Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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Kadiatu
Kadiatu

Dear project partners.

Educating girls is crucial as this impacts the family and the entire nation. 

  • UNICEF believes it's simply the case that when you have healthy, well educated and emancipated women, these women in turn rear healthy, well educated and emancipated children.  

  • "To educate girls is to reduce poverty," says Kofi Annan.

  • According to UNESCO, “education and poverty eradication are inextricably bound”.


That is why we are so very appreciative of the joint opportunity that we have to educate girls in Sierra Leone.  Our support is ensuring that they do not drop out of school.  We are providing an educational lifeline and helping them to pursue their dreams.  

In a previous report, we shared a letter from Kadiatu.  In this report, we share a video of her - where you can see her and hear her.  Kadiatu is very thankful for the continued support she has received - as she is finishing senior secondary school and has taken the BECE exam. 

Kadiatu tells us a little more in her video about her accomplishments, her challenges and her goals. She mentions specific areas of support - including transportation to school, text books and teacher notes/ handouts.

Your support is a big part of why Kadiatu is going to complete her education and she is truly thankful.  We are so thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in her life!

With great appreciation,

The Develop Africa Team

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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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Kadiatu holding her Thank You letter
Kadiatu holding her Thank You letter

Dear Project Supporters,

According to theguardian - "...an estimated 58 million of primary aged children are still out of school, 31 million of them girls, the majority living in sub-Saharan Africa. Gender disparities increased in secondary and tertiary education, despite more young people enrolling over the past 20 years." ~ Two-thirds of world's illiterate adults are women, report finds

In the photo above, Kadiatu is holding a handwritten letter she prepared to express her thanks. In her letter she said...

Dear GlobalGiving,

Thanks so much for your support that is helping me to further my education. I am now in Junior Secondary School Three. I love to go to school and learn because it is the only way I can achieve my dream of becoming a banker. My favourite subjects in school are English, Math and Social Studies. I belong to a family of four. We live in a two bedroom apartment. I have two sister. My mother is a trader. I love to cook and to read books. My favourite colour is pink. Thanks a million for your support. Love, Kadiatu - (end of letter)

According to Huffington Post - "The Brookings Institution affirms that educating a girl in particular can kick-start a virtuous circle of development. More educated girls, for example, marry later, have healthier children, earn more money that they invest back into their families and communities, and play more active roles in leading their communities and countries." ~ There's No More Valuable Investment Than in a Girl's Education

Thank YOU, because of YOUR continued support Kadiatu and other girls like her can go to school to achieve their goals.

Best regards,

Develop Africa team

Kadiatu
Kadiatu's handwritten Thank You letter

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Fatu says Thank You
Fatu says Thank You

Dear Project Supporters,

According to Huffington Post - "The Brookings Institution affirms that educating a girl in particular can kick-start a virtuous circle of development. More educated girls, for example, marry later, have healthier children, earn more money that they invest back into their families and communities, and play more active roles in leading their communities and countries." ~ There's No More Valuable Investment Than in a Girl's Education

According to Huffington Post - "For every year of schooling a girl receives, her income will increase by at least 10-20%, and she will reinvest 90% of her income back into her family." ~ Aussies Don School Dresses For Girls' Education In Sierra Leone

According to UNICEF – “If all girls had secondary education in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia, child marriage would fall by 64 per cent, from almost 2.9 million to just over 1 million.” ~ Girls' education and gender equality

Meet Fatu...

Fatu was out of school because her parents could not afford to pay for her schooling. Her father lost his job and her mother is a housewife.

Now with the support and sponsorship provided by Develop Africa, Fatu is enrolled in school, well dressed and doing well.

Fatu says Thank You to GlobalGiving donors for providing a scholarship in this video.

Fatu and her parents are very grateful to Develop Africa for their support of her education. She wants to be a banker when she grows up.

Thank YOU, because of your continued support Fatu and other girls like her can go to school to achieve their goals.

Best regards,

Develop Africa team

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Meet Isata
Meet Isata

Dear Project Supporters,

According to the Huffington Post, "The largest gender gaps are in west and central Africa, where 77 girls are enrolled in secondary school for every 100 boys." And, "During the Ebola crisis, with five million children not in school, it was girls who suffered most."Here's How We Can Help Educate and Empower Millions of Marginalized Girls Worldwide

Meet Isata...

Isata is a child of a single parent. Isata was out of school, because her mother could not afford to pay for her schooling. Her mother is a hawker of charcoal and Isata works alongside her. They live in one of the slums of Freetown.

Now with the support and sponsorship provided by Develop Africa, Isata is enrolled in school and is now in class six. Though she still hawks charcoal after school to augment the family income, she does very well in school. She is always among the first five positions.

Isata and her mother are very grateful to Develop Africa for their support of her education. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

Thank YOU, because of your continued support Isata and other girls like her can go to school to achieve their goals.

Best regards,

Develop Africa team

Isata receiving sponsorship grant
Isata receiving sponsorship grant
Isata with sponsorship grant
Isata with sponsorship grant
Isata with grant supplied radio equipment
Isata with grant supplied radio equipment

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.developafrica.org
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
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