Aminata is Enjoying School

Aminata lives with her parents and siblings in a mud house. They cannot afford to send Aminata to school, however trough generous donations, she has received funding to help pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses. Thanks to your support, Aminata is enjoying school. We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships for children in Liberia. Due to a lack of means, many children in Liberia do not attend school at all. The Liberian education system is emerging from a prolonged and brutally destructive period of civil unrest. Liberia is significantly behind most other countries in the African region in nearly all education statistics. Many families and schools in Liberia do not have the ability to ensure that their children receive a quality education. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!  Underprivileged children will get a decent education - transforming their lives and providing opportunities for growth, and contribution to national development. By upgrading the quality of education offered in schools, we will be helping to transform communities and the entire nation. Investing in child development is critical for human development and we cannot talk about economic growth without talking about healthy and literate communities.
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New Year, New Hope for Students in Liberia

A new year normally means new resolutions...promises of better health, more exercise, making a difference in people's lives.  We invite your New Year's resolution to include making an impact on the lives of students in Liberia.   Most of these students live far below the poverty line and live with their large families in a one bedroom mud house with no electricity and no running water.   $10 to an average American, may not see like a lot, but to a starving child in Liberia, $10 could be nearly a week of food, $50 could be food and clothes, $100 could be food, clothes and school supplies,  $900 covers all school expenses, clothes and food for a year.  One of the students in desperate need is Patrick. Patrick lives in a mud house with his dad and siblings.  Patrick's dad is out of job and the family is struggling to eat.  Patrick's hope of getting an education is impossible without help.  We may not be able to fix the world's problems in 2017, but I hope that you will consider supporting students, like Patrick, in Liberia and choose to make a difference for a child in need as one of your New Year resolutions. Less than a week ago, on December 27th 2016, a local newspaper, the Liberian Observer published a review on the education system in Liberia: Since the country’s 14 year civil war ended in 2003, the education sector is yet to regain the needed respect where the quality of schools would improve to match the required teaching. As such, the sector continues to show signs of decline with students performing poorly in public exams to the extent that admission to the state run University of Liberia (UL) has continuously exposed the weak educational system by rejecting high school graduates who fail the university’s admission exams in massive numbers. Under the year in review, 13,000 candidates registered for the UL placement and examinations. The result, only 15 candidates passed. This statistics confirms what we already know. There are tremendous opportunities to make a difference.   As we help ensure kids like Patrick have a stronger educational foundation, we will truly be making a difference. Patrick, and kids like him, will excel in their exams and also as they lead Liberia in the future.  We are excited about the opportunity we together have to change lives and future outcomes.  Thanks for your support.
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The Future Depends on the Next Generation

Sometimes it is challenging to believe that a dollar makes a difference, but it does make an impact. Every dollar donated is like a pebble being thrown into a pond; that pebble causes a ripple in the water that affects a large area around it. The future depends on us and if we educate the future leaders and empower them with knowledge we will cause a positive ripple effect across the world. More than 30% of the African population are between ages 10 and 24 and will remain that way for the next 20 years. When the numbers of working-age people surpass the numbers of dependents, countries can experience an economic boom, a phenomenon known as a “demographic dividend.” But first, young people must be enabled to contribute to their countries and communities. “Educated, healthy and productive young people have a better chance of breaking out of poverty and making positive contributions to their communities,” said Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway. Schools are back in session. From the reports that we have received, the kids are learning well. Unfortunately, admission is down at some schools. Due to economic pressures, many families are simply not able to cover the costs of uniforms and school-related expenses. So the start of school has been delayed for some kids. Unfortunately, this may be permanent for some kids.  Your donation of $40 today will provide a uniform an a pair of shoes for a kid, a future leader of Liberia.  This would ensure that 1 more kid does not stay home and miss out on learning for days or weeks.   Thanks for your support.
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Moving Toward a Better Future

Schools are now closed for the academic year and will reopen in September.   With 84% of the population living under the international poverty line, our support is needed more than ever.  About 1.5 million children are enrolled in primary school in Liberia, but the government said only 20 percent of the children complete 12th grade. Years of civil war have also taken their toll on the nation’s education system. In 2013, nearly 25,000 students failed the University of Liberia entrance exams. The Liberian government acknowledges that the education system needs help and change.  The government recently entered into a public-private partnership education plan. The pilot project will start with about 50 schools.  The school that this project is working with is not one of the pilot schools. We are making a difference, every dollar is improving a life in Liberia.  We have shipped some much needed school supplies to Liberia and are working on getting desks, chairs and more school supplies shipped out soon. Your support is greatly appreciated by the many children and families in need in Liberia. Together, one dollar at a time, we are changing lives, Nations and Destinies!
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Books and School Supplies Sent to Liberia

Develop Africa recently received a report and photos from Liberia - showing two schools that benefitted from the books and school supplies we sent.   Below are additional details as provided: "Here are the photos of the students and staff of the two schools that benefited from the good will gesture of Develop Africa.  These kids and their instructors were so happy for the first time since their schools were established to receive such from an organization based in America.  We all are so delighted and look forward to a better working relationships in the future ahead.  Dr. Renner, as you can see these kids are eager to learn but do not have materials needed to cope with develop countries children in the area of education. I think this is the best time we need to improve the live of the kids through technology like this computer programs we solely engage in. The total number of students that benefited from the gesture was ONE HUNDRED STUDENTS, and the names of the schools are ROYAL FOUNDATIONS / EARLY BREED NURSERY AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, all based in Clara Town Monrovia. The board and management appreciate your effort so much. Respectfully ONE VOICE LIBERIA" David Konneh, One Voice Liberia
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Develop Africa Partners With One Voice Liberia and Ships School Supplies and Printers to Liberia

Through a new partnership with One Voice Liberia, Develop Africa has recently shipped books and printers to 2 pilot schools through One Voice Liberia. In Liberia, these supplies will help to provide vital computer training. The enabled students will be better equipped and more competitive in the job market. This support provided is crucial as it will help them break the vicious cycle of poverty. Trained and equipped youths and young adults will consequently be able to find legitimate work. This support will empower them, providing a platform that will enable them to avoid the illegal and dangerous street dealings just to survive. Additional information is available here:
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