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.
Aug 29, 2014

Healthy, Warm Meals = Real Hope

Pregnant woman enjoying a healthy meal
Pregnant woman enjoying a healthy meal

One of the adverse effects of the current epidemic in Sierra Leone is the higher cost of living. Families that depend on goods coming from the provinces for their livelihood are finding it very difficult to survive. Prices have increased dramatically and business has slowed down considerably.  

As the BBC reports: 

"The economy has been deflated by 30% because of Ebola," Sierra Leone's Agriculture Minister Joseph Sam Sesay told the BBC.

He said President Ernest Bai Koroma revealed this staggering and depressing news to ministers at a special cabinet meeting. "The agricultural sector is the most impacted in terms of Ebola because the majority of the people of Sierra Leone - about 66% - are farmers," he said. ...

"We are now coming into the planting season which means a lot of agriculture is not happening, so down the line that will create food shortages and pressures on food prices. We are starting to see a rise in inflation and pressure on the national currency as well as a shortage of foreign exchange," he said.

The Good News: We are together helping to address this situation by providing healthy meals and emergency assistance to people in dire straits.  By meeting their immediate short-term needs, they are better able to focus on getting their lives back on track.  There is truly nothing quite like a healthy, warm meal for people who are struggling to survive.

Thank so much for your support as we provide the needed food to keep people healthy and their spirits up.  Together we are bringing real hope!. 

youth enjoying a meal
youth enjoying a meal

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Aug 29, 2014

Increase In Computer Literate ICT Beneficiaries

delighted for the opportunity to learn
delighted for the opportunity to learn

Dear Friend,

Since our last report, the CAPEC ICT beneficiaries have put into practice the knowledge acquired during their five-month practical and theoretical training classes.

Thanks to your support, class three pupils were included in our computer training program at school. ICT is a part of the school curriculum for this grade level that slowly integrates them at an early stage into IT related skills. They have learned binding, photocopying, laminating and paper cutting. To complete their course, they were trained during the holiday period when the schools were closed in May.


Ten (10) additional beneficiaries are now computer literate; making it a total of 50 beneficiaries to date. They can now use the computer to write about their own personal stories and experiences, and to write letters. Class six pupils can also use email and Facebook to correspond with pen pals in schools abroad.


We have another group of volunteers from Italy who run the ICT program for the entire school session, including holidays. They have their own individual laptops, and have taught us new programs from them.


We have faced many challenges. Broken computer equipment required that we pair several children to 1 computer which was a bit difficult for the teacher. Student attendance and tardiness was also a factor. Some computer data was lost because of power outage during training. We hope to get a school generator as soon as funds are available.


The progress we have made could not have been possible without your much needed support. We, and the ICT program kids who are receiving this essential training and exposure, say Thank YOU! for YOUR valued support.

children happily learning
children happily learning
girl types a report about a field trip
girl types a report about a field trip
Aug 20, 2014

Urgently Needed Supplies DHL Shipped - Thanks to YOUR Support

Thanks GlobalGiving for making this possible!
Thanks GlobalGiving for making this possible!

Delighted to report that on Tuesday August 19th, we DHL air shipped a very large box stuffed with personal protective equipment for health workers - see photos.  These supplies should be in use within 10 days - all things being well.  

Because of YOUR support, guaranteed help will get there very soon.  Thanks sooooo much!

What we have together done in such a short period of time is amazing.   We are actively working, monitoring the situation and ensuring we provide targeted and effective help.  Thanks so much for caring and supporting our efforts to address the situation in West Africa.  

SOS: Help is still desperately needed as you can see from this link - World leaders 'failing to help' over Ebola outbreak in Africa.

Let's make Ebola history together!!

large box stuffed with protective equipment
large box stuffed with protective equipment
Goggles to keep eyes safe
Goggles to keep eyes safe
DHL pickup van and box with supplies you provided
DHL pickup van and box with supplies you provided
Your supplies loaded and ready to go
Your supplies loaded and ready to go

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