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.
Apr 26, 2016

The kids now spend a longer time than before in the computer lab

Happy to learn!
Happy to learn!

Dear project partners,

In the previous report, we explained that we had started training the teachers at the school with the goal of having the teachers take over the training.  

Two months ago, a teacher of FAWE school started handling the computer training.  We have done a lot of work to ensure the kids receive adequate lessons in computer.  

At present classes four and five are receiving computer training.  Class six has been exempted, due to their pending external examination that will take place on the 7th of May 2016. Their computer classes will commence two weeks after their examination.

The kids have learnt how insert tables, format text, change font sizes, font colors and also to fill up tables with numbers.  They have also learned how to save and retrieve documents.  

Because we now have a local teacher, the kids are now spending a longer time in the computer lab. Every lunch time is been seen as an opportunity to learn something new on the computer. They sometimes spend well over four hours in the computer lab. Computer training is now offered every day after school, as long as there is power.

The kids are very eager to learn and thanks to YOUR support, we are able to continue to provide this training to them.  

The computers in the lab were purchased as used computers in 2011 and are overdue for replacement. We appreciate your support today - which would enable us to replace them with newer computers with updated programs.  Thanks for your support.

Warm regards

The Develop Africa team

Intent on learning
Intent on learning
Teacher coaching a student - hands on
Teacher coaching a student - hands on
our computer teacher
our computer teacher
Apr 25, 2016

The Search For a New Home Has Started

view from above the home
view from above the home

Dear Project partners:

Thank YOU for your support and interest in making the home a true "Dream Home".

We have excitedly started the process of looking for a new home.

This process involved a review of the current housing situation. 

  1. Current property is not fenced / secure.
  2. Does not have internal bathrooms.
  3. Does not have a large dining area that can seat all the kids.
  4. Transportation: Currently most of the kids are walking to a nearby school.
  5. Does not have internal plumbing / running water.   

We have included in this report some external photos of the home - so you can see what the area looks like.
 
With this in mind, here are a few items on our wish list

  1. 5+ bedrooms
  2. Fenced
  3. Housing for Matron + 1 or 2
  4. Location - Goderich to Wellington (readily accessible to public transportation / schools)
  5. Ideally located within walking distance of a school.  Otherwise, we will need to purchase a bus. 

We welcome your suggestions of things we should keep in mind as we plan this transition.  

The management team has determined that we might need to transition in 2 phases:

Phase 1:  Lease a temporary, more ideal home.  We could use this home for 1-3 years.  Given the funding, this is an option that we would prefer to implement this year.  With this in mind, we have started the process of locating a house we could lease for this purpose.  This would help to address the most urgent need for security / safety.  We appreciate your support to make this a reality.

Phase 2: Purchase a long term home.  This could involve buying an existing house or building a new house.  We have started looking for grant opportunities that will help make this a reality

Thanks for your support and partnership

Cordially

The Dream Home Team



view from further uphill - looking down
view from further uphill - looking down
view from further uphill
view from further uphill
Some of Dream Home kids standing outside
Some of Dream Home kids standing outside
view from below the home - looking uphill
view from below the home - looking uphill
looking up at Dream Home
looking up at Dream Home
Looking towards the Dream Home
Looking towards the Dream Home
Apr 20, 2016

BBC Focus On Africa Highlights The Supporting Role of The Centre

The ladies are working hard in the computer lab
The ladies are working hard in the computer lab

Dear friends and partners,

The ladies received a visit in March from Umaru Fofana, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Journalist in Sierra Leone.  He was delighted to see how we are supporting the girls during this transition season in their lives.  He interviewed some of the girls and Abu, who oversees the program.  

Bendu tells us in the interview: 

When I became pregnant it was really difficult for me at that time because there was nobody by my side until I gave birth and I had no support to go back to school. Somebody with vision to learn not allowing her to go to school, it was not a easy thing. They really made us to feel very bad and left out – stigmatised while fellow students, my friends, my classmates are far ahead of me now. By being part of the center, I know that they are bringing back my future to me. They are telling me that I am somebody. They have given me life again.


Please listen to the March 28th BBC audio recording on Youtube.  You can also read a full transcript of audio brodcast (PDF).

This highlight by the BBC emphasizes the important role that you are playing through your support.  Because of you - these young women are able to have hope in the future.  

The young ladies in the Centre are doing well and working hard.  In the Computer lab sessions, the girls have learned how to create a Table of Contents in MS Word.  This included a demonstration and practical sessions on the following:

  • Create different levels of headings inside the document.
  • Insert a table of content at the beginning of the document. 
  • How to Update Table of Contents - headings and page numbers

The JSS classes are also learning about:

  • multiplication in Mathematics, 
  • prepositions in Language Art, and 
  • types of energy in Integrated Science.

The SSS classes are also working on: 

  • double entry in Financial Accounting, 
  • simplification in Mathematics, 
  • Reading including newspapers and magazines in English Language and 
  • prepositions in Language Art 
  • History

As you can see, it's a busy time or learning and progress at the Centre.  We are super excited at what the future has in store for these special ladies.  

Thank you again for your support and helping us create pathways to success for them!

With warm regards

The Develop Africa Team

Making progress in learning MS Word
Making progress in learning MS Word

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