Educate the Future Leaders of Sierra Leone

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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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
Joshua - at Door of Hope
Joshua - at Door of Hope

We are delighted to share with you a special appreciation video clip from Joshua - The Director of Door of Hope. Joshua is a key member of our team in Sierra leone.

In the video he says to YOU, GlobalGiving donors - that your help has made a LOT of difference in the lives of the kids.  He goes on to explain that through the support that we have provided (in the form of books, school and teaching supplies, compensation for the After School Program Instructors), has helped the children become successful in school. In the past year all of the children who attended the lessons were successful and were promoted to the next class or form.  

This is worth celebrating and we appreciate you so much for helping to make this possible!  We could not have done this without YOUR support.

We are together truly helping the kids become successful.  We are helping to educate the next generation of leaders.  

Thanks so much for your support that has made a HUGE difference!

Watch the 90 seconds video now.





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Group of excited scholarship beneficiaries
Group of excited scholarship beneficiaries

THANK YOU for being a dream-maker!  You helped to make the dream of on-going education come true.

We recently provided a new round of scholarships to deserving children in Sierra Leone. The families were extremely appreciative of the support that you helped make happen.  The scholarships are enabling them to continue their education.  

The children were excited to receive the scholarships.  Together with their families, they pledged to do their best to succeed in school.

We were touched by their enthusiasm, hope and courage.  We are indeed grateful to be part of making their dream come true - another year of education!  

The children attend different schools throughout Freetown with ages ranging from 8 to 19 years old.  Some of the Freetown beneficiaries and other located in the provinces were not able to attend the award ceremony.  Some of the children come from families that were displaced as a result of the rebel war.  For some of them, one of two or their siblings are not in school due to financial hardship.  

Without your support, this would not have happened. 

We have found out that the provision of educational assistance in the form of scholarships directly addresses the all-too-common situation where parents are not able to cover school fees and related costs such as uniforms. By providing financial assistance, we are helping to ensure that the children stay in school.   This is helping to shape their lives and prepare them for a better future.  We additionally follow up with the families to ensure that the children attend school and maintain good grades.

We are so very grateful for your previous and on-going support!  THANK YOU once more for helping to make their dreams come true. 

Have you heard?  Today is #GivingTuesday ... and your donations to this project today will be matched 100% by Microsoft.  This will be a great way 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 now.  There are 89 deserving children on our scholarship waiting list and we would like to provide scholarships to all of them.  Your donation will help make the dream of education come true for one of these precious children.  Please help!

Please 
make your donation of $25, $50 or $100 now or as early as you can today to ensure that we get matching funds. Thanks so much for your support!

Make your donation now!

 

scholarship beneficiary
scholarship beneficiary
smiling scholarship beneficiary
smiling scholarship beneficiary

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Karim - budding leader
Karim - budding leader

Karim was born in a village called Boya in the Mile 91 area North of Sierra Leone. His father, Joseph, was the main provider of his family.  Joseph unfortunately lost his job shortly after Karim was born.  Then due to a prolonged heart condition he had suffered, a year later, he passed away.  Karim, Sulaiman (his elder brother) and his mother, Isata, then moved to Freetown. Karim started his schooling two years after their relocation.  

About 3 years ago, after a series of mishaps, Isata mysteriously abandoned them and ran away from home.  She has since not been seen.  Karim now stays with his elder brother in a single bedroom apartment with no running water and electricity.  Sulaiman is unemployed and relies on people with building renovation work to make a living.  Karim loves to go to school and he has excellent grades. He is an avid reader.  He has a cheerful personality and is a role model - not just to younger children, but also the older children.   He also enjoys helping out with community activities – coaching younger children etc.

Karim’s condition is typical of many of the children in Africa – broken families – living in poverty and at risk of dropping out of school.  With such a background, you can understand how important it is for him to continue his schooling – and your support is making that possible.  Without the support that YOU help provide - that takes care of his schooling - his future is unsecure and bleak.  Given that his brother is currently unemployed your support made a huge difference in ensuring he stayed in school last academic year.  It's a joy to know that we made a difference - helping to cover yet another leg of his education.

