Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone
Chapel Int'l Primary School Student with new desk
Chapel Int'l Primary School Student with new desk

Thanks to your support, 340 tables and chairs were transported and delivered to schools in the Freetown / Western area - including Chapel International Primary School, Dantrimark Academy, Prince of Wales Secondary School, REC Primary School, Savage Square Municipal Primary School, and Services Secondary School. 

The students, teachers/school leadership, were very thankful to receive the desks and chairs. This meets a definite need as schools need new furniture with increased enrollment. Also, some schools are moving from 2 shifts to 1 shift - meaning a substantial demand for more chairs and desks. This also reduces any additional costs parents will have to bear in purchasing furniture for the school.

We invite you to countdown with us to #GivingTuesday, November 29th. GlobalGiving’s GivingTuesday campaign will last 24 hours, from 00:00:00 EST to 23:59:59 EST, on November 29, 2022.

GlobalGiving has bonus funds that will make each donation received go even further, which will help more students in Sierra Leone with their educational needs.

Let's #MoveAMillion for Future Leaders in Sierra Leone!

Please share this project with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.  Copy and paste the text below on your social media or create your text. 

Empower Students in Sierra Leone on #GivingTuesday by donating at http://goto.gg/2291 With @GlobalGiving’s USD 1.2 million in bonus funds available, the more you give, the larger share we get!

If you have any questions, please email us at GlobalGiving@developafrica.org.

Warm regards,
Amy and the Develop Africa team

Dantrimark Academy Students with new desks
Dantrimark Academy Students with new desks

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Saying "THANK YOU" isn't enough. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your support for future leaders this year!! 

Your generosity has helped hundreds of future leaders- 

  • 141 students received school supplies and school support in Bo, Makeni, Kamawornie & Freetown
  • Over 100 kids received notebooks
  • Distributed food to over 50 families in need
  • Over 60 mosquito nets were distributed to families
  • The Mentoring Program held over 10 sessions
  • A new nursery was built in Kamawornie for at least 25 kids
  • Hundreds of solar lights, kindles, calculators, and iPads were distributed to students

And much more… 

We created this video showcasing just a few of the ways you have made a difference this past year and some of the lives your generosity has touched. 


As we look ahead, we invite you to mark your calendar for this year's #GivingTuesday, Nov 29th. GlobalGiving has bonus funds that will make each donation received go even further.

Let's #MoveAMillion for Future Leaders in Sierra Leone! 

Please share this project with your contacts and invite them to consider supporting this ongoing project.  Copy and paste the text below on your social media or create your text. 

Empower Students in Sierra Leone on #GivingTuesday by donating at http://goto.gg/2291 With @GlobalGiving’s $1.2 million USD in bonus funds available, the more you give, the larger share we get!

If you have any questions, please email us at GlobalGiving@developafrica.org. 

Warm regards,
Amy and the Develop Africa team

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Currently, there are 79 students attending computer classes at the Develop Africa Sierra Leone (DASL) Computer Lab. Presently, the computer classes run in three shifts- one class in the morning and two classes in the afternoon from Monday to Friday.

The students are at varying levels in their computer training, which includes Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Classes are set up so that everyone has access to their own computer and are available at varying times and days depending on the group each student is in.

We greatly appreciate your ongoing support for the future leaders in Sierra Leone. Thanks to you, more youths and young adults are getting the computer training they need for success in today's technology-driven environment.

If you haven't had the chance to sign up for a recurring donation yet, we warmly welcome your ongoing support

Another great way to help us reach our goal is to share this project with your contacts and post it on social media.  Copy and paste the text below or create your own.

I support Develop Africa and invite you to help educate future leaders in Sierra Leone. Go to http://goto.gg/2291 to donate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at GlobalGiving@developafrica.org.

 

Warm regards, 

Amy and the Develop Africa team

 

PS. Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday, which is November 29th. With GlobalGiving’s $1.2 million USD in bonus funds available, the more you give, the larger share we get! Get ready to help us #MoveAMillion.  

 

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Emile and mother
Emile and mother

Were your parents very involved in your education?

Do you have any recollections of your parents helping you with homework? Or reading a book to you?

Fortunately, my parents were very involved in my education. My academic progress was encouraged and fully supported.

At Develop Africa, one of our goals is to strengthen the communities we serve by instilling a sense of shared responsibility.

We encourage our beneficiaries’ parents to be involved in their education at home as critical members of their support network.

Children like Emile (see video) can receive consistent and sustainable attention.

Research shows that children given just 30 minutes of one-on-one literacy sessions a day saw their reading age improve by nearly two years in less than five months. However, the Adult literacy rate in Sierra Leone is at only 43%, this is one of the factors why many parents may not have the ability to teach their children these essential skills.

Another challenge some parents may face is finding the time to sit with their children because they may have to work unusual hours, so when the child must sit and study, the parents are at work. Another could be that it’s not a cultural thing to do. Some tribes see that education is not essential for children, especially girls.

Children like Emile are lucky to have a supportive parent who has the necessary foundational literacy skills, so many children lack. 

We aim to make this a norm for every child. We encourage parents to be involved in one-to-one sessions and group meetings at each opportunity. 

Our work is made possible by donors like you. Your monthly donations help us build a supportive network each month.  

Your monthly donation of $50 will help cover our social workers' salary - coaching and encouraging parents.

If you haven't had the chance to sign up for a recurring donation yet, we warmly welcome your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please email us at GlobalGiving@developafrica.org.

Thank you so much for your support.

 

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Kamawornie students sitting at their new desks
Kamawornie students sitting at their new desks

In July, Sevier County schools in Tenessee donated nearly 700 desks to benefit students in Sierra Leone.  News coverage can be watched at https://www.wvlt.tv/2022/07/11/sevier-county-schools-donating-desks-africa/

These school tables and chairs will aid learning and enhance classroom academic performance. Your support helped cover some of the shipping costs to get the nearly 700 desks and chairs from Tenessee to Freetown.

The desks and chairs arrived in Freetown in October. As of November 1st, the Develop Africa Sierra Leone team has distributed 510 tables and chairs to 10 schools throughout Sierra Leone. Locations included Kamakwie, Kamawornie, York, and Freetown. 

You can see photos of the distribution in Kamawornie and local news coverage at https://youtu.be/q0gfOxWmrnM


These school tables and chairs will aid learning and enhance classroom academic performance.  We are very thankful to Sevier County Schools and to YOU for helping with shipping costs.

Making a monthly donation is the most effective way to help future leaders get their education, but every dollar donated makes a difference! 

If you haven't had the chance to sign up for a recurring donation yet, we warmly welcome your ongoing support. If you have any questions, please email us at GlobalGiving@developafrica.org.

 

Warm regards, 

Amy and the Develop Africa team  

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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
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Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States
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