Empower Youths Through Computer Skills Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
Develop Africa Training Institute
Develop Africa Training Institute

Happy New Year!

Thankfully, last year we together made significant progress towards completing the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute and the room that will house our new computer lab - both still under construction.   We are delighted with the progress that we have achieved together and are so excited about this new training platform.  Thanks to YOUR support we have come a very long way!

Included with this report are

  • a photo showing the outside of the building 
  • a photo showing the inside of the lab
  • Photos of some of the kids at the Institute
  • 2 links where you can see several additional photos showing both the building and the computer lab

Thanks in part to your kind assistance, we have come a mighty long way!  The launching of the computer lab is in sight - and just around the corner. We can do this together in 2014!  

At this point we need an additional $12,500 to finish the room and purchase the
computer desks and chairs, computers, a podium, document scanner, overhead projector and printer.  

We would be so grateful if you could join us launch the lab and complete this final lap.  Your donation of $50 today will help us get there.

This will provide a training opportunity for hundreds of children and youth in the community - like those pictured in this report.  Thank so much for your support!


Children at DAETI
Children at DAETI
Children learning in Sierra Leone
Children learning in Sierra Leone
Learning outside DAETI
Learning outside DAETI
Girls with potential
Girls with potential
inside computer lab
inside computer lab


Safiatu - computer training beneficiary
Safiatu - computer training beneficiary

Her'e a brief video from Safiatu. Thanks to your support she received computer training. YOU helped to provide this training was a huge benefit to her.

Safiatu is a leader of a local youth organization in Freetown.  She tells us in the video that she now knows "how to use computers much more than" she did previously.  

This is a huge step forward - as we all know that the more proficient you are the better you can benefit from computer technology.  She further tells us in the video:

It is different now and I have much more insight.  I am personally happy for the teaching and exposure that I have received.  I would like to say a big “Thank You” to everybody who helped to provide this training.  I would like to say thank you for the greater ability that I have gained.  I will be able to do a lot more.   

YOU, through your support
, made this possible and we are deeply grateful for your support. Thank you and thank you!

We have received several requests for additional training.  Can you help us purchase the needed energy-efficient computers.  Please make a donation of $50 today towards this. Thanks for your support!  

You can also help by helping us fundraise right here on GlobalGiving.  It's easy to do and a great way to help expand your impact.  Feel free to contact us for more information. 

Thanks again for all you do - helping us empower lives in Africa!



Dolly using the first computer provided
Dolly using the first computer provided

Over the past years we have had to rent computer labs each time that we offered training.  The equipment available in the rental facilities has been inconsistent and imperfect relative to our purposes.  Also the room layouts have not been ideal.  With this in mind, we determined that the best solution would be to house our own facilities.  This offers several advantages including the ability to have more frequent sessions and also to have the equipment – both hardware and software that better suited our purposes.

I am delighted to report that we have made significant progress towards this.  The computer lab will be housed in the almost-completed Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute.  The structure of the room that will be housing the computer lab is ready.  We have also been able to purchase the first computer and the photos included in this report show Dolly, one of the youths using the computer – provided through the GlobalGiving / Give for Youth Partnership.

The youths and young adults and the community in general have been observing the progress excitedly and are eager to see it completed and to start using the new computer lab.  This lab will help us basic computer training free for hundreds of people.

What we finally need to do now is to fully furnish the room – in terms of 15 computer desks and chairs, 15 computers, a podium, document scanner, overhead projector and printer.  We are hoping to complete this by the end of the year and estimate that this project will take around $20,000 to complete. 
Strike a chord? Does this resonate with you in any way?  Would you be interested in being a part of making this happen in any way?  We would love to hear from you and be so grateful if you could join us in this worthy venture.  Together we will help to prepare hundreds of people in the community for success in our computer-aided society. 

How you can help:

  • Help us fundraise for this project – creating a fundraiser here on GlobalGiving.   Through the fundraiser, you can invite your friends and family to support this worthy project.  If you would like to get involved and support this project in any way – feel free to contact Sylvester directly at syl – at – developafrica.org. 
  • Sign up for a recurring donation to this project.  Now through March 28, GlobalGiving is offering a one-time, 100% match of any new recurring donation.  This would be a great way to help us take this project to the next level.   Sign up now to start your recurring donation - helping to provide the computer training for hundreds of youths!   Read more about the conditions here - http://bit.ly/YH1xXM

Thanks so much for your support and best of wishes

some of the chldren who will benefit from the lab
some of the chldren who will benefit from the lab
Joshua - computer training
Joshua - computer training

Warm greetings

Over the past years we have had the opportunity to offer computer training to many youths and young adults. In the last session, the training was offered to several leaders in local Civil Society Organizations.  The rationale behind this is capacity building: Besides helping to empower the beneficiaries themselves, we are also strengthening and empowering organizations that they lead.   This triggered a multiplier effect and doubled our impact.  We are delighted to be able to make this effect.

In the video, Joshua and Jusu extend their thanks and gratitude to Develop Africa, AID Sierra Leone (local partner organization) and all who made the training possible.  This includes you - as a donor to this project and we are grateful for your support that helped make this possible.

The training was very beneficial to the participants as it helped them expand their knowledge and advance their skills.  As Joshua, one of the beneficiaries says in the Youtube video, "there were so many things I did not know about (using a) computer but because of this training been extended to me I am really grateful”.  The lives of the trainees will never be the same again because of the vital skills they have acquired.

Thanks for joining us in providing this empowering training! 


2 young adults learning MS Word and Excel
2 young adults learning MS Word and Excel

It's always a joy to share the good news of our joint impact  - and what better way to learn of this than to watch and hear it in a video directly from the beneficiaries themselves

Here's a link to a new video where the beneficiaries tell the story themselves - just added in the last 24 hours to Youtube.  It's less than 2 minutes long - watch it now - http://youtu.be/vP0tjSjK0ew.

The training that we are providing is definitely, much appreciated as the beneficiaries are learning vital skills.  As Wuyatta says in the video, "I can now proudly say that I know how to make invoices, ID cards and so many things.  I have also learned so many things about computers that I didn’t know before."

She concludes by saying: "I want to say I am really grateful. I also want to thank the sponsors of this program and I pray that they will continue to do such a good job." 

More information and full report is available on Develop Africa's website - http://bit.ly/pctrain12

This training was targeted at supporting key members of several Civil Society Organizations with the intent that this would help to further develop these organizations. There is a huge demand for this and we plan to offer expanded sessions in the near future

Thanks so much for helping to make a difference in their lives.

taking notes during computer training
taking notes during computer training
focused computer learning
focused computer learning



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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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