Dear Project Supporters,
A month or so ago, schools resumed in Sierra Leone. The recent flooding caused schools to be closed for a few days - but schools are back in full swing.
The kids are excited to be progressing in a new school year. Education continues to be very highly valued in this former British colony.
The country is still under an Ebola watch. Thankfully, no single Ebola case was reported in schools during the last school term. The authorities are very vigilant and working hard to ensure that schools remain safe. Schools are continuing to enforce hand washing and temperature screening measures.
One of the kids that your support helps provide supplies for is Hassanatu. Hassanatu lives with her mother along with 4 other children. Her mother lacks a stable income, making life difficult for the family. Hassanatu would like to be a Nurse when she grows up. She is very helpful at home - and sweeps and wash dishes.
Because of YOU, children like Hassanatu are receiving the education they need to be successful in life.
Thank YOU so much for your continued support.
Develop Africa team
Dear Project Supporters
As you may know, June 16th every year is commemorated as the Day of the African Child (DAC) by Member States of the African Union (AU), and its Partners as follows:
This year we took the time to commemorate the day at the new Dream Home for Ebola Orphans. Our goal was to pass on the message of sharing to them and to also help them realize that as children they are very important and valued. We used the opportunity to share with the orphans briefly about the origin of the DAC and to also pass on the importance of education.
Food was prepared to commemorate the program held at the school that they attend. The kids also gathered flowers to remember those that have passed away. The kids enjoyed eating Foofoo (a local dish).
The After School Lesson program at Door of Hope has experienced tremendous growth in the past 2-3 months. On July 1st, 2015, we registered over 240 students!
The children are clearly benefitting from the lessons and the school materials that YOU are helping to provide. Thanks to your support, we have also been able to purchase additional benches for the kids to sit own. We still need more benches to keep up with the growth. We are delighted that we can help to strengthen the education of these kids - the next generation.
Save The Date: On July 15th, starting at 9:00 am Eastern US Time, donations on GlobalGiving USA and GlobalGiving UK will be matched at 50%. This would be an ideal time to make your donation go even further and we welcome your support. Your $50 donation will go towards providing scholarships for these deserving kids.
Thanks so much for your support.
The Develop Africa team
Dear project supporters
We are so very excited to report that your kids go back to school in 2 weeks! Schools as you know, have been closed for all of the academic year so far (since September 2014 because of Ebola). Schools were initially scheduled to reopen at end of March - but this was postponed by 2 weeks to April 14.
Do you remember the days when you were eager to go back to school? Then, you can imagine how eager the kids must be to go back to school. They are super excited to restart school and further their education.
Did you know that in many instances, children have not been able to go to school because their parents have not able to provide uniforms for them?
Thankfully, your kids will not be frustrated or hindered because of the lack of uniforms. Since the last report, we have together raised $650. With these funds, in the past 6 weeks, we have provided uniforms and shoes for over 15 kids. You can see some of the kids with uniforms in the photos included in this report and at the following link - kids with new uniforms.
Thanks to YOUR support, they are going back to school smartly dressed and looking great!
We believe that no kid should have to miss a day or week or month of school because they do not have school uniforms. Your support has made this possible and we are so grateful for your kind assistance.
The Develop Africa Team
As we mentioned in the last project report, due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed in Sierra Leone - with no projected re-opening date. Along with the kids, we are eagerly awaiting the reopening of schools. With this in mind, we are making advance preparations. We definitely want to be prepared, as families need our support now more than ever before.
Thanks in part to YOUR support, the last consignment of supplies of 3 huge boxes is being distributed. In the included photos you can see a number of children with their back packs / school bags - full of school supplies. The students photographed, who are beneficiaries of our project in Freetown, were happy, motivated and inspired by the supplies they received. This provision of the vital learning tools will equip them as they learn and develop to become the future leaders of Sierra Leone.
Thank you so much for helping to make this a reality through YOUR support. Your support is truly helping to raise the next generation of leaders and ensure a brighter future for Africa.
Meet Emmanuel. Emmanuel is a pupil of the Vickray's Community primary school and he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He is already a leader and an example to the younger kids in his community. Emmanuel likes to entertain and make people laugh. He is also a good student. His favorite subject is mathematics and his favorite activity is soccer. He has one brother and one sister. His duties at home are to wash dishes, fetch water and tidy the house.
Your support helps Emmanuel, and kids like him, further their education. This is helping them make the necessary and steady educational progress towards their future dreams. Thanks to your support, Emmanuel is progressing towards his goal of becoming a doctor. Your donations also help provide his 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 - now more than ever before. Business has slowed down considerably in Sierra Leone and many business have shut down. The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive. The immediate future is bleak.
During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance and benefits of getting an education. We did this in order to keep the concept of schooling current in their minds. Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to the kids. 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! This presents a great opportunity for your donation to go even further - with matching funds.
Your donation on October 15th will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for budding leaders like Emmanuel. Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a great school year!
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