Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.

Hawanatu is a pupil of the Christ Evangelical Internal Secondary school and she wants to be a banker when she grows up. She is very clever and has won many prizes in her school in different subjects. She plans to be first in her class after exams and is currently third in her class. She enjoys running, singing, and dancing. Her favorite subjects are Mathematics and Religious Moral Education. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her duties at home are to wash dishes and fetch water. She is looking forward to learning how to cook.

Your support is helping Hawanatu, and girls like her, get the education she needs to accomplish her goal of becoming a banker. Your donations are providing her with school supplies.

Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Sierra Leone - with no projected re-opening date. This could be in the next month or so.  We do not know the date for sure - but we definitely want to be prepared as families need our support - more than ever before. Business has slowed down considerably.  The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive.

During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. We wanted to keep schooling current in their minds.  Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them.  You can watch a video where 2 kids say thank you towards the end of the video.  This starts at 1 minute 48 seconds into the video.

On Wednesday, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!

Your donation on October 15th will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for more girls like Hawanatu.  Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a great school year!

exercise books distributed to kids
exercise books distributed to kids
kids happy to receive exercise books
kids happy to receive exercise books
importance of education emphasized to kids
importance of education emphasized to kids


Holstina in class
Holstina in class
Holstina is nine years old and has three sisters.  Her father Amidu is a mason / building contractor. Her mother, Winifred  is a petty trader, selling assorted food items. The family lives in a single-bedroom apartment with no running water or electricity. Sometimes, Holstina is sent to stay with relatives to ease the financial burden on her family and for her own safety, as one of her uncles is mentally ill. When this happens, Holstina misses out on much-needed parental love. 

Despite her circumstances, however, Holstina is a very promising young girl, is very friendly, and is respectful. She likes to read and is also interested in public speaking. She is in Class 5 and her favorite subject is Mathematics. Her best game is a local game called balance ball. When she grows up, Holstina would like to be a banker.

Your donations play a key role - helping to keep future Banker - Holstina in school. As UNICEF reports, Girls access to education is improving in Sierra Leone. Parity is almost observed in primary school, but retention and completion of education remain a challenge with high drop out rate for girls and low enrolment in secondary school.

Hearing news like this troubles us.  In this day and age of increasing educational opportunities, no one should be denied education because of any reason. Recently, people all around the world united in revolt against the girls captured at school in Nigeria. In a rare show of unity, we all shared photos and tweeted saying #BringBackOurGirls.  We united together because we passionately protested for the right of the girls to be free and to attend school.

What we are doing together - supporting the education of girls is vitally needed - on an ongoing basis - to ensure that girls like Holstina do not drop out of school.  Thank YOU so much for putting your voice into action by supporting this project.  You have done so much more than protest.  You have taken action and helped to ensure that Holstina and other girls stay in school.  You are making a real difference in our Educate Girls movement.  On behalf of Holstina and all the other girls that YOU have helped keep in school, we say a HUGE Thank You.

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day and YOUR donation of any amount - up to $1000 - will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, YOU can help us continue to keep promising girls like Holstina in school. 

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, your donation will be DOUBLED allowing for an even bigger impact together!  Thank you helping us to secure the matching funds that will make a huge difference in the lives of our girls!  Your donation of $20.00 will provide a school uniform.

Please forward this to your friends and invite them to help us Keep Our Girls In School - #KeepOurGirlsInSchool.
Holstina listening in class
Holstina listening in class
Holstina on her way to school
Holstina on her way to school


Fatmatta and her mother -scholarship recipient
Fatmatta and her mother -scholarship recipient
According to the UN, 31 million girls of primary school age are not enrolled in school.  The included UN infographic vividly presents this stark reality and, at the same time, warmly encourages us to invest in the education of girls. 

This is the core of what we are doing together through this unique and special project - focusing on the education of girls. What we are doing is truly amazing - as we ensure that the obstacles to on-going enrollment are removed.  

Fatmatta and her mother (pictured) were facing a dire situation where her mother was not able to cover the cost of school fees and new uniforms. The situation was such that Fatmatta was about to drop out of school.  

Thanks to our timely intervention, Fatmatta's mother was able to pay her fees the next day.  The funds we provided also covered the cost of an additional uniform - to keep her neatly dressed as she goes to school.

