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 17, 2016

Empowering Girls Provides a Better Future for All

Dear Project Supporters,

School is back in session and your donations are helping support girls and ensure that they are getting basic computer training.  

Educating girls is proven to positively impact the entire nation. The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (which reports to the United Nations secretary-general) stated in a new report that especially for girls, education unlock unlocks huge health benefits, cuts child and maternal deaths and lifts millions out of poverty and into jobs.

This is what we are doing together - ensuring that the girls at the FAWE school are computer proficient and fully prepared to help lead their families, communities and nation.

Over the past month, we have done basic maintenance and updates on the computers at the lab.  We also replaced the projector bulb.  We also need to purchase a memory module / stick for one of the computers.

The computers in the lab were purchased as used computers in 2012. Over the past 2 years we have had to replace motherboards, memory and power supply units.  

It's time to replace these aged computers and we need your help. We would like to purchase 16 new energy-efficient computers from Aleutia.com.  The new computers will provide training for the next 5 to 7 years.  

The cost for these computers is 449 British pounds each (around $550 USD) - see link in this report.  Could you please consider donating towards the cost of one of these computers today?

We welcome your on-going support as we continue to provide this training.  

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

Girls learning at the FAWE lab
Girls learning at the FAWE lab

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Oct 17, 2016

Site Visit By Sylvester - Discussions With Realtor

Dear Project Supporters, 

At the end of July, Sylvester made a 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 trip provided me with the opportunity to observe, learn, interact and evaluate. I spent quality time with the Dream Home 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.

I saw great potential in each of the kids.  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.


I was also able to personally examine the Dream Home building and facilities with a critical eye. The facilities are not ideal and the property is not fenced. There is no central dining room / family room and the bedrooms are cramped / small. There is a definite need to move to a better and more conducive house.

I visited 2 available houses that we could lease. One of the homes that I visited is located at Juba Hill - and we provided photos in a previous report.  New photos that I took are available here.  This house is ideally located and has 6 large bedrooms, a spacious living room and additional housing options for the Home Director / Matron.  This would be a great new home for the orphanage.

There are 3 key considerations that we discussed while I was there:

1.  The cost of the Juba house lease is $12,000 annually. This new home would probably also require additional expenses on utilities, staffing etc.

2.  We would have to find new schools for the kids - as this new home is several miles away from current schools and in a different neighborhood / division.  Moving the kids in the middle of the calendar year would necessitate added planning to ensure the kids re-settle well into new schools.

3.  We would need to secure a bus to facilitate transportation to and from school.

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

We are continuing to explore options to secure the needed funds. Should you have any suggestions or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact us.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa & Dream Home Teams

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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
 
   

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