Educate the Next Generation of Leaders in Freetown

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Daniel Valentine thankful for the support
Daniel Valentine thankful for the support

Dear Project Supporters,

Thank you for your ongoing support to the Future Leaders in Freetown.  You are truly making an impact on the lives of the children by giving them the education they need to be the future leaders.

One of the students in Freetown, Daniel Valentine, sent a thank you video expressing his appreciation for the support he has received.  Your donations helped to cover his tuition, uniforms, books and school supplies. We are so thankful that we are together supporting his passion for educating and improving himself.

In the video, Daniel Valentine says "I love going to school. Thank you for your support! "

Thank you again for your gift of education to the future leaders in Freetown!  We are confident that the future of Sierra Leone is so much brighter as we together help to raise the future leaders.

With much appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

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The children were delighted to receive the books
The children were delighted to receive the books

Dear Project Supporters,

Your donations are making a positive impact on the next generation of leaders in Freetown. Thanks to your support we have been able to send and distribute books and school supplies to the United Methodist Church Primary School at George Brook, Freetown.  

Please watch the video of the United Methodist Church Primary School students singing their school song and excitedly accepting the books.

An article in the Huffington Post caught our attention that we would like to share: 

"Unless we change course, nearly half the world’s children born this year will end their school years without the basic skills needed for the global labor market in 2030. And come the middle of the century, one African child in three will leave school without completing their basic secondary education. By then, Korea, Japan and Taiwan will deliver higher educational opportunity for 80 percent or more of their school leavers while the Central African Republic, Congo and Niger will, at best, struggle to reach five per cent."

Together we believe we can change these statistics.  This mission is possible.  We are changing lives and destinies, one child at a time.  

We appreciate your continued support as we educate the future leaders of Freetown.  Help us change the predictions that only 5% of African children will have the opportunity to attend school.  Help us make sure no child is left behind.  Thank you!

With great appreciation,
The Develop Africa Team

They are ready to learn with their new books
They are ready to learn with their new books

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Suad - improved grades at school
Suad - improved grades at school

Dear project partners,

Many kids in Sierra Leone are the first kids in their family history / generation to go to school.  These kids do not receive any educational support (with homework, educational counselling etc.) from their parents.

The UNDP summary of Sierra Leone states that ... "illiteracy remains a persistent challenge and youth that lack that skills and education find it extremely difficult to compete for the limited jobs available".  The article estimates the adult illiteracy rate at 41%.

On one hand, this is simply disheartening.  On the other hand, this presents to us an exciting opportunity to be able to bring meaningful change, one life at a time.  This excites us tremendously.

In July, I had the opportunity to visit Sierra Leone and evaluate the economy, needs, mentality and our impact.  I found out that Sierra Leoneans are happy that the Ebola epidemic is behind them. In conversations with close to 100 people, I observed passion, the will to progress and a burning desire to enhance and improve themselves. Amongst other things, they specifically asked for support with microfinance and school fees. 

Covering school expenses is crucial as it removes the primary reason why kids drop out of school.  This is one of the best ways we can help Sierra Leone recover.  

Education continues to be one of the governmental priorities.  We are excited that we can together be part of boosting education and helping Sierra Leone recover.

Thanks to YOUR support, we also continue to offer coaching lessons at the After School Lesson Program.  This meets a vital need particularly for kids who are the first in her family to go to school.  

Suad (pictured) is one of the girls who attends regularly.  She is now almost 8 years old.  She is a pupil in the Vickrays Community Primary School and she is in class three. As a result of the lessons, Suad's performance in school has greatly improved. She has been attending this lesson for about seven months.  When asked what she learns from the most, she said she really benefits from the Social Studies lesson.

Our support is making a visible difference - helping kids to stay in school and enhancing their academic progress while in school.  

The new academic year starts this month.  We have over 50 kids on our waiting list.  

Please join us today in ensuring one more kid stays in school by donating $100.  Thanks for your support!

With very warm regards

Sylvester and the Develop Africa team

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Fatmata & Mabinty with new supplies
Fatmata & Mabinty with new supplies

Dear project partners

Thanks to your ongoing generosity students at an additional school are now using new books and supplies. These supplies are strengthening the educational foundation of kids at the UMC Calaba Town Nursery / Primary School. There are 160 pupils in the school, aged 3 - 16.  

The kids and teachers were delighted to receive the supplies.  Joyce Kosseh, the Head Teacher, sent a letter expressing her appreciation - available here.  We are so excited about the opportunity that we have to help build a stronger generation of leaders in Sierra Leone. 

See more photos of book distribution at school

Schools are still in session in Sierra Leone and will close in July.  The children are looking forward to their break.

A new batch of school supplies and books was recently shipped and will arrive as the summer closes and the children get ready to start the new school year.  

Your continued generosity and support is what enables us to continue to help educate these future leaders of Sierra Leone.

Thank YOU for making a difference!

Warmest Regards,
The Develop Africa Team

Ready for summer break
Ready for summer break
Drums of supplies on their way
Drums of supplies on their way
Outside the school - holding the books
Outside the school - holding the books
Several boxes delivered
Several boxes delivered
kids In class at the school
kids In class at the school
More kids outside the school - full of potential
More kids outside the school - full of potential

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After School Lesson Program
After School Lesson Program

Dear Project Supporters,

On Wednesday March 9th, 2016, there were 87 children present for the After School Lesson Program - supported through YOUR donations. While this was a good number of kids, this number is considered low attendance.

The current drop in attendance is due to the fact that schools are in an examination season. Many kids are home preparing for their exams. The current exams are to mark the end of first term in this 2 term academic year. We are expecting to have a surge in attendance when schools reopen in April for the last semester in the 2016 school year.

The program diligently continues to help children better understand their regular schooling. This increases their comprehension and promoting chances. We concentrate on the school syllabus approved by the Ministry of Education to support children’s education.

This week, we have placed emphasis on the revision of what the kids have learned in the various subjects - especially the subjects that will be tested the following days.

You can see the kids that you help to support in this video. In these coaching lessons, the kids receive special coaching, at different levels, to strengthen their comprehension and educational foundation. The kids are able to ask questions and learn at their own pace.

Your donation and support play a vital role - providing the supplies (notebooks, pencils, chalk etc.), benches and the stipends paid to the teachers each month.

March Pro-Rated Bonus Day!

GlobalGiving is putting up $75,000 in matching funds. Starting at 09:00:00 EDT on March 16th, all donations received from donors until midnight are eligible to be matched. Make your donation go further when you donate on March 16th.

Thank YOU so much for your continued support.

Best Regards,

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
$17,066 raised of $25,000 goal
 
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