As you may know, one of the areas that Develop Africa focuses on is providing the essential tools, training and resources that people in the developing world need to better themselves. This project focuses on the specific area of providing computer training for youths - who otherwise have limited or no access to computers or training.
One of the deserving youths that we have been working with is Christiana. She has received a scholarship through another GlobalGiving project and also is a leadership mentee. She volunteers with Door of Hope and helps to mentor and encourage children in the community. Christina would like to be a banker.
Christiana is eagerly looking forward to the launching of the new computer lab that will be set up hopefully in the next year. Currently, the floor for the lab has been completed – as you can see from the photo accompanying this report. We have made tremendous strides over past year and YOU have been a huge part of making this progress happen. Your support is helping to prepare a great future for the youths. The building completion and floor tiling would not have happened without your support. Thanks again!
Save the date: On Wednesday June 25, 2014, 12:00PM EDT - June 26, 2014 11:59AM EDT Microsoft will be matching donations to this project at 100%! Your donation of $50 will be doubled to $100! This is a wonderful opportunity to make your donation go further. This will help us purchase the much-needed computer that Christiana and the other youths will use. Thanks for helping to make the dream of computer training come true for the youths. We appreciate you!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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