Develop Africa  E-Newsletter - June 2010

 In This Newsletter...
» Greetings - Behold Africa...
» Impacting Education in Moshi Tanzania
» Exciting New Partnership With SeeYourImpact (SYI) and Limited 100% match For 1 Week
» We Want Your Laptops and Computers

Women as Agents of Change

» Girls Project Selected as GlobalGiving Project of the Month / GlobalGiving Visits DA Projects
» Upcoming - Newsletter Format Change / Facebook
» June 16 is GG Bonus Day - 50% Interest on Your Donation in One Day!
» Vision 2010 - Expand Our Impact, Invest Into Lives







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Unmistaken Sound Announcing  "Behold Africa!"

vuvuzelaThe buzz of the Vuvuzela's (the noise-making trumpet of South Africa football fans) are unmistaken and cannot be ignored.  The excitement in the air is almost tangible. 

Love it or hate it, the sound of the vuvuzela's at the currently on-going World Cup in South Africa are here to stay.  The vuvuzela will be one of the undisputed stars of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  

President of FIFA Sepp Blatter recently twitted "To answer all your messages re the vuvuzelas. I have always said that Africa has a different rhythm, a different sound.  I don't see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?"

Africa has its unique style.  Things are done differently.  Even as you go from one nation to another, within Africa, there is a breadth and a depth of diversity / difference.  

If you will quiet yourself and listen, you will hear an even louder sound that's rising.  It's the sound of the nations.  It's the sound of Africa rising to its place. 

The sound and impact of Africa are here to stay.   Can you hear this sound?  "Behold Africa!"

When you hear it, you will truly dance differently ... to the beat of a different drummer. 

As individuals and Nations we need to Reposition, Realign and Regenerate For Impact!

Happy Reading!

Impacting Education in Yet Another Corner in Africa - Books and School Supplies Sent to St Timothy's in Moshi, Tanzania
Develop  Africa has once again  expanded its outreach to the country of Tanzania. Yes Tanzania here we come!!   Develop Africa is proud to announce that we have  recently started a partnership relationship with this school.   We are delighted to share with you pictures of the happy children at St Timothy's School in Moshi, Tanzania - recipients of our books teaching  and school supplies. 

Thanks to your support - financial and donations of books teaching sand school aupplies, we are togeher improving the qualtity of education at this school in Tanzania, East Africa.   Several pictures of the distribution effort are available. To visualize your impact in this school and see more photos please click here. Thank you again for making this possible.

View more photos Children reading books at Moshi

Exciting New Partnership With SeeYourImpact (SYI) and 100% match (Limited) For 1 Week

Develop Africa is excited to announce a new partnership with SeeYourImpact, a network that cost-effectively enables donors to give small, life changing gifts to people in need and directly see the impact of their donation on an individual. Check out some of the amazing pictures and stories from Sierra Leone at SeeYourImpact!


Even more exciting is the news that Neil Patel, a SeeYourImpact supporter, has committed to match the first $480 donated to our girls education program in Sierra Leone during the next week! Visit the Door of Hope/Develop Africa site at SeeYourImpact and help us reach this goal today! 100% of your donation at SeeYourImpact will be passed through to Develop Africa.

Women as Agents of Change - Excerpts From a Recent Speech - What We are Accomplishing Together

We would like to share with you excerpts of a recent, relevant speech on "Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society" by Esther Brimmer, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Organization Affairs - USA. (The link to full speech is provided below).

"In March at the UN Commission on the Status of Woman Secretary Clinton said, “The status of the world’s women is not only a matter of morality and justice. It is also a political, economic, and social imperative. Put simply, the world cannot make lasting progress if women and girls in the 21st century are denied their rights and left behind.”

We believe that investing in the education of women and girls is not only the “right thing to do; but it is the smart thing to do.” That is why we are committed to working with the United Nations and the international community in the lead up to 2015 to promote gender equality and the global empowerment of women and the education-related Millennium Development Goals."

What We are Accomplishing Together:

* Here are the specific things mentioned in this speech that we are accomplishing together:

1.  We are helping girls to stay in school in several African Countries—Cameroon, The Gambia, and Sierra Leone. These girls are the future leaders of Africa.

2.  We are helping ensure their literacy. This is a critical first step for acquiring the skills needed to participate fully in one’s society. Of the 759 million adults who lack basic literacy skills around the world, two-thirds are women.

Together, we are a powerful force for change, helping to shape their lives! These girls are the future leaders of Sierra Leone. By investing into their lives, we are helping to advance the role of women in politics and civil society. 

Make a donation to our Girls Education Project

Speech Text and Video  - Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women

Computers For Africa - We Want Your Computers!

Currentl y, we have a need for computers to equip two labs in Sierra Leone  and Cameroon.  These computers will be used to support education in schools. Off-lease computers are very welcome.  You can help by:

  • Donating your used / new computer or laptop
  • Donating funds towards purchasing computers
  • Helping to raise funds for this through  Contact us for more information
  computers for africa


Girl's Education Selected As Pioneer GlobalGiving Project of the Month and Project Monitoring Visit by GlobalGiving

We are proud to announce that  DA's Girl's Education Project was selected as first project for GlobalGiving's new Project of the Month Club for May 2010.   We were delighted to be spotlighted in this way from all the projects on GlobalGiving. 

On May 5th, we had the unique opportunity to meet and host Britt Lake, the Program Operations Manager of GlobalGiving. Britt spent a day visiting Develop Africa's projects in Sierra Leone. A picture of Britt with a few of the scholarship beneficiaries is provided below.

Visit from Britt and Globalgiving
Janet and the Sierra Leonean team were honored to host Britt. The visit involved a review and general monitoring of the different projects that Develop Africa has on GlobalGiving.

We are happy to report that Britt was happy to see the progress being made and the work that we are doing with your support.

View more photos on Britt's trip
Girls education

Upcoming  - New Newsletter Format

Newsletter change - In the coming weeks, we will be migrating our newsletter to a new platform.  With this move, we are also considering shorter and more frequent newsletters where we will bring you an update on a more frequent basis

Think... Bite-size updates.  Your thoughts and comments on this are welcome.

We are also ending updates through our Facebook cause page and fan / like page. Check often for regular updates.  View our facebook page

GlobalGiving (GG) Bonus Day - 50% Interest on Your Donation in One Day!
Wednesday, June 16 is BONUS DAY!  Bonus Day starts at 12:00 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and runs for 24 hours until 11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4).
All donations made to Develop Africa's projects on during this time period Bonus day - increase impact of your donationswill be matched at 50%, up to $1,000 per person/per project.
For example, each donation of $100 will result in an additional $50.00 - a 50% match.  This is a great opportunity to make your donation go even further - but its just this one day. 

Supersize your donation for free.  The sooner you donate, the better as matching funds are limited.
View projects and donate on June 16

Vision 2010 - Expand Our Impact, Invest in Lives
In 2010, we have the opportunity to change even more lives. Develop Africa’s vision for 2010 includes helping to establish at least 2 computer suites / labs, providing microfinance loans to up to 20 new beneficiaries, providing scholarships for up to 50 additional children, improving opportunities for hundreds of youths through computer training and providing leadership training

We would like to invite you to help us continue to fulfill our mission and impact many more lives this year.   We invite you to make or schedule a donation online through our website. You can also mail a check to our address. Thanks in advance for your support - through which we can do this and even more..

Donation Options: You can make a donation online or mail a check to DA.  More information on how to do so is available here .  Thanks for your investment! 

Thank you friends, supporters, donors and fans for your continued investment.

Sylvester Renner and The Develop Africa Team