Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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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Mariama
Mariama

Dear project supporters

It is with joy that we bring you an update on 2 girls that you have helped.  Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to provide full scholarships for these girls - Aminata and Mariama (pictured).  These girls were very happy to learn about the support that you provided.  They are now cheerfully going to school each day.  You have truly helped make a difference and brightened their day. 

Every month, thanks to your support, we continue to forward and give priority to the education of girls in Africa.  It will take years to change mindsets - but we are together helping to renew and reshape mindsets.

We are excited to let you know about a new project that we have started on GlobalGiving.  This project focuses on providing education and psycho-social support to teenage girls that became pregnant during the Ebola crisis

The plight of these pregnant teenage girls is moving as they were taken advantage of while schools were closed.  This new project is available here and we invite you help bring new hope to these girls.

Save the Date: On July 15, GlobalGiving will be holding a special matching campaign and would like to invite you to join our team in inviting others and spreading the word.  For more information, please send an email to Amy - amy@developafrica.org.  Thanks so much for your support.

With gratitude

The Develop Africa Team

Aminata
Aminata

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Augusta
Augusta

Dear Project Supporters,

Because of YOU, we are so super happy to report that in the last 2 months or so, 10 girls / young ladies have received full scholarships. Thanks to your specific investment into their lives, these girls are now eagerly looking forward to restarting school - when school reopens at the end of March.  This is so amazing and we are so grateful for your support!

Meet Augusta.  Augusta is an additional young lady who has received support through your donations. Your donations have provided for all her school-related costs.   Augusta loves school and would like to be an accountant someday.  Augusta comes from a poor family background. Both parents are illiterate and are not gainfully employed. Her mother is housewife while her father works at the Quay. His income is grossly inadequate to take care of Augusta and her siblings.

In the photo, you can see Augusta holding a radio and batteries she received earlier so she could listen to the radio broadcasts by the Ministry of Education.  She is likewise eagerly looking forward to reopening of school.  YOUR support is making her education dreams come true.

The African Union Summit just ended a few weeks ago in January,  According to a Huffington Post summary: "Due to weak gender policies, lack of credible evaluation and measurement, implementation and monitoring, vaguely imported programs and the willingness to act, African governments are letting women and girls down" - Africa's Poor Policies Letting Women and Girls Down

Because of this dire situation, hundreds of girls are still at risk of dropping out of school or not attending school at all. We are determined to keep working together till every child that desires to go to school has the opportunity to do so.  No girl or child should be let down or left behind. 

Your continued support will help us provide many more girls with full scholarships - so they can attend school - fully equipped.   Thanks so much for your support!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

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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
$36,103 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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