Empower Girls, Provide Computer Training

by Develop Africa, Inc.
FAWE girl computer lab
FAWE girl computer lab

Dear Project Supporters,

The girls at FAWE have benefited tremendously from training and YOU made this happen!

The computer lab is now running on electricity provided by the acquisition of an electric meter and hookup to National Power. This has eliminated the need to use a generator and has greatly reduced the noise level. It is a welcomed improvement for the lab's learning environment.

The students have received computer training covering a wide range of topics, such as:

  • Different operating systems - Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7
  • Parts of the computer system hardware
  • Identifying input and output devices
  • Functions of the mouse - pointing, clicking, double-clicking, right-clicking and dragging
  • Types of keyboards
  • How to create and format documents using word processing software
  • How to use the Internet and Wikipedia to learn more about searching for different subjects - Mathematics, English, Social Studies, General Science, Agriculture Science, etc. - as required in the Sierra Leone school syllabus

YOUR continued support is greatly appreciated. With your help we have repaired damaged furniture used in the computer lab.  After being closed for over 8 months due to the Ebola crisis, schools have reopened.  Our computer classes have resumed and the girls are eagerly learning again. We need your help with providing the students with on-going computer training.  Your $25.00 donation will provide a computer training manual for 5 girls. 

On May 13th at 9AM until Midnight EDT - Give and get matched on GlobalGiving BONUS DAY as a great way to make your donations go even further.  GlobalGiving is matching EVERY eligible donation on Bonus Day - in the first-ever Pro-Rated Bonus Day.  All donations up to $1,000 per donor per project will be matched.

Thanks so much. We appreciate YOU!

Best Wishes,

Develop Africa Team

FAWE Girls
FAWE Girls
Girls playing at FAWE school
Girls playing at FAWE school

We so happy to report that schools in Sierra Leone will tentatively reopen in March after being closed for eight months due to the Ebola outbreak. Students have been off from school for nearly a year.

The tide is turning against the Ebola crisis. The World Health Organization recently reported that Ebola cases are rapidly decreasing. The number of new cases has declined steadily over the past 6 weeks.  The outbreak has been the worst on record, with Sierra Leone being the most affected.

When school reopens, we will be resuming our computer classes.  We are eager to restart training and we know the girls are eager to get back in school.  More than ever before, we must support our girls as we work together to build a new and better Sierra Leone.

Your support will help give our girls a better technology foundation - which will help open the road to a better future for the girls, their community and the nation. Your involvement will help make this happen.

Do you know any Latin: Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin aphorism, usually translated as "A sound mind in a sound body."  We have been encouraging the total development of our girls and we represented you at the sports competition for the girls - which took place last year.  

The video will give you a view into another part of their world and you will see glimpses of the National Stadium in Brookfields, Freetown. Watch our girls - full of energy and having fun! 

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Thanks so much for your on-going support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!

sports competition - at National Stadium
sports competition - at National Stadium
playing musical chairs
playing musical chairs


FAWE Girls Academic Year Completed
FAWE Girls Academic Year Completed

The number of girls receiving computer training at FAWE for the 2013/2014 academic year reached a record high of 84 pupils; from 56 attending the previous year.

Students learned computer operating systems, were familiarized about computer components and input/output devices, and trained how to perform word processing software functions including creating documents.

Wifi access was provided through the Ministry of Education which enabled the girls to learn how to research school topics online to help improve their academic performance.

We also received the provision of an electric meter and power facility which allowed the reduction of noise that was caused by using a generator.

We are thankful and proud of the progress the school and girls have made. With YOUR support, FAWE is able to continue to improve the lives of girls by helping them to become computer literate and self-sufficient.

We look forward to an even better year when schools reopen from Ebola closing,

FAWE Girl Computer Training
FAWE Girl Computer Training
Adolpha in computer lab
Adolpha in computer lab

At what age did you learn how to format text on a computer?  Yes - we know times have changed and that kids today are learning at much earlier ages.  

That said, we are delighted that girls like Adolpha are becoming computer savvy and learning at earlier ages.  This is amazing given that tens of thousands of children in Africa do not have access to this type of free training.  

Watch video of Adolpha - the new computer savvy girl!

Why do girls like Adolpha have access to this training?  Because of YOU and YOUR support!  You are making a difference and making this happen!

We all know that computer literacy is so very important today.  The fact that Adolpha and other girls like her have access to this training is outstanding.  We are providing a powerful jump start.  It means she is empowered and will have an excellent platform as she continues her education.   No more struggling to learn how to use a computer when she is in college.  Adolpha will be an expert and super-fast, thanks to you.

You truly made the difference!

We wanted to let you know of a fabulous opportunity to continue to make a difference.  
Today, July 16th is a special Bonus Matching Day and your donations to this project will be matched at 50%, up to $1000. 

  • Bonus Day begins at 9:00 am EDT on July 16th, 2014 (time in your city) and ends at 11:59 pm EDT on July 16th, 2014.
  • There is $130,000 in matching funds available.
  • Online donations of up to $1,000 per individual donor per project are eligible to be matched at 50% 

Thanks so much for joining us in empowering Adolpha and many more girls like her!

Adolpha formats text in computer tab
Adolpha formats text in computer tab



Did you know that you are amazing!  We simply could not do what we are doing without your on-going help.  
This is the message that Joshua passes on this special appreciation video clip. Joshua is the Director of Door of Hope and a key member of our team in Sierra Leone.
In the video, he says to YOU, our GlobalGiving donors that your help has made a LOT of difference in the lives of the kids.  He explains in the second part of the video that, because of the support that YOU have provided, computer training is going on well at the FAWE girls' school.  The girls are doing well, learning how to use spreadsheets and word processing. 
This is worth celebrating and we appreciate you so much for helping to make this possible!  We could not have done this without YOUR support.
We are together truly helping the kids become successful and empowering them for a bright future.  
Thanks so much for your support that has made a HUGE difference!
Watch the 90 seconds video now.



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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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