Educate a Girl, Educate a Nation - Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Jul 11, 2011

Reversing The Trend and Giving Girls The Best Chance Possible

Nchumalen, Mother and Sylvester
Nchumalen, Mother and Sylvester

It was a rare delight to meet Nchumalen.  Nchumalen is one of the girls that are receiving scholarships, books and school supplies through this project. I had seen photos of her but this was the first time I had the opportunity to meet her. Phillip Sholes and I had the opportunity to travel to Freetown, Sierra Leone in May this year and meet a number of the children - beneficiaries of this project.  It was a true delight to see their smiling, happy faces.

It was my pleasure to convey greetings directly to Nchumalen and her mother from a GlobalGiving donor (initial of first name is D.).  I brought back a photo I took with Nchulamen - which is included in this report. I was also able to bring back a personal greeting of thanks and appreciation. 

While in Sierra Leone, I was vividly reminded of the importance of this project "educating girls".   This is crucial as we work towards reversing the trend and giving girls the best chance possible.  The support we are providing to Nchumalen and the other girls represent a definite step in the right direction ad I brought back their appreciation to all donors who are helping make their education a reality.  Thanks for your tremendous support!

Recently, I ran into a news article that affirms our commitment to supporting education in Africa:

"Look at how Asia’s extraordinary growth in recent decades was fueled by a determination to invest in “human capital".  It is widely understood that Africa’s children will not own the 21st century until their leaders put more emphasis on educating them. Poor, barely literate 18 year olds in a rural area cannot compete for jobs. Neither can they take advantage of the investments being made on the continent.

It seems the critical investment of this century will be how Africa’s children are equipped to prepare for the challenges and chances ahead. There is no time to waste."

Our focus is in place.  We are definitely on the right track - investing into the future of Africa's children. Our continual investment is truly raising the future female leaders of Sierra Leone.  Thank again much for your on-going support!

Nchumalen - seated in fron row in blue
Nchumalen - seated in fron row in blue
Sylvester, Phillip and some children beneficiaries
Sylvester, Phillip and some children beneficiaries



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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
$36,153 raised of $50,000 goal
716 donations
$13,847 to go
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