The new school year starts very soon and together we will continue to support Karim's education.  We additionally have over 200 new children that have approached us asking for education support.  We would love to provide a scholarship for each of these children and your donation of $100 will help keep 1 child in school.  Without your support many of them will drop out of school - as their parents are not in a position to cover their tuition and related school costs. 
  
Please make your best donation today toward giving hope, education and a brighter future for Karim and these precious children.  Let's send 200 more children to school together - bringing hope and a bright future!

Got any ideas on how we can raise additional funding to cover the education of these 200 children?  We would love to hear from you.  You could for instance hold a special fundraiser or create a fundraising page on GlobalGiving. If you need more information on how to do so, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Thanks for your support! 

Karim and brother, Sulaiman
Karim and brother, Sulaiman
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Children at December party
Children at December party

Warm greetings

It's with joy that we share this report with you.  This report provides a summary story of hope and change. In the year 2012, partly thanks to your support, following amazing things happened:

  • Thousands of pens and pencils, books, exercise books and other school materials were provided
  • Tens of children received scholarships and tuition assistance.  This has enabled some children to go to school for the first time
  • 65 youths received life-changing leadership training at a special conference

Personally, I can attest to the value of education and the role that education has played in my life.  I have an graduate degree and this helped to prepare me for the roles I occupy today and also helped open many doors.  I also strongly believe in on-going training and self-development.  With this background I was particularly touched when I saw Joshua's video.

In this video, Joshua, the Director of Door of Hope, expresses thanks and appreciation to donors of Develop Africa and other organizations that have helped to provide scholarships to children in the Door of Hope community.   He explains that the families of the children are so grateful for the kindness of donors.  Because of and thanks to the assistance provided, some of those parents were previously unable to provide school fees for their children have now been able to send their children to school.  Today their kids are going to school and some of them came first / took first place in their classes academically.  This provision is truly wonderful.

Take a couple minutes to watch Joshua's thank you video.

So it was particularly heart-warming to learn that without our support, some children would not be in school today.  
Our support made the difference and provided the answer to their need!  Together we helped make change and school happen! 

Thanks for helping us make change happen and send children to school!


Children at Door of Hope
Children at Door of Hope

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Thank you from Janet  -  an upcoming leader
Thank you from Janet - an upcoming leader

Here is a feel-good report that I just received from Freetown:

"Thanks be to God for Develop Africa and its donor partners who have brought hope and dignity to the lives of many children and their families. Sponsorships from your generous donations continue to help children in Sierra Leone to forge ahead with their education and prepare them for a brighter future. Indeed without your sponsorship, many of these children would never have darkened the walls of  schools, whiles very few would barely have made it at primary level.

Students and their families are deeply grateful to donors who have opened a door of hope for them. Indeed your sponsorship is a lifelong assistance to the children and Sierra Leone as a whole. May God richly bless you all as you strive to develop our children into useful citizens."

This report includes a photo of Janet - one of the rising leaders receiving sponsorship funds through this project. We are continually pumped and excited about being able to together help rising leaders like Janet forge ahead with their education.  Our support is creating a definite and unchangeable bright future!  It sure feels good to be a change maker!  Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world".

Giving Tuesday: Have you ever heard about Giving Tuesday: 
#GivingTuesday will run on November 27, 2012 from 12:01 AM ET (what time in your city?) to 11:59 PM ET November 27, 2012. This year Microsoft is matching donations made to our microprojects - http://bit.ly/giveyouth by credit card or PayPal at 50% donations.  This is a great way to invest in further change.  Please join us and donate as early as you can on that date (after 12:01 am to ensure we secure matching funds. 

 Thanks so much for your support and best wishes.





 

group photo of some scholarship recipients
group photo of some scholarship recipients

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Sylvester Renner
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