Sierra Leone

Thank you for Mabinty's Scholarship!

Thank you so much for providing a full scholarship for Mabinty's first year of Junior Secondary School. Through your support, Mabinty has received funding to help pay for her tuition, books, school supplies and related school expenses.  We are so very, very grateful for YOUR support that is getting Mabinty closer to her goal of becoming an Accountant.  She is looking forward to helping to improve her country's economy. One of the included photos show her in her school uniform.  She loves to learn and go to school. We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!
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Celebrating Impact And Combining Projects

Over the past 8+ years, we have together provided thousands of hours of training for youths and youth groups. During my last visit to Sierra Leone on July / August last year, the youths that I met enthusiastically expressed their deep gratitude and appreciation for your kind support.   Computer proficiency is increasingly essential for relevance in today's computer-driven society.  We are committed to continuing to empower youths and girls in this area.   Youths in the photos in this report are excitedly learning at computer classes covered by your gifts / donations. They are learning about setting up charts in Excel, as you can see from one of the photos.  The diverse skills they are acquiring, thanks to YOUR support, are helping to prepare them for a great future. Looking Back: A few years ago, we attempted unsuccessfully to raise funds during a campaign to launch a computer lab in the Wellington suburb of Freetown. Thankfully, in 2015, we successfully launched another computer lab at a more central location, in Brookfields. This new lab initially provided computer training to pregnant girls / nursing mothers. We have recently opened this up to additional youths.   We are also providing computer training at a second computer lab at the FAWE school (launched in 2011). You can read more about this at the following link: Project on Computer Training for Girls.   Looking Ahead: Given that we have two projects with the same focus area - computer training, we have decided that it would be better to combine these two projects. This will streamline our efforts and eliminate some administrative reporting. With this in mind, we will be closing / phasing out this project and broadening the scope of the other project, in the next 1-2 weeks.  Future information and updates on computer training will be available at the following link - Project on Computer Training.  We invite you to subscribe to updates on this project or make a donation (as this will subscribe you to updates).  Thanks again for all your support.  
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Sweet Yara is Making A Difference in Sierra Leone

Develop Africa is deeply grateful for the partnership of Sweet Yara.   Aminata lost her mother, father, grandmother and aunt to Ebola. Her parents were petty traders and her grandmother was a teacher.  After her parents passed away, Amnata was in charge of her younger brother, Daniel and sister, Juliana until they came to the Dream Home orphanage.  ​Thanks to the sponsorship of Sweet Yara, Aminata is very thankful today. Knowing that she has people who care for her has brought joy and stability to her life. She no longer has to worry about where her next meal will come from.  Aminata is enjoying her life as a kid.  She is working towards becoming a lawyer when she grows up. Sweet Yara - Aminata and the Develop Africa team deeply appreciates your support!  Thank you for your commitment to giving back and making a difference,             
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Future Leader Daniel Says Thank You

Thank you for your ongoing support to the Future Leaders in Freetown.  You are truly making an impact on the lives of the children by giving them the education they need to be the future leaders. One of the students in Freetown, Daniel, sent a thank you video expressing his appreciation for the support he has received.  Your donations helped to cover his tuition, uniforms, books and school supplies. We are so thankful that we are together supporting his passion for educating and improving himself. In the video, Daniel says "I love going to school. Thank you for your support! " Thank you again for your gift of education to the future leaders in Freetown!  We are confident that the future of Sierra Leone is so much brighter as we together help to raise the future leaders.
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Your Donations Are Helping to Reduce The Malaria Infection Rate