Fatmatta and her mother were deeply touched by the support that you provided and they expressed their deep appreciation and gratitude.  

As you may know, March 8th was International Women's day. Each year, on this global day, we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. We celebrate women's success and are reminded of inequities that need to be redressed. 

Through this project, you are helping to address the education inequities for womenYour support is furthering the education of girls like Fatmatta and preparing them for a great future.  Thanks to your support she is able to continue her schooling.  

You can see a visual of the impact that we are together making in the included UNICEF infographic.  As the graphic illustrates, the impact of educating girls is far-reaching!  

YOU can help us continue to prepare these budding women by making a donation today.  Your donation of $35 today will provide a pair of uniforms and a set of shoes.  Please help us bring a smile to a girl child today.  Thanks so much for your support!

Fatmatta and mother
Fatmatta and mother
invest in girls
invest in girls
Esther - happy beneficiary
Esther - happy beneficiary

We are delighted once again to bring you another interest story of Esther, a beneficiary who has been positively affected by YOUR donations.

Esther comes from a family of many siblings. She has six sisters and three brothers.  Her father is alive but sadly, because of hardship, he has taken to drinking - and does not care about or support his children. Her illiterate mother is the breadwinner and her proceeds from her cookery enterprise are too small to take care of all of the children.

Esther enjoys school and her dream is to become a Nurse in the future. Without your timely support, Esther would not have been able to continue her education towards attaining her dream. Esther’s mother has additionally been given grants from Develop Africa to build up and expand her enterprise.

Thank YOU so much for supporting Esther.  Her life has been changed and she is on her way to becoming a Nurse.   Thanks You FOR helpING to make the dream of on-going education come true.

Without your support, this would not have happened. 

If you would like to learn more about Esther, connect with her on a long term basis and further support her dream - we would love to hear from you. She is full or purpose and potential - and truly deserves our support.

Today is #GivingTuesday ... and your donation right now towards Esther's education will be matched 100% by Microsoft.  This is a great opportunity to double your impact - making your donation go even further.  

Details are as follows: 

  • The #GivingTuesday campaign begins today, at 12:00:01 PM (noon) ET.  
  • There is $250,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft.  
  • Matching is applied at 100% for every $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project. 

We need YOUR help with this right after Noon, ET today.  Please make your donation of $25, $50 or $100 now to ensure that we get matching funds. Thanks so much for your support!

Make your donation now!

Marian said "You made my day"
Marian said "You made my day"

You, through your on-going support, have been a key partner in helping to effect permanent change in the lives of our girls in Sierra Leone.  Through your support, we have together provided hundreds of scholarships.  

We have done a lot more than providing scholarships.  Over the years, Develop Africa has developed a model of "complete, wholesome intervention".  This model focuses on addressing the whole picture - every area of the beneficiary’s life.  

We wanted to take a moment to also tell you some more about a specific girl that we have supported - called Marian.  Marian has a winning smile and eyes full of purpose.  She wants to be a lecturer / teacher when she grows up.  She is a good mixer and very friendly.  She is in great health.

Through your kindness, the kindness of other individual donors and a special family that lives in West Virginia, Marian and her family have received scholarships, books and school supplies, school uniforms, mosquito nets, mattress, suitcases , a bag of rice, financial assistance towards rent etc.  Our support has brought “a smile to our faces again”, “a place in society once more” and “tears of joy”. 

As you notice, we have jointly been able to provide assistance at multiple levels - complete, wholesome intervention.  This targeted support is helping to break the hold of poverty.  Our support together has helped to provide much more than the gift of education.  Thank you exceedingly for helping to bring hope and new life to this precious family.

If you are interested supporting the education of specific children, we would love to hear from you. You can do so right here on GlobalGiving.  School reopens in September and we would like to provide scholarships to 500 children.  Can you help us do so by making a donation of $100 or your best donation today?  

Want to help us do even more?  You can now easily create a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving and help us raise funds for more scholarships.  This is a fantastic way to invite your friends and family to join you in making a difference. You can start your fundraiser here - today!  Let us know if you have any questions or need our help setting this up.  Thanks so much for all you do!


You have brought laughter
You have brought laughter
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Items provided



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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
$35,632 raised of $50,000 goal
701 donations
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