Sierra Leone

You are Helping Sorie Obtain A Teaching Degree

YOUR support helped Sorie further his education - giving him a new start and opportunity in life. Sorie lives in a small village called Kamawoni. He wanted to continue his education by going to a teacher's college. He tells us a little about himself and expresses his gratitude below. "My name is Sorie. I live at Kamawoni village. Kamakwe town.  I am a school teacher, teaching at the Kamawoni village school.  I am an orphan. My mother and father died when I was at a tender age.  I come from an extended family with four siblings that look up to me for support.  I shall be going to the Teachers college this academic year.  Thank you for your support."  Read more in his letter - in his own writing... Thanks for being a part of helping Sorie, a deserving future leader!  Together we are building a new breed of quality leaders. We deeply appreciate your on-going support!
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Thank you for helping Mabinty start her business

Thanks to your support this project has raised $570 since the last report. Through this support, we have expanded our provision of microfinance loans to additional deserving women like Mabinty.   Mabinty has started her business - retailing assorted provisions/groceries.  She plans to use the proceeds to cover transportation, buy school supplies etc. In this linked video,  Mabinty says thank you for her microfinance loan. YOUR support has helped Mabinty look forward to a better future for herself and her family.  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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Winifred is Working on her Tailoring Skills - Thanks to YOU

hanks to your generous support, the Tailoring School has had a significant impact in the Wellington community. A number of the youths and school dropouts have learned how to sew.  Your support is making this possible.  There are 10 trainees currently. One of the current students is Winifred. Winifred is married with a child. Her husband Amadu is a bricklayer/construction worker and the main provider of the home. They lived in a single bedroom apartment with electricity but no running water. Winifred decided to learn to tailor so that she will help support her family. She has learned how to sew skirts blouses and other dress designs. Now Winifred is able to sew all the clothes her family needs.  She is hoping that on completion of her training a start-up kit will be given to her. She wants to use the skills she had acquired to open her own tailoring shop. Going forward, our goal is to provide each of the trainees with a toolkit (sewing machine and some basic equipment/supplies (such as a coal iron, pair of scissors, needles, tape measure, table etc.). The trainees and teachers have expressly communicated that this is an urgent need. This certainly makes sense, as the graduating trainees need equipment assistance to start their own businesses. Thanks so much for your support. We welcome your continued support to provide toolkits and on-going tailoring classes for the next set of trainees.
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Thanks for Helping Marian Stay in School

Because of YOUR support girls like Marian are progressing with their education and staying in school. Marian (pictured) is planning to take the promotional National Primary School Exams this spring. Her father is currently unemployed and her mother is no longer doing her small business.  They did not have the resources to cover the exam fees. The family was in a crisis and had nowhere else to appeal for help. She was the only pupil in her class yet to pay her school charges. Thanks to YOUR support and donations we were able to take care of Marian's exam fees. Your support brought a big relief and smiles to faces of Marian and her family.  Marian will soon be taking her exams and proceeding to the next level in her education. Thanks for supporting this great cause and helping girls like Marian become empowered women. We are truly making a difference!
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You Helped Ship 10 Drums of Supplies

Thanks to your generous support, we recently shipped 10 drums filled with school supplies and books to Sierra Leone.  These drums are already in a shipping container and should get there in the next month or so. Thank you for helping us send these supplies to the children in Sierra Leone that desperately need them.   These supplies will elevate the quality of education and learning in schools.  We are excited about this opportunity to invest the lives of kids in Sierra Leone. Thank YOU for being a part of providing these children with school supplies and books ... and a chance at a better future.   We welcome your continued support of education (providing scholarships, school supplies tuition, uniforms) to students in Sierra Leone.
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Bed Nets Are Saving Lives! #EndMalaria

