaged Women Vocational Training, have taken the first step toward starting small businesses.

Our partner, New Life Project Inc. helps empower young women by establishing them in their own business after the completion of the vocational training program. It gives us great joy to notify our sponsors that we opened bank accounts for our ladies to help them establish their own business. This is a stepping stone to accomplishing economic independence which will equally boast their self-esteem.

Our ladies are grateful for all the support they have received and the difference it is making in their lives. Having an account in their name for the first time is quite a big step to success. It has motivated them to pursue their dreams, develop their lives and equally support their family and society.

From heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for the generous support we’ve received.

Sep 23, 2014

Ebola Awareness Campaign - "Stop the Spread"

Christian, volunteer - Ebola Sensitization
Christian, volunteer - Ebola Sensitization

On September 4th 2014, a 2-pronged "Stop The Spread" Ebola Awareness Campaign took place in the Wellington Community of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Door-to-door sensitization took place with a public address system and distribution of soap and Dettol disinfectant to 400 families.

A total of two hundred families were targeted in the Wellington Hill side community of Upper Beccle Street and Upper Mellon Street respectively. Each family received a bottle of Dettol, gloves and soap. The amount of soap received depended on the family size. The people in our community appreciate your gift in this period of health emergency posed by the Ebola epidemic.

See Video from the Ebola Awaress Campaign

Three hundred and sixty (360) children were taught how to wash their hands properly with soap and water to prevent them from catching the Ebola virus. They were taught to avoid hand shaking to help stop the spread of Ebola. They were also reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. One thousand two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them, and every child was served food and drinks.

Impact: When some of the kids returned home, they told their parents what they had learned to prevent Ebola from spreading. A boy name Augustine Feika went home and when kids within his compound wanted to hold his hand, he told them “Help me stop the spread of Ebola – no hand shake.”

The distribution of Dettol to family heads and passers-by in the community started later in the afternoon. A total of four hundred (400) bottles of Dettol were distributed to two hundred family heads and two hundred individuals in the community.  A parent said “If this had been the step taken by the Honourables (Government  Representatives) in our community it would have helped a lot.”

Our very special appreciation goes to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and YOU, our GlobalGiving donors for helping to make this possible. The Wellington community appreciates your support during this trying time.


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Ebola Team distributes health supplies community
Ebola Team distributes health supplies community
Providing Ebola health supplies to community
Providing Ebola health supplies to community
Door to door, window to window distribution
Door to door, window to window distribution
Woman happy to receive health supplies
Woman happy to receive health supplies
Ensuring all in community have health supplies
Ensuring all in community have health supplies
Kids learning how to stay safe from Ebola
Kids learning how to stay safe from Ebola
Kids learning about Ebola
Kids learning about Ebola
Soap and better hygiene for all the kids
Soap and better hygiene for all the kids
Kid asks a question about Ebola
Kid asks a question about Ebola

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