Did you know that according to a 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) report, in 2016, 3 in 10 Sierra Leoneans were infected with Malaria. "Sierra Leone remains one of the worst affected by the disease" and the disease remains "serious public health threat". Thankfully, "Sierra Leone made significant progress in malaria control, registering over 86 percent decline in deaths due to malaria between 2010 and 2015", the report finds. The government of Sierra Leone continues to recommend the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, which are considered by the world health body as "among the most effective and proven means of preventing malaria". Anders Nordström, the WHO Country Representative, recommends that these "interventions should be accelerated “to ‘tap’ malaria.""   In line with the WHO and the government of Sierra Leone recommendation, your support is continuing to help us provide mosquito nets to more families and children. Because of your support, they are now protected from mosquito bites while they sleep. Below are some of the families and children that have recently received bed nets from the generous donors on GlobalGiving. Baba is a young boy living alone at the moment - with his mother presently hospitalized at the Lumley Health Center with malaria. Because of this we deemed it necessary to supply him with mosquito tent - so that he will not be affected with malaria as well. He was excited to receive the tent and sends gratitude to Develop Africa. Tigidankay is a 26-year lady living with her four-year-old son at the Kroo Town Road Community. This community is known as a dumping site of rubbish and waste and this had been affecting both mother and son. She was very happy that a net was given to her.  She is very thankful to the GlobalGiving donations that provided it for her and her son. Bed nets were also distributed at the Freetown Secondary School for Girls border home (residential home at the school site). Nine girls benefited from this donation and they were very excited and thankful. 'Bed nets have been one of the most important tools in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.  To date, mosquito control methods such as insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying of insecticides in homes have been the driving force behind falling infection rates, specifically in efforts to control malaria. These nets are credited with nearly 70% of malaria cases prevented since 2000. " - Bill Gates (full article linked ) We welcome your continued support.  We will continue providing bed nets until 100% of the children in Sierra Leone sleep under a protective bed net.  We want to change the statistics and prevent Malaria, which will save thousands of lives, mostly young children, each year. Thanks for joining us in this most important mission - keeping lives safe from malaria and possible death.
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Nutritious Meals Make A Difference

Most of us think about what we need from the grocery store and what we are making for dinner at night, but we do not have to worry about being able to eat today.  Thanks to your generous support, now the Dream Home children do not have to worry about whether they get to eat today either. Your donations have covered nutritious meals for the Dream Home children this spring. Eating nutritious meals will allow these 22-orphaned children to grow up healthy and strong.  The items purchased are from the five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods - meats, fish, etc., and dairy.   Thanks to your support, they are continuing to grow each day into healthy adults.  Thank you again for making a difference in the Dream Home children’s lives.  
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We Together Treated A Wide-Range of Illnesses

Thank you for your support that is helping us meet the ongoing medical needs of 22 growing children.  Over the past 2 months, your donated funds have helped cover the costs of medication and treatment for a range of illnesses including fever, rash, general body pain, malaria, headaches and infection. The kids deeply appreciate your kind assistance that helped bring quick relief and medical attention. Our part-time nurse continues to provide excellent, skilled care for the kids. We are keeping a log of reported illnesses and remedies / medication to ensure we can observe trends and better take care of the kids. Thanks so much for being a part of our "village" and helping to keep the dreams of the Ebola orphans alive!
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Sarah Advances Her Microfinance Retail Business

Thank you for your continued support in providing microfinance loans. Your support recently provided Sarah with a microfinance loan enabling her to advance her retail business. In this linked video, you can see Sarah with the food supplies that she plans to retail.  She says a big "thank you" to YOU - our donors.  Sarah says in the video: This business will help me pay for the school fees for my kids and support my husband where his income is inadequate.  It will help me sustain myself. It will help me a lot.  Thank YOU donors - you have changed my life".  This loan gave a new lease of life to Sarah and her family.  It opened a new door of opportunity. Your support has helped make Sarah and others achieve their business dreams! We deeply appreciate your support.  We welcome your on-going support in providing full support for other microfinance loans and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa.
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Computer Training is Empowering Jeminatu & Other Girls At The FAWE School

We are so excited that we are together helping to provide computer training to deserving young women. This sets them on course for a better future for them and their families. We have been making improvements to the FAWE School upgrading some of the computers and programming to better assist the girls in their training.  The teacher in charge is also receiving additional training to enable her to better teach our girls. Jeminatu is one of the students at the FAWE school that is benefitting from the computer courses. She tells us that she enjoys going to school and that she is learning a lot of things in her computer class - in this video.  She says "It helps us a lot. I have learned many things like typing, learning new words...it is a great time" Thank you again for making a difference in these young girls' lives!    The computers at the lab are over 7 years old. Our goal for this year is to replace all of them. We welcome your continued support to help us make that happen. 
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Look! - Our Students Can Now Create Presentations

Thanks in part to your support, the young ladies are learning new computer programs like TypingMaster and PowerPoint.  Several of the young women are unwed mothers who are trying to provide a better life for themselves and their children. Over the past couple of months the Creating Pathways Centre has been reviewing what the students have been learning. For the TypingMaster program, where they learned how to type, the focus was on the speed and accuracy of students -  how fast and accurately they were able to type within a limited time.  The students received training on PowerPoint including the following: formatting slides, adding animations of slides, applying background to slides and slide transitions.  They also learned how to create professional-looking documents such as certificates, greeting cards, souvenir cards, invitation cards and organization cards. The students were divided into groups and they created PowerPoint presentations for the class.   Thank you again for your support that is helping these young ladies prepare for a better and greater future. 
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