Provide Scholarships to Sierra Leonean Children

by Develop Africa, Inc.

Hello Project Supporters

Meet Roland...

Roland is the 3rd child of a family of 4 children. Roland loves to learn and to go to school. He makes good grades and shows leadership potential.  His mother is a petty trader and his father works on-board a ship - with a very low income. The parents' income is not adequate to support their children, especially in the area of education. This means that sometime the provision of essentials like school uniforms and school supplies are not provided in a timely fashion.   These delays have been detrimental to Roland's progress - where he has not promptly had all the supplies needed.

No child should ever have to deal with that - not being able to have all the supplies / resources needed.

Thanks to YOUR Support, in the first week in March, we provided a scholarship for Roland.  Because of your involvement, he and his parents do not need to be concerned about having all Roland needs as school reopens mid-April.

It's exciting to be able to help ensure that deserving kids stay in school.  Education is indeed a stepping stone to a better future.  Thank YOU so much for helping to make this a reality!

Going forward, we have decided to deactivate this project as it overlaps with another project - Educate the Next Generation of Leaders. Phasing out this project will help us better focus providing you with updates on the other project.  Thanks so much for your on-going assistance.   

We welcome your interest in providing future scholarships here.  Be sure to go to this project and sign up for updates.  Feel free to also email your questions to us at any time.

Best wishes

The Develop Africa Team


Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles
Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles

We so happy to report that schools in Sierra Leone will 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 reopening of schools is a sign that 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 5 weeks.  The outbreak has been the worst on record, with Sierra Leone being the most affected. 

To ensure a safe environment, chlorinated water for disinfecting will be made available in schools. One of the first signs of having the virus is a high temperature. So, teachers have been trained to use thermometers to monitor student temperatures.

When school reopens, we need to start strong by providing scholarships, uniforms and school supplies for up to a hundred new children. About 40 of these children have been orphaned during this crisis.  Can you join us in providing the gift of education to deserving children - such as Fatmata (pictured)?  This is the best way to help the children recover from this crisis as they go back to school. 

Should you be interested in supporting a specific child and communicating with that child, please let us know and we will provide a few profiles of children looking for a scholarship. 

Thanks so much for YOUR support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!


Daisy wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. She is a very hard-working girl and likes dancing.  She is a team player and gets involved in every activity that concerns children.  Daisy is full of potential.

Daisy favorite subject in school is Creative Practical Art.  Her favorite activity is balance ball.  She is an only child - with no brothers or sisters. Daisy helps with the cooking and does light errands for mom and dad.

Currently, Daisy and other kids in Sierra Leone are not going to school.  Due to the Ebola crisis, all schools are currently closed - with no projected re-opening date. This could be in the next month or so.  We do not know the date for sure - but we definitely want to be prepared as families need our support - more than ever before.

Business has slowed down considerably in Sierra Leone.  The economy has taken a down turn and many families in the communities that we work are struggling to survive.

During our “Stop the Spread” Ebola sensitization program held on September 4th, three hundred and sixty (360) children were reminded about the importance of staying in school and getting an education. We wanted to keep schooling current in their minds.  Thanks in part to YOUR support, one thousand, two hundred (1,200) exercise books were distributed to them.  You can watch a video where 2 kids say thank you towards the end of the video.  This starts at 1 minute 48 seconds into the video.

When school reopens we need to start strong by providing scholarships for up to a hundred new children.  About 40 of these children have been orphaned during this crisis.  Can you join us in providing the gift of education to these deserving, orphaned children

Save the Date: Today, October 15th, from 9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!) Global Giving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%! There is $75,000 available in matching!   This will help us provide even more scholarships and supplies for more girls like Daisy. Thanks so much for your support as we prepare for a strong and great school year!


Margaret goes to school
Margaret goes to school

It's back to school season and we are excited about the opportunity to be able to help further the education of deserving kids in Sierra Leone.

We have an exciting video to share with you (Watch video - Margaret goes to school and kids share their dreams) where you can see 2 things:

1.  A video clip of Margaret, as she heads off to school in the morning.  YOUR support is helping to make her education possible.

2.  A clip where a number of kinds, including Margaret share their career dreams - what they would like to be when they grow up.  The video is insightful as it provides a quick peek into the lives of the kids and their aspirations.  

YOU can help make the dreams of these kids come true.  If you would like to be help make one of the dreams of these kids come true, we would love to talk with you.  

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 helping us to send the kids to school.  Together, we are making their dreams come true - one kid and one year at a time.


Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles
Fatmata is full of hope - all smiles

News and statistics can be depressing!

Over the past week, our team did some research on girl statistics and found out that, according to the United Nations, there is a high dropout rate for girls (we already knew that) -  and their enrolment in secondary education is low with net a secondary school attendance rate of 33 % 

Only 1 in 3 girls!  That is depressing!

That speaks to us of so many lives with missed and lost opportunities!

Thankfully we are together helping to reverse these depressing statistics and turn the tide - one child at a time. YOU are a big part of making this happen and we are sooo grateful for your support.  

Here's some good news to cheer your day - Fatmata (pictured) is one of the young ladies that because of YOUR support now has new hope.  Thanks to your donation, Fatmata's dream of on-going education is a reality!  She is NOT part of the statistics!

Fatmata send her warm appreciation to YOU.  She now feels loved and confident when she goes to school. The funds we provided covered her fees / related school costs and paid for her after-school lessons.  This support has given her the impetus and renewed zeal to work hard towards her upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination. 

This news just made my day and we hope it makes your day too!

Looking for more good news?  In just over a month, you will have the opportunity to have your donation matched at 30% on Wednesday, May 7th.

  • 30% matching
  • Donations up to $1,000 matched
  • Matching begins at 9:00 am (EST) 

Please add this to your calendar and JOIN US in turning the Tide!



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Develop Africa, Inc.

Location: Johnson City, Tennessee - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sylvester Renner
President, Develop Africa
Johnson City, Tennessee United States

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