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.
Jun 25, 2014

Meet Marion - A Life About to Be Changed Through Bonus Day - June 25th

network cabinet
network cabinet

Imagine living with ZERO or limited access to computers! 

This is what life is like for Marion (pictured) and hundreds of other disadvantaged youths in the Wellington community in Freetown.

Marion just completed her West African Senior Secondary School Examination and is awaiting her results to hopefully start university. She would like to become a lawyer.  She wants to become computer proficient as this will help her both when in college and also when practicing law.  

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day, YOU can help Marion become computer proficient. YOU can help make her dreams and those of hundreds of other youths come true.  Access to this computer lab and the Internet will open up a world of learning, growth and self-advancement opportunities for the beneficiaries. 

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, YOUR donation of any amount up to $1000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, allowing for an even bigger impact on the youth we serve together!  Together we will create a new future for Marion and the other youths.

Please save the date / time and join us in helping to open a new portal of learning.

Also included in this report are photos of the network cabinet and complete wiring in the computer lab. Over the past 2 weeks we completed wiring of the computer lab for a local area network. It's wonderful to see the room falling into place - almost ready for the computers that YOU will hopefully help provide. Thanks so much for your help! 

With much excitement and gratitude...

wiring of local network is complete
wiring of local network is complete
Marion - youth looking forward to the computer lab
Marion - youth looking forward to the computer lab
Ansumana, Alfred and Marion
Ansumana, Alfred and Marion

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Jun 25, 2014

#KeepOurGirlsInSchool - See Holstina in School

Holstina in class
Holstina in class
Holstina is nine years old and has three sisters.  Her father Amidu is a mason / building contractor. Her mother, Winifred  is a petty trader, selling assorted food items. The family lives in a single-bedroom apartment with no running water or electricity. Sometimes, Holstina is sent to stay with relatives to ease the financial burden on her family and for her own safety, as one of her uncles is mentally ill. When this happens, Holstina misses out on much-needed parental love. 

Despite her circumstances, however, Holstina is a very promising young girl, is very friendly, and is respectful. She likes to read and is also interested in public speaking. She is in Class 5 and her favorite subject is Mathematics. Her best game is a local game called balance ball. When she grows up, Holstina would like to be a banker.

Your donations play a key role - helping to keep future Banker - Holstina in school. As UNICEF reports, Girls access to education is improving in Sierra Leone. Parity is almost observed in primary school, but retention and completion of education remain a challenge with high drop out rate for girls and low enrolment in secondary school.

Hearing news like this troubles us.  In this day and age of increasing educational opportunities, no one should be denied education because of any reason. Recently, people all around the world united in revolt against the girls captured at school in Nigeria. In a rare show of unity, we all shared photos and tweeted saying #BringBackOurGirls.  We united together because we passionately protested for the right of the girls to be free and to attend school.

What we are doing together - supporting the education of girls is vitally needed - on an ongoing basis - to ensure that girls like Holstina do not drop out of school.  Thank YOU so much for putting your voice into action by supporting this project.  You have done so much more than protest.  You have taken action and helped to ensure that Holstina and other girls stay in school.  You are making a real difference in our Educate Girls movement.  On behalf of Holstina and all the other girls that YOU have helped keep in school, we say a HUGE Thank You.

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day and YOUR donation of any amount - up to $1000 - will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, YOU can help us continue to keep promising girls like Holstina in school. 

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, your donation will be DOUBLED allowing for an even bigger impact together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of our girls!  Your donation of $20.00 will provide a school uniform.

Please forward this to your friends and invite them to help us Keep Our Girls In School - #KeepOurGirlsInSchool.
Holstina listening in class
Holstina listening in class
Holstina on her way to school
Holstina on her way to school

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Jun 24, 2014

See Hawa - our Microfinance Beneficiary in Action

Hawa and her kids
Hawa and her kids

In the last report, we intriduced you to Hawanatu (Hawa for short), a single mother, small business owner who benefitted from the funds YOU donated.  The funds helped her restart her business - where she buys rice by the bag and then retails it.  Buying rice retailed in this way is common for people who do not have the resources to buy a full-sized bag

We talked a bit further with Hawa - and she was full of gratitude.  We also got the opportunity to see her in action - where she sells rice and chats with a customer.  Be sure to watch the video as you can see some local color- scenery from Wellington, a suburb of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In the video, Hawa says a big "Thank You" to YOU for your support.  Your kindness helped make it possible for her to purchase the rice and restart her business. Because of YOU she is now happy, busy and back in business.  She is now able to provide for herself and her children. Thanks so much for helping her get back on track.

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day and YOUR donation of any amount - up to $1000 - will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, YOU can help us continue to provide a hand up and microfinance funds for people like Hawa.

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, your donation will be DOUBLED allowing for an even bigger impact together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of small businesses in Africa!

Hawa says thanks
Hawa says thanks
Hawa shows us a cup of rice
Hawa shows us a cup of rice

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