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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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We Together Trained Girls on Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health

We are excited to bring you an update on the 3-day workshop for youths / young ladies that you helped to provide. 

The 20 girls (ages 12 to 20 years) that attended were very eager to learn and thankful for this opportunity. 

These workshop topics were carefully selected based on the high teenage pregnancy rate.  Adolescents and young people must be provided with the right information about the changes that they go through. 

The topics included:

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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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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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Cameroon Students Are Enjoying School

Thank you for your continued support to help optimize educational opportunities in Cameroon.  The students at the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in Nkolfoulou, Cameroon (BLIS) have had a busy and rewarding year so far. 

In December, BLIS held end of year celebrations where the students performed dances, skits and speeches for their families and friends. There was also national letter reading day where the children received letters from their partner school in the USA.  The most recent activity was the Youth Day Celebration which involves all the youths nationwide.

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Educated Girls Become Empowered Women - Make a Difference in 1 Specific Life

Over the years, together we have brought hope and made a difference in hundreds of lives.   Balu's story is a heart-warming example of the difference we have made together. Pregnant, she dropped out of school after the Ebola crisis. She attended a year of remedial training at the Creating Pathways Centre, thanks to a grant from GlobalGiving. Thanks to funds donated on GlobalGiving, she recently resumed school.  Balu (pictured) says a big thank you in this video.   We made change happen together. Together we helped ensure she continues her schooling.  We advanced her rights and advanced humanity.   Advancing the rights of girls is a key element of International Women's Day - celebrated on Wednesday March 8th. This day highlights and reminds us all of the need to do more in promoting gender equality and empowering women. Today, more than ever before, it is essential that we help girls get into quality school environments and help them to stay there.     UNICEF research confirms that educated girls become empowered women. Education makes an undeniable difference in the outcome and future of a girl's life and that of her future family.    "Uneducated girls are more at risk than boys to become marginalized. They are more vulnerable to exploitation.  They are more likely than educated girls to contract HIV/AIDS, which spreads twice as quickly among uneducated girls than among girls that have even some schooling.    As unschooled adults, these girls will be less likely to have a say socially and politically and to be able to support themselves."   From https://www.unicef.org/mdg/index_genderequality.htm.    As we celebrate progress with Balu getting back into school, we are also aware that there is still more ground to cover. Sadly, according to UNICEF 2016 statistics, among youth 15-24 yrs in Sierra Leone, from 2009-2014, the literacy rate for males is 73% and that of girls is 56%.    This gender disparity was vividly confirmed during my last trip to Sierra Leone. I talked one-on-one to over 25 girls who specifically asked us to help them get back in school.    Over 50 girls like Balu are on our scholarship waiting list and at risk of permanently dropping out of school. Without completing high / secondary school, their future opportunities would be limited. They would not be self-sufficient. They would not be empowered to make a difference in their families, communities and nation.   Connect With And Make a Difference in 1 Specific Life: Today, we are asking YOU to help provide a scholarship for 1 girl - helping her to finish secondary school. When you donate $100 or more, we will send you a photo of the specific girl that received the scholarship you helped provide.  You will also receive from her photo of her hand-written thank you letter. You can then optionally to continue to support this girl and ensure she is fully empowered. Take bold action today and join us in touching the life of 1 specific girl. Empower 1 specific girl.    Today, on International Women's day, GlobalGiving is offering a Matching Donations Opportunity. Your donation to this project today will be matched at 30%. Your gift will make even more of an impact through books, school fees, school materials, uniforms etc. - for 1 specific girl. Thank you for joining us in educating and empowering girls in Sierra Leone!
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Develop Africa was an active, approved, and top-ranked member of the GlobalGiving network in 2016

Did you know that Develop Africa was an active, approved, and top-ranked member of the GlobalGiving network in 2016?  Every year GlobalGiving ranks all organizations.   If YOU donated to Develop Africa through GlobalGiving in 2016, then YOU helped make this happen. GlobalGiving provides access to donations from several large companies and hundreds of new donors each year. They provide tremendous training opportunities that have significantly helped Develop Africa grow.  This includes training in efficiency, communication and planning. The funds that we have raised through their site and the benefits that we have received far exceed th fee that they charge. We are delighted to be a part of the GlobalGiving network!  With their help we have touched many more lives.            
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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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