Empower Youths Through Computer Skills Training

 
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Alfred - at computer school
Alfred - at computer school

Dear Project Supporters,

Due to the health emergency imposed by the Government of Sierra Leone to control the Ebola epidemic, no form of academic activities was allowed for youths in the Wellington Upper Mellon and Beccle Street community.

We are happy to report that the restrictions were lifted in March 2015 and schools and other learning institutions started functioning again.

Beneficiaries Alfred and Marion were seriously engaged in computer training before the Ebola epidemic hit Sierra Leone.

Unfortunately Marion was not able to continue training because financial reasons required that she assist her aunt’s business in petty trading.

Alfred completed the program on Word and Excel and he is now learning Computerized Accounting together with Joshua. This training will help them learn how businesses and other organizations record their finances and will increase their chances of gaining employment once they complete the course.

They expressed their thanks and appreciation to GlobalGiving for this opportunity to acquire computer training.

“It is the pathway of a dream come true” Joshua said. Joshua wants to be a professional accountant. “Given this opportunity is a great step towards fulfilling that dream. The help I was waiting for has finally come.”

Joshua and Alfred are delighted to attend classes 3 times a week. YOUR kindness has changed the community perception of them. They are no longer idle.

Thank YOU so much for your continued support.

Best Regards,
Develop Africa team

Alfred happily learning accounting
Alfred happily learning accounting
Joshua - making progress with computer training
Joshua - making progress with computer training
Joshua at school
Joshua at school
Kadiatu is practicing new computer skills
Kadiatu is practicing new computer skills

Kadiatu and Shieka are practicing what they have learned from Alfred, the computer trainee Develop Africa sponsored. Alfred is accomplishing his goal to pass on his computer knowledge to other youths after he completed his training. He gave an assignment to Kadiatu and Shieka on Word Processing.

Alfred wants to help other youths be prepared for opportunities made available to them after the Ebola crisis ends and suspended academic activities in Sierra Leone resume.

We first introduced Alfred in our September 10, 2014, project report titled "Meet Alfred - An Aspiring Teacher-In-Training".

Alfred volunteers at the Door of Hope After School Program and he aspires to be a School Principal. Becoming computer literate is one of his dreams. We covered the cost of his training classes in MS Office software applications.

Thank YOU for providing Alfred the opportunity to impact others.

We have come a very long way! Hundreds of children and youth in the community will benefit from the opportunity to train at the computer lab because of YOUR generosity. Their dreams of becoming computer literate are coming true!

YOUR donations make this happen!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa team

Shieka focuses as he learns
Shieka focuses as he learns
Kadiatu is a keen learner
Kadiatu is a keen learner
Alfred - sponsored teacher-in-training
Alfred - sponsored teacher-in-training
Alfred and Marion - Computer Trainees
Alfred and Marion - Computer Trainees

Two computer trainees, Alfred and Marion, have completed training in Microsoft Word - word processing. Further training in Excel, Access and PowerPoint were delayed due to the Ebola outbreak.

For Alfred, receiving computer training helps him become proficient and able to provide training to other youths in computer skills when the computer lab is functional. And, it will help him to build on his ability to be an efficient School Principal in the future.

For Marion, receiving computer training helps her aspiration to be successful in college and in her future career goal practicing law.  

Alfred and Marion are very grateful for the computer training they received and say "Thank You" to GlobalGiving donors for their support.

With YOUR generous support, very soon hundreds of children and youth in the community will benefit from the opportunity to train at the computer lab. Their dreams of becoming computer literate will soon be a reality!

Alfred is a teacher-in-training who volunteers at the Door of Hope After School Program, rendering service to children in the Wellington community environs. He is enthusiastic about giving back to the children in the community and is a great leader.

He aspires to be a School Principal and becoming computer proficient is one of his dreams.  Together we are making this dream come true.  We are covering the costs of training classes for Alfred in MS Office software applications. He plans to help train other youths in computer skills when the computer lab is functional.

For Alfred, having the opportunity to learn MS Office software applications and other computer skills will help to build on his ability to be an efficient School Principal. He is also interested in law, and is smart and very accommodating.

Thanks to YOU, we have come a very long way! With YOUR generous support, very soon hundreds of children and youth in the community will benefit from the opportunity to train at the computer lab.  Their dreams of becoming computer literate will soon be a reality!

network cabinet
network cabinet

Imagine living with ZERO or limited access to computers! 

This is what life is like for Marion (pictured) and hundreds of other disadvantaged youths in the Wellington community in Freetown.

Marion just completed her West African Senior Secondary School Examination and is awaiting her results to hopefully start university. She would like to become a lawyer.  She wants to become computer proficient as this will help her both when in college and also when practicing law.  

This Wednesday June 25th is Bonus Day, YOU can help Marion become computer proficient. YOU can help make her dreams and those of hundreds of other youths come true.  Access to this computer lab and the Internet will open up a world of learning, growth and self-advancement opportunities for the beneficiaries. 

Beginning Wednesday at NOON (EDT) until funds run out or June 26th at 11:59 AM, YOUR donation of any amount up to $1000 will be matched dollar for dollar by Microsoft YouthSpark, allowing for an even bigger impact on the youth we serve together!  Together we will create a new future for Marion and the other youths.

Please save the date / time and join us in helping to open a new portal of learning.

Also included in this report are photos of the network cabinet and complete wiring in the computer lab. Over the past 2 weeks we completed wiring of the computer lab for a local area network. It's wonderful to see the room falling into place - almost ready for the computers that YOU will hopefully help provide. Thanks so much for your help! 

With much excitement and gratitude...

wiring of local network is complete
wiring of local network is complete
Marion - youth looking forward to the computer lab
Marion - youth looking forward to the computer lab
Ansumana, Alfred and Marion
Ansumana, Alfred and Marion

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Organization

Develop Africa, Inc.

Johnson City, Tennessee, United States
http://www.developafrica.org

Project Leader

Sylvester Renner

Founder
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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