Provide Vital Skills and Vocational Training

by Develop Africa, Inc. Vetted since 2008 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


This project provides vital and focused skill training to help youths and young adults in Sierra Leone. Necessary skills like computer literacy, sewing, and entrepreneurial management are offered to enable marketability in a challenging economy. It creates employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths and young adults - helping them to move from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency.

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Many school dropouts, orphans and people displaced by the civil war in Freetown do not have access to equipped facilities for training invaluable trade skills. The available facilities are often limited in capacity and have limited service offerings / vocational scope. Consequently, many youths are unable to gain the skills that will enable them to become self-sufficient. These youths are caught in a vicious cycle of powerlessness and poverty.


This project addresses the skill-deficit problem by providing vital training in marketable skills to those in need. Skills are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery, and sustainable development. These trainees learn marketable and relevant skills. This intervention is in high demand and meets the need of school dropouts and unemployed youths. When possible, trainees are provided with a toolkit to help them start their own businesses increasing their chance of financial success.

Long-Term Impact

Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is one of the three main priorities outlined by UNESCO and has been identified as the focus for the most important annual report on education, the Global Monitoring Report, in 2012. The project contributes to youth development by providing skills for self-reliance and entrepreneurship. This effective intervention combats poverty and increases the strength of local economies further uplifting the people of Sierra Leone.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Show & Tell - The Beneficiaries Tell Their Story
UN Country Information - Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone: "An idle mind is a devil's workshop"
UN Human Development Report

Organization Information

Develop Africa, Inc.

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

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