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 16, 2016

Visit to the Dream Home By Sylvester & Dream Home Children Start a New School Year

Dream Home children ready for the new year
Dream Home children ready for the new year

Dear Project Supporters,

September marked the start of a new school year for the Dream Home children and thanks to your ongoing support, the children had new uniforms and school supplies.   

At the end of July, Sylvester made a surprise, 2 week project visit to Sierra Leone.  The Dream Home was one of the top reasons for his trip. He reports on his trip as follows:

"The kids were very appreciative fo the support that you have provided towards their on-going needs.  They asked me to convey their deep appreciation and gratitude to YOU. Included in this report is the photo that we took together.

The trip provided me with the opportunity to observe, learn, interact and evaluate. I spent quality time with the kids as a group and also on a one-to-one basis. I interacted with each of the kids individually. I wanted to understand their fears and dreams.  I wanted to learn more about the challenges that they are facing. I wanted to see what they are experiencing at the home.

The kids were happy and played as normal kids.  We sang several songs and had fun together.  

I saw great potential in each of them.  I saw them as leaders in the future, people who would tell their story of how they came up out of nothing. Given the right opportunities, the sky is their limit.


Being there in person also enabled me to examine the facilities with a critical eye, evaluate the level of service provided etc. I visited 2 possible other available houses that we could move into and investigated schooling opportunities.

I spent time with each of the staff - learning more about them, their backgrounds and the challenges that they face in carrying out their duties.  

I came back with a new challenge and eager for us to do so much more for these kids.  Here are some of the key observations that remain fresh on my mind as I reflect back on my trip:

  • The kids were in good health and appeared well taken care of.
  • The home sits up on a hill in Wellington and there is an urgent need for us to secure a bus to facilitate transportation of the kids.
  • 2 of the kids need prescription glasses
  • There is still a desperate need for us to install running water.  The current need is for us to build 2 structures to raise and support the water tanks that will hold water from the well - fed by a solar pump.
  • Several of the kids need additional lessons / coaching to strengthen their educational foundation.

These opportunities are all achievable - with your support. Together we can do so much more." 

Please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us if you have any questions.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa & Dream Home Teams

Dream Home children say Thank you GlobalGiving!
Dream Home children say Thank you GlobalGiving!
water pump at Dream Home
water pump at Dream Home
Oct 11, 2016

One Year of Activities - Successes and Progress, Trip Report From Sylvester and Looking Ahead

Group Meeting with Sylvester - Standing room only
Group Meeting with Sylvester - Standing room only

Dear Project Supporters,

It's been more than a full year since we launched the Creating Pathways Centre, back in May 2015.  

Over the past year we have offered a range of courses including Psycho-Social Counseling, Christian Counseling, English Language, Literature, Government, History, Computer Studies, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Career Talk, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Economics. These courses were focused on providing remedial education and strengthening their education foundation, while they were out of school.

We have been able to accomplish the following:

  • Psycho-social and Christian counseling: we have been able to have an intimate chat with the ladies where they expressed their fears, treat and challenges. This provided us with a perspective on the emotional problems that hey have been struggling with.  At the end of each session, we have advised on solutions and we obtained feedback from them.

  • We provided solar radios to the ladies to listen to school lessons / teachings - in partnership with Lifeline Energy. 

  • We provided an initial supply of stationery to the ladies.

  • We have assisted several ladies with school fees and school supplies.

  • For over a year, we provided a transportation allowance, ensuring that the ladies could come to the CPS, unhindered by finances. 

  • We’ve created a forum where we talked with the friends that impregnated the ladies and also some of the family members.  We encouraged them to give the ladies the support needed to make the best out of their lives. 

  • The lives of the young ladies have been transformed through the encouraging sessions from the teachers and multiple visitors.  

  • We can happily say that all of our ladies are now computer literate.  Most of them now know how to create flyers, souvenirs, birthday cards, do calculations and much more on the computer.

We would not have been able to accomplish all this without your generosity and support.  We cannot thank you enough for helping us make the first year a success.  

At the end of July, Sylvester made a 2 week project visit to the Centre and met with the ladies. They asked him to convey their deep appreciation and gratitude to YOU for the remedial training and support.

During an open group meeting with Sylvester, the ladies expressed their current need - for either scholarships to return to school or microfinance funds to start a business

Effective August, we have phased out the general classes and are continuing computer classes. Currently they are learning to improve their typing speed.  As of Mid-September, a smaller group is continuing to coming to classes regularly.

Looking Ahead:  As requested by the ladies and based on our needs assessment, our future efforts will be focused on following 3 areas.

1.  On-going computer training for those that are interested in continuing and also for new students.  We have determined that there is an on-going need for this in Sierra Leone. We plan to pursue new partnerships with schools and groups.

2.  Helping them restart their schooling / start vocational training.  We have been able to help 5 ladies restart schooling.  

3.  Helping them secure microfinance funding. We plan to help launch businesses for those who are not interested in continuing their schooling.

We are very grateful for what we have been able to achieve so far and are super-excited about the on-going opportunity to help them pursue and develop in their future careers.  We welcome your support as we continue to provide an educational lifeline for ladies in Sierra Leone.

With great appreciation,

Sylvester and the Develop Africa Team

Group meeting - ladies at CPC
Group meeting - ladies at CPC
Ladies at CPC express their gratitude
Ladies at CPC express their gratitude
Ladies request scholarships
Ladies request scholarships
Sylvester encourages ladies to pursue education
Sylvester encourages ladies to pursue education
Sylvester examines Aleutia compact computer
Sylvester examines Aleutia compact computer
Sylvester holding a child of one of ladies
Sylvester holding a child of one of ladies
Ladies share their dreams with Sylvester
Ladies share their dreams with Sylvester
Sylvester with Nancy - one of the ladies
Sylvester with Nancy - one of the ladies
Sylvester watches a video on one of the computers
Sylvester watches a video on one of the computers
Thank you GlobalGiving!
Thank you GlobalGiving!
Oct 5, 2016

The Future Depends on the Next Generation

These children are Our Future
These children are Our Future

Dear Project Supporters,

Sometimes it is challenging to believe that a dollar makes a difference, but it does make an impact. Every dollar donated is like a pebble being thrown into a pond; that pebble causes a ripple in the water that affects a large area around it. The future depends on us and if we educate the future leaders and empower them with knowledge we will cause a positive ripple effect across the world.

More than 30% of the African population are between ages 10 and 24 and will remain that way for the next 20 years. When the numbers of working-age people surpass the numbers of dependents, countries can experience an economic boom, a phenomenon known as a “demographic dividend.” But first, young people must be enabled to contribute to their countries and communities.

“Educated, healthy and productive young people have a better chance of breaking out of poverty and making positive contributions to their communities,” said Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway.

School are back in session. From the reports that we have received, the kids are learning well. Unfortunately, admission is down at some schools. Due to economic pressures, many families are simply not able to cover the costs of uniforms and school-related expenses. So the start of school has been delayed for some kids. Unfortunately, this may be permanent for some kids. 

Your donation of $40 today will provide a uniform an a pair of shoes for a kid, a future leader of Liberia.  This would ensure that 1 more kid does not stay home and miss out on learning for days or weeks.   Thanks for your support.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team



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