Every bed net that we are able to provide, thanks to your generous donations, is saving lives! The bed nets we are distributing are effectively protecting families from Malaria while they sleep. We are specifically targeting communities and families in need - in particular families with young children. Thompson Bay is one of the most deprived communities. This community was seriously affected by the Ebola crisis and also by floods in Sierra Leone. Thanks to your support, 39 mosquito bed nets were distributed to families in need in Thompson Bay. This included the families of Anna and David. Another distribution of mosquito bed nets was made to 22 families at the Leicester road community. Thanks to YOUR support, they are sleeping safely at night now.  Huffington Post recently posted an article stating the following: "Malaria has long been one of the major killer diseases of our age and remains a huge public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. One child dies every minute from malaria. Roughly 90 percent of malaria cases and 92 percent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, with children in the region often suffering through multiple bouts of the disease before they reach the age of five. Pregnant women who contract the disease can also suffer serious health complications. Outside of Africa, over 2.5 billion people are at risk of being infected with malaria, and there are 34 million cases every year with 46,000 deaths. However, there are reasons to be hopeful: more countries have been certified free of malaria since 2007." This year, "World Malaria Day" falls on Tuesday, April 25. This significant day highlights the desperate need for ongoing global efforts to fight and ultimately end Malaria.   Here at Develop Africa, we afresh have determined to continue our efforts to provide bed nets to each family and to train them on proper use till malaria is no more. It's disheartening to read about one child dying every minute from malaria. In this day and age, this should not be happening.  These deaths are preventable.  We need to do our utmost to help change these statistics.  Join us in this effort by helping to provide 5 nets today - through your donation of $50.00. Thank you so much for your continued support. Together we will continue to save many more lives and change the dismal statistics.
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Thanks for Helping Support Geraldine

Through your support, Geraldine has received initial funding.  The funds you donated are helping to cover her transportation expenses twice a week, when she goes for computer classes - in preparation for college admission.  We are so very grateful for your support that is getting Geraldine closer to her goal of becoming a lawyer when she completes her education.  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 are Creating Lasting Change

Thank you so much for faithfully supporting this project over the past 7 years or so.   When this project was launched, the focus was to support and share impact stories from the computer training at the FAWE all-girls school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the years, we have provided basic computer training to hundreds of girls at this school. This was possible because of YOUR faithful support. A few years ago, we also launched a second project here on GlobalGiving with the goal of supporting the computer training of youths / young adults. In the last month, we decided to phase out this second computer project and broaden the focus of this initial project to include computer training in general. Basically, we combined the two projects. This change makes sense as the projects focused on the same theme.  Additionally, this will allow us to reduce the time spent on reporting.  For this project, here is a summary of the changes 1.  The project title has changed. 2.  We will now include updates on other computer training - for instance, training taking place at the Creating Pathway's Centre (not just the FAWE computer lab).   Since the last report, this project has raised $100.  Over the past 2-3 months, at the FAWE School, your funds helped to replace a faulty circuit breaker box. Your support is also helping to provide additional coaching to Ms. Conteh (the FAWE computer teacher). She is receiving on-going training from Johanese at the Creating Pathways Centre. You can see a clip of her and the kids in this video. At the Creating Pathways Centre, your donations also helped purchase an anti-virus program to ensure the computers were safe from virus attacks that could disrupt training.    We were also thrilled to host Alix Halloran, the GlobalGiving Field Traveler in Sierra Leone, on March 22. GlobalGiving sends representatives to visit project partners so they can observe how funds are being used to benefit local communities. This helps GlobalGiving ensure high-quality projects. Alix visited the computer lab at the FAWE School and several of our other projects. In Alix's post-visit report, she provided the following feedback: "Develop Africa's projects are creating lasting change in the lives of so many children and young women. They are passionate about making an impact in their communities."  We are super-excited to be partnering with GlobalGiving.  Your support as a donor is helping us make a definite impact.
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Use of Solar Lights Results in Better Grades

Thank you for your continued support in helping us provide each child with a safe, reusable solar light!  With these lights, the kids are able to read safely at night - with no exposure to harmful fumes from naked flames. Nineteen solar lights were distributed to families in need. Priority was given to school going children who live in homes without electricity. Five of the families were in this category.  Another five of the solar lights were distributed to children from the Old Wharf community. An additional nine children in the Mellon Street community in Wellington also received solar lights. Joshua, our Project Coordinator, reminded the parents that the first priority of use is for the kids to school related work. The lights are also used for urgent needs that require safe lighting. In following up with the beneficiaries, we found out that the kids are doing better in school. All of them made good grades in their recent school report cards. This performance was an improvement when compared to their grades prior to the reception of the solar light. Use of the solar lights resulted in greater achievement.  The kids and the families extend their gratitude and appreciation to you for helping to make learning easier and safer. YOUR support means a ton - a lot more than you realize!  Thank you for helping to make a difference!
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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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