Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Balu is grateful for your support
Balu is grateful for your support

Dear project partners. 

Thank you for your ongoing support in educating girls.  

Educated girls become empowered women.  

Below is a quote from the UNICEF Millennium Development Goal that affirms and encourages the great task we have undertaken together: 

"Advancing the rights of women and children advances humanity.  

Many children in developing countries start life without adequate means of nutrition, learning, and protection. Women and girls are particularly challenged.

Uneducated girls are more at risk than boys to become marginalized. They are more vulnerable to exploitation.  They are more likely than educated girls to contract HIV/AIDS, which spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that have even some schooling. 

As unschooled adults, these girls will be less likely to have a say socially and politically and to be able to support themselves

That is why we are so very appreciative of YOU and the joint opportunity that we have to educate girls in Sierra Leone.  We are together promoting gender equality and empowering women.

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.  We are empowering them together and we are so excited about the future of these girls and also the future of Sierra Leone.

In this report, we share a video from Balu. Balu is very thankful for the continued support she has received. The funds we provided helped to cover her fees and school materials.

Your support is a big part of why Balu 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!

This Wednesday, March 8 is International Women's Day.  We celebrate the achievements of women globally.  We congratulate all women globally for the wonderful role that you play - at home and at work. Thank you for your service and leadership. We value and honor you.

Matching Donations Opportunity: We have an amazing opportunity to help raise educated girls who will become empowered women.  We invite you to take bold action - to join us in helping to provide scholarships that will empower girls in school. 

Your donation to this project will be matched at 30% on Wednesday - so be sure to join us in making a donation then.

We appreciate YOU!
The Develop Africa Team

Your support made Balu smile!
Your support made Balu smile!


Hannah is all smiles about getting her education
Hannah is all smiles about getting her education

Dear Project Supporters,

Educating girls has a wide array of positive benefits that affect not only the girl receiving her education, but to the entire nation. Statistics say that women make up 2/3 of the illiterate in the world.  

So what difference would it make if all women had a chance to get an education? 

  • Female genital mutation avoided
  • Decline in infant/children mortality rates
  • A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5
  • With each year of schooling, a girl will significantly increase earning potential from 5%-15%
  • Women can stand up for their rights
  • Less violence
  • Health would improve significantly
  • Reduced HIV/AIDS Infection rate

Thanks to YOUR support, since the last project report, we together raised $803.74.

Please take a moment to watch a video of Hannah, one of the girls that received a scholarship through your support. Hannah is happily learning and progressing in school. Because of your support, young ladies like Hannah are receiving not only an education, but also a chance for a better future - for themselves and their families.

Thanks so much for helping to give them the opportunity of a brighter future.

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

Hannha hard at work at school
Hannha hard at work at school



Dear Project Supporters,

Thanks to your support, 2 girls - Baindu and Theresa, who had dropped out of school are now able to go to school again.  This is HUGE and we are super excited about this!

We have been able to provide them scholarships to cover the costs of books, coaching classes and transportation.  We greatly appreciate your ongoing support that enables more girls to complete their education and have a better future.

In this video, Baindu and Theresa express their gratitude to YOU oir GlobablGiving donors for helping them with their education.

Baindu says "I want to say thank you to GlobalGiving for their support."

Theresa says "Thank you very much GlobalGiving for supporting me in my education"

We are empowering girls like Theresa and Baindu together.  Thanks for making a difference!

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa team




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


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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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
$36,429 raised of $50,000 goal
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