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 5, 2016

A Case Study and Progress Report About Isata

Isata is making progress
Isata is making progress

Dear Project Supporters,

In July 2015, we introduced you to one of this project's beneficiaries, Isata. In this report, we provide you with her case study and progress.

Isata was born in August 1999. She is sixteen and a half years old. She comes from a very poor home. Isata’s father abandoned them when Isata was very young. Her mother is a single parent and they live in a slum dwelling and hawk charcoal for a living.

Janet said, "One day Isata and her mother went to sell charcoal in my compound. At age eleven years Isata had not started schooling. Upon enquiry I found out that she was not going to school, because her mother could not afford her school charges. I asked the mother to enroll Isata in school with assurance of sponsorship. I enrolled Isata in the Develop Africa sponsorship project."

Isata started school in class one at the Saint Thomas Municipal School in 2009. She was always among the top ten pupils in class. After six years of primary schooling, Isata has graduated into Junior Secondary School (JSS) at the Freetown Secondary School for Girls.

All things being equal, she will spend three years in the JSS and will sit to the Basic Education Certificate Examination which will qualify her to enter the senior Secondary School.

Isata and her mother are very grateful to Develop Africa and its donors whose sponsorship has made it possible for her to go to school. Isata is working hard in her new school to achieve her goal.

YOUR support made this happen! Thanks so much.

Best Regards,

Develop Africa team

Isata - Then
Isata - Then
Isata - Now
Isata - Now
Isata supported with radio learning during Ebolo
Isata supported with radio learning during Ebolo

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Mar 31, 2016

Our Computer Training Helps Trainee Progress With Her Career

Dear Project Supporters,

We have together been providing computer training for several years now. As part of our review process, we contacted some of our previous trainees to find out if and how the training that we provided has helped them.  

As part of our continuous improvement process, we want to ensure that what we are doing is impacting their lives in both the short and long term. This validation process is also helping to guide our future plans.

Fatmata is one of the youths who benefited from the computer training we provided a couple years ago. She explains in this video that the computer training gave her the foundation that she needed for her current job.

She says in the video: "This has helped me progress with my career."

This training equipped her and made her computer proficient. Without this training, she would not be competent at her current job – that requires computer proficiency.

We empowered her together. Thanks for making a difference!

We are excitedly looking forward to expanding training options through our new computer lab. We invite you to learn more at our Creating Pathways Website.

Warm regards,

The Develop Africa team

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Mar 29, 2016

Bitame Lucia Students Celebrate National Youth Day

National Youth Day
National Youth Day

Dear Project Supporters,

During the second term of the 2015/2016 academic year, students at Bitame Lucia International School participated in and enjoyed many activities and celebrations.

In Cameroon, the entire nation annually celebrates National Youth Day mobilizing the next generation of leaders. This celebration instills them with pride and the knowledge that their uniqueness plays an important role for their future advancement.

During the week of National Youth Day, the theme in Cameroon was: YOUTH, CITIZENSHIP TO FIGHT AGAINST BOKO HARAM. Due to the instability of security around the country from terrorism, the government passed a decree suspending inter-school competitions for fear of gathering large crowds and thereby inviting insurgency of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Thus, Bitame Lucia students only participated in inter-class competitions at the school – from the nursery section to the primary section. Quizzes were organized for Classes 3-6. For the pre-nursery to nursery and Classes 1-2, little interaction games such as “Pick and Drop” were organized. After the competitions, the best pupils were awarded prizes.

On February 11, 2016, Bitame Lucia International School went out to the stadium to commemorate National Youth Day with their counterparts from other institutions in the country. They participated in match pass alongside other schools that were selected to represent particular areas of every sub-division. Bitame Lucia was selected again this year because of their great performance last year. See the photos of the students proudly marching in their unique school colors.

Participation in inter-school competitions such as football (Soccer) games, handball for both the boys and girls, and school excursions is dependent upon each school’s financial ability to support extra-curricular activities.

This academic year, Bitame Lucia was able to provide their students with excursions that enriched them culturally. The children were afforded the experience of visiting the National Museum and the National Radio House. See the photos of the children on these excursions.

After a very busy period, from February 1st to the 11th, Bitame Lucia students are studiously preparing for their end-of-term examinations.

Thank YOU so much for helping our kids get the education they need. We are so grateful for YOUR continued support.

Bests regards,

Develop Africa team

National Youth Day match pass
National Youth Day match pass
National Museum
National Museum
National Museum - student excursion
National Museum - student excursion
National Radio House - student excursion
National Radio House - student excursion
National Radio House - tour
National Radio House - tour
 

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