Develop Africa, Inc.  E-Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 4

 In This Newsletter...
* Greetings
* Outstanding Pencil Project  - Prairie Junior High School
* Seven Promise of Hope Scholarships Renewed in Sierra Leone and Two New  Recipients in Kenya for 2008 Academic Year
* Develop Africa's Project Highlighted in Need Magazine
* DA launches Child Sponsorship Program. Extends to Uganda, Sierra Leone and Cameroon
* One Million Books for Africa - Project Update
*  Go DA !! New Programs and Projects Launched:
- Health and Environment
- Sponsor A Child
- Innovative Leadership Development
* Partnership with CAPEC Expanded
* Develop Africa  Meets with Johnson City's Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs
* DA Moves to New Office Space

Don't just sit there.  Get Involved and make a difference with us!! 




Make a note: Don't forget to include us in your current and end-of-year giving plans!  

Mail your checks to:

Develop Africa
1906 Knob Creek Rd. Suite 3 
Johnson City, TN 37604 

or donate online 




  Volunteer Acknowledgement: 
We are deeply grateful for the assistance of the following volunteers who have been instrumental in assisting us with various projects throughout the year.  These volunteers have invested their time and ability in furthering our mission:  In random order...

-Mark Kinkade  
-Jennifer Alexander
-Mark Stone
-Anuradha Venkatesh
-Jason Yamada-Hanff
-Lee Adlowitz
-Megan Henry
-Re'Cole Cook
-Tarun Kapoor
-Ravinder Khurana
-Evon Butler
- Matt Saul
- Re’Cole Cook
- Tarun Kapoor
- Megan Henry
- Brandon and Barbara Holbrook
- ReCole Cook
- Matt Saul
- Lindsey LaPlant and the Elementary School children of Montessori Children's House, in Madison, WI
- Kate Bieschke and the 8th Grade Students at Prairie Grove Junior High School, IL


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1906 Knob Creek Rd
Suite 3 
Johnson City TN 37604
Tel: 423-282-006 
Fax: 423-228-2375

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Season's Greetings

Welcome to the Final Volume (Vol. 2 Issue 4) of our Quarterly Newsletter for this year. The season of joy, peace and goodwill is with us and we are grateful to you all for your kind support kind and generosity throughout the year.  This year has been remarkable and filled with all the spossibilities that you have all made happen in many impacted lives.

Thank you for your continued support of development in Africa. Truly exciting days are ahead of us.  In this year's final edition we present updates, results, developments and progress that YOU are facilitating through your support. Together we are doing far more than any of us can do alone.  Enjoy!!

Outstanding Pencil Project - Prairie Junior High School 
Prairie Grove Junior High School (Illinois) in partnership with Develop Africa embarked on an outstanding pencil project to benefit the children of Cameroon. Below is a remarkable account of the success of this project.
As told by Mrs. Bieschke...

"Prairie Grove Junior High had an outstanding experience participating in  Develop Africa's Pencil Project. The students felt empowered by doing something so simple and having such a huge impact on someone’s life. They were filled with amazement as the number of pencil donations doubled everyday.  We collected over 2,700 pencils. It was very exciting to see our entire school come together and achieve a unified goal. Our students are walking away from this experience with the belief that they can make a difference!" 

Mrs. Bieschke
Prairie Grove Junior High School  
The Pencil Project Coordinator

(Picture 8th Grade Students Prairie Grove Junior High School)

This pencil project drive was conducted in partnership with the Pencil Project, an exemplary organization that focuses on giving education a chance, one pencil at a time.  Pencils from this drive are currently being shipped to benefit the children / orphans through the Cameroun Association for the Protection and Education of the Child in Cameroon.

Seven Promise of Hope Scholarships Renewed in Sierra Leone and Two New Recipients in Kenya

 Congratulations!! to the recipients of DA's Promise of Hope Scholarship 2008. Seven students from Sierra Leone and two from Kenya are the recipients of  the 2008 Promise of Hope Scholarship. The recipients are Martha Johnny, Momoh Koroma, Samuel Smith, Paul Affiong, Portia Affiong, Ishmael Gassama and Mustapha Koroma from Sierra Leone, and Leonard Ouma and Edgar Oyoda from Kenya.  Family members, friends, teachers and school board members graced the ceremony.  The recipients are very grateful for this award that enables them to continue their schooling.  Thank you sponsors for making a difference in the life of these children. 


