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.
Mar 13, 2014

We are Together Redressing Inequities in Women's Education

Maada replacing a broken power supply
Maada replacing a broken power supply

We all love to have our computers in peak running condition.  It can be so frustrating when you are not able to use your computer at all or not able to access the internet.

As with all equipment, the computers at the FAWE lab need to be maintained - to ensure they are in peak condition for training / use by the girls.  In these photos, you can see Maada, our technician, performing software and hardware maintenance.   He has done an excellent job in keeping all our equipment functional over the past almost 3 years.

Over the past months, we have replaced power supplies and memory. This first week of March 2014, we shipped out 2 replacement computers for this lab at the FAWE school lab.  

Thanks so much for your kind and gracious support that helped provide the 2 additional computers.  We are so thankful that we are together able to provide this on-going training free to the girls at the FAWE school. 

As you may know, last Saturday (March 8th) was International Women's day. On this global day, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. At this time each year, we celebrate women's success and are reminded of inequities that need to be redressed. 

Through this project, you are helping to address the education inequities for women. Your support is furthering the education of girls and preparing them for a great future.  You can see a visual of the impact that we are together making in the included UNICEF infographic.  As the graphic illustrates, the impact of educating girls is far-reaching!  

YOU can help us continue to prepare these budding women by making a donation today.  Your donation of $50 today will proverb 8 hours of computer training.  Thanks so much for your support!


Testing all computers
Testing all computers
Peak performance for training is our goal
Peak performance for training is our goal
Invest in Girls education
Invest in Girls education
Mar 10, 2014

Belts and Caps For Change - Super Heart-Warming

Belts and hat
Belts and hat

Do you know what is super heart-warming?  When you see people give out their need?

This is exactly what the ladies at the
 Tailoring school at Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute have done.  Last year, they embarked on a Caps and Belts Project.  The ladies at the institute sewed 200 caps and 200 belts to raise funds to feed less privileged children within the community and also to teach children and youth ‘Anger Management’ and a passion for living a dignified life.   You can see photos of some of the belts and caps included in this report and also here -  The caps and belts were made using a Kente-style design.  

Last Saturday, March 8th, was International Women's day - and we are delighted that you are supporting women in Africa.  Through your support, 6 ladies at our institute graduated in December.  There are 
currently 18 trainees and 2 tutors.  YOUR support makes it possible for us to provide the on-going training that they need.  Through your support, we are able to pay the tutors and purchase the sewing supplies that they use on a daily basis.  

What do you think of the venture?  Do you like the belts and hats? We would love to hear you thoughts.  Feel free to send us an email or post a comment on album with the photos on our Facebook page here.

It's also super heart-warming when YOU give towards this project.  We trust that you feel good inside when you make a gift - helping to bring real change.  We deeply appreciate your support.  It warms our hearts and means so much to us.  

In honor of International Women's Day - we invite you to give a gift of $25 that will help us continue to provide this training.  Join us in celebrating women worldwide and continuing to empower them.  Thanks so much for your support!

Ladies with belts and hats
Ladies with belts and hats
youths with belts and hats
youths with belts and hats
Kids too - with belts and caps
Kids too - with belts and caps
close-up view of belt
close-up view of belt
close-up view of hat
close-up view of hat

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Mar 10, 2014

Our Targeted Relief Brings Shouts of Joy

Bags to pack their clothes
Bags to pack their clothes

One of the joys of serving people is being able to see the impact of the relief that we bring to them.  Last year, thanks through the continued support of a faithful Develop Africa supporter, we were able to help meet the specific needs of a special family in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The home of the family had been affected by past storm.  The family came up with the need for bedding, bags to put their clothes, need for food and payment of school fees for the three girls.  We were able to meet their specific needs and also give a sum of money to the father.  

Joshua, the local Coordinator reports - "I was so thrilled by the shouts of joy when the news was broken to them and also when the items were received".   You can see the appreciation on their faces in the included photos.

It’s indeed a joy for us to be able to help this and other families.  We welcome your support as we provide more relief where it is needed most – when families have lost everything.


Testing out the new mattress
Testing out the new mattress
happy family with shouts of joy
happy family with shouts of joy
delighted girls and lady
delighted girls and lady

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