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 15, 2014

Ebola Gets Real and Personal

Geraldine holds certificate ebola survivor
Geraldine holds certificate ebola survivor

Ebola is personal and real.  It has been a lot more in international news lately.  Ebola has been even more personal and real to the Develop Africa family.

We regret to inform you about the passing away of a few members of the Door of Hope / Develop Africa Community, in Wellington, Sierra Leone. Ruth Lamin, a nurse (pictured), contracted Ebola at work and passed away in September. She contracted the virus while trying to help a fellow worker in the hospital who was sick. She did not know that this sick worker had contracted the Ebola virus. A test for Ebola was done but the results came after she had already made an effort to save her colleague’s life.  Ruth was actively involved in our Ebola sensitization campaigns held in September. She was completely healthy with no symptoms when she was involved in DA's campaigns.  

Frank (Ruth’s husband), Elizabeth (Ruth’s sister) and Geraldine (Ruth oldest daughter) also got infected with Ebola (through Ruth) and were taken to the Hastings Ebola Treatment Centre.  Unfortunately, Frank and Elizabeth passed away shortly after.  The remaining children and their house were quarantined for 21 days. 

Since the parents were taken away in early September, we have been responsible for and taking care of this orphaned family – brother Sahr, sister Dorcas, cousin Emmanuel, Israel and Israela and two other dependent relatives that Ruth had been caring for. They are thankfully all in good health.  We also sent food items to Geraldine at the Ebola Treatment Center. We received on-going updates that she was doing better and better.

There have been several other deaths in the general community over the past 6 weeks. The people in the community are in a state of extreme fear as people very close to them are losing their lives to Ebola.  Per Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope: “The aftermath of this epidemic would be massive. Bread winners have been cut off from families. Children and dependent relatives are afraid of the future. Ruth was the main provider of her marital home and also for her relatives living in the Kono District in the Eastern Province of Sierra Leone. We need your prayers and assistance to help get rid of Ebola and afterwards support people affected to live a good life.”  

Good News: As Joshua reports: “The Lamin family was in our prayers. As God would have it Geraldine survived!  Geraldine was yesterday (Monday, October 13th) reunited with her family. Within a period of one month, Geraldine, Dorcas and Sahr became orphans.”  

Geraldine’s survival is one bright ray of light in this sad period.  Geraldine survived and beat Ebola! You can see a photo of her with her discharged certificate from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.   

We continue to be fully responsible for Geraldine and her family - providing them in addition with emotional and moral support as they integrate back into the community.  They extend their deep appreciation to YOU for your kind support (see photo with banner).

Shipping Update:  We have surface / ocean shipped 5 large boxes (3 of PPE for health workers, 2 of school supplies) to Sierra Leone.  These items should arrive in 6 weeks.

The work we are doing is more relevant and important than ever before. Ebola is real. It has personally touched us and we have experienced it.  

Today, 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!   This will help us provide more PPE for health workers.  Thanks so much for your support as we tacke Ebola!

Geraldine is declared Ebola negative
Geraldine is declared Ebola negative
Ruth, Develop Africa volunteer nurse, passes away
Ruth, Develop Africa volunteer nurse, passes away
Thanks GlobalGiving donors!
Thanks GlobalGiving donors!
Ebola-orphaned family and relatives
Ebola-orphaned family and relatives
5 boxes leave Tennessee - 3 with PPE
5 boxes leave Tennessee - 3 with PPE

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Oct 13, 2014

A Chance to Break Away From Poverty

Alfred and other runners stretching
Alfred and other runners stretching

Dear friends-

Your chances of winning a road race are greatly increased if you are able to break away from rest of the crowd or field.

This ability is crucial and this is what we are together offering to the runners that we are supporting. We are providing them with the extra edge, support and resources that they need to break away, excel and win.   .

The lives of several underprivileged runners are being changed one at a time because of YOUR support.  Because of your support, runners like Alfred are now able to train under favorable training conditions. This is giving them an extra boost.

Alfred is a happy underprivileged runner today because we have extended a helping hand in his athletic career. Alfred has since been able to train and compete locally in Kenya at different road races ranging from  the 10K to full marathon. He is currently preparing to take part in the great Standard Chartered Bank Marathon which will be taking place in Nairobi on October 26th.  Alfred will be competing in the full marathon race during the event.   We wish him the very best!

Alfred like most of the other underprivileged in Kenya will be using the Standard Chartered Bank Marathon event as an opportunity to secure himself a chance to break away from poverty. Alfred has shown potential of becoming a successful marathon runner given the necessary support. So far he has be able to run a personal best of 2 hours and 16 minutes in full marathon competition at high altitude venue.

Because of YOUR support, the lives of Alfred and many others like him will never be the same.  Thanks so much for your kind assistance!


Alfred and friends training / running in Kenya
Alfred and friends training / running in Kenya
stretching after training
stretching after training
Oct 9, 2014

Meet Emmanuel, Future Leader and Doctor

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

Meet Emmanuel.  Emmanuel is a pupil of the Vickray's Community primary school and he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He is already a leader and an example to the younger kids in his community.  Emmanuel likes to entertain and make people laugh.  He is also a good student. His favorite subject is mathematics and his favorite activity is soccer. He has one brother and one sister. His duties at home are to wash dishes, fetch water and tidy the house.

Your support helps Emmanuel, and kids like him, further their education.  This is helping them make the necessary and steady educational progress towards their future dreams.  Thanks to your support, Emmanuel is progressing towards his goal of becoming a doctor. Your donations also help provide his 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 - now more than ever before. Business has slowed down considerably in Sierra Leone and many business have shut down. The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive.  The immediate future is bleak.

During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance and benefits of getting an education. We did this in order to keep the concept of schooling current in their minds.  Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to the kids.  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!  This presents a great opportunity for your donation to go even further - with matching funds.

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

children happy to receive exercise books
children happy to receive exercise books
supplies distributed during campaign
supplies distributed during campaign
children reminded of importance of education
children reminded of importance of education

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