Educate the Next Generation of Leaders in Freetown

by Develop Africa, Inc.
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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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Girl looking a book
Girl looking a book

Dear Project Supporters

We are delighted to share an update - with photos showing the books and school supplies - that we were able to ship and distribute using funds that YOU provided. 

As you know, the quality of education that children receive is affected to a very large degree by the supporting environment. This environment includes the access to essential learning materials - books and school supplies. Consequently, we regularly focus our efforts on strengthening schools as we realize that this is a great way to ensure that kids receive a better education.

We shipped 6 drums and 4 pallets of books, school supplies and teacher resources. Included in this shipment was a large collection of items from a school district that was moving to a different curriculum for math and reading.  The reading curriculum included teacher materials as well as student materials from Houghlin Mifflin. 

Thanks to YOUR support we were able to provide this free to the following schools in Sierra Leone. We deeply appreciate YOUR support which made this possible.  

  • Edmond Mosh Davies Memorial Primary School
  • Thompson Bay Elementary School
  • Pilgrims of God Church School
  • Vickrays Community Primary School
  • United Brethren Academy School

The schools in Sierra Leone have closed for the Christmas break and the kids are enjoying a brief vacation before school reopens in January.

Your donation or gift today will enable us to provide additional scholarships to the students on our waiting list. Your generous year-end donation of $100 will provide the gift of education and a brighter future for 1 child. This will help cover educational expenses such as uniforms, school-related charges etc.  A great way to bring JOY and share love!

We wish you a very happy holiday season!


Warmest regards

The Develop Africa Team

kids with books at Thompson Bay school
kids with books at Thompson Bay school
Kids with books at Edmond Mosh Davies school
Kids with books at Edmond Mosh Davies school
pallets of books
pallets of books
Kids with books at Pilgrims of God Church School
Kids with books at Pilgrims of God Church School

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Hassanatu
Hassanatu

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.

Bests 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
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