View Kenya Scholarship Pictures
View Sierra Leone Scholarship and Book Distribution Pictures

Develop Africa's Project Highlighted in NEED Magazine

Through a partnership with UniversalGiving, Develop Africa’s involvement  with ICT development and training was featured in a highly rated humanitarian magazine - NEED Magazine. We are excited about the opportunity to network with other globally recognized humanitarian efforts.
NEED Magazine, featured Develop Africa's project and photograph in Issue 4 on page 45.

Here is a quote from one of UniversalGiving's Account manager's  Alejandra Navarro:

"We are very excited to showcase our nonprofit partners and truly demonstrate Universal Giving's vision to create a world where giving and volunteering is a natural part of life. Develop Africa is an exceptional organization and we look forward to developing our relationship going into the future".

NEED, which has just published its fourth issue, has done stories from Minneapolis to Uganda to India.. This year, the magazine won the FOLIO award for best use of photography ("That's like the Academy Awards of the magazine industry.") It is sold at Whole Foods, Borders, and Barnes and Noble. For more information on NEED Magazine please visit their website:

See a PDF file containing details about and picture of our Basic Computer Training Project from this edition of NEED Magazine. 

Child Sponsorship Launched in Uganda, Cameroon and Sierra Leone

Develop Africa recently rolled out its new program: Child Sponsorship in three countries in Africa. It currently extends to sponsorships in Uganda, Cameroon and Sierra Leone. Develop Africa’s child Sponsorship program creates real, lasting change for children and their communities in Africa. This new program is gaining momentum and forging lasting and meaningful relationships between sponsors and the children in Africa.  

Sponsors are provided with the child’s profile, pictures and progress updates annually.  We have a pool of orphans and children in Cameroon and Sierra Leone that need sponsors. When you sign up to become a child sponsor, you join a family of  “life givers” around the world who share your commitment to change the world, one child at a time.

Click here to read more about our new Child Sponsorship Program.

One Million Books for Africa - Project Update

A shipment of books from our Million Book Drive recently arrived in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  The books were distributed to two schools in Freetown namely the Forum for Africa Women Educationalists (FAWE Junior Secondary School at Waterloo and the UMC Primary School at George Brook.  The principal, staff and students were grateful for the donation of the books and students pledged to make optimal use of the books. Thank you partners for making this dream a reality.

We wish to acknowledge the generous donation of books to Develop Africa’s Million Book campaign by Mr. K’s Book store in Johnson City, Tennessee. Thank you for helping us making a difference in Africa.

View Sierra Leone Scholarship Pictures and Book Distribution

New Programs and Projects Launched

Develop Africa employs a variety of strategies to achieve its mission. The goal in all our endeavors is the same: to empower people through transformational education, resource development and strategic investment.  DA is proud to announce the initiation of its newest projects and programs in Africa:

We invite you to make Develop Africa a part of your tradition by taking one easy step: become involved and support our projectsRead more about our different projects, how we are impacting lives and making a difference. Then donate towards our worth-while ventures.

Partnership with CAPEC Expands

 Through Develop Africa two children in Cameroon are now being sponsored, through a partnership with the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child. Additional sponsorship options are available on our website.  The over 2,700 pencils collected by the students of the Prairie Grove Junior High School in Illinois will be sent shortly to Cameroon. Through the generosity and work of Mrs. Bieschke's eighth grade class, school children in Cameroon will have the tools they need to succeed.
Develop Africa Meets with Johnson City's Evening Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs.
This Fall, a team from Develop Africa had the opportunity to participate in and present our change opportunities to the Evening Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Johnson City. The informational sessions were very productive. We look forward to continued networking opportunities.

Develop Africa Moves to New Office Space

Develop Africa's recently moved to a new office. For all your correspondences please note our new address: 

1906 Knob Creek Rd
Suite 3 
Johnson City TN 37604

Tel: 423- 282 -0006
Fax : 866 -228- 2375


Responding To Your Requests / Comments
Newsletter subscriber request: Could you make it easier for us to donate online?
In response to requests for an easier way to donate online and for convenient recurring donations, we have now made provision for secure and easier online donations.  One of the key advantages now offered through our website is the ability to make anonymous donations and also to sign up for automated monthly donations.  You can now sign up for convenient recurring donations.

In order to expand our impact, we would like to ask you to sign up for a $10.00 or more donation monthly. 

We also recently refreshed and updated our website reflecting the new programs and projects for the upcoming year.


In Appreciation...
Thank you partners and sponsors for helping making this year a success. You are making a difference.

Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings from the Board, Staff at Develop Africa Inc and all the lives that are being impacted in Africa and beyond.  We appreciate you!



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