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Now Learning in a Dry Classroom

Thanks to your support our kids will be learning in 3 dry rooms this semester.    Learning in a room with a leaking roof is no fun. Like you, the kids in Liberia do not like to get wet - particularly when they are trying to focus. Additionally, the drip-drip sound of the dropping water was distracting. Because of the leaking and damaged roof, one of the rooms was unusable during the heavy downpours typical in Liberia. Over the summer, we replaced 36 sheets of zinc covering 2 and a half rooms. These areas were partially damaged. You can see a photo of the roof being repaired. This means that this semester and going forward the students will be able to learn in a dry classroom.  Because of you, those classrooms will be fully utilized this semester. The kids will be dry and able to focus. Thanks for making a significant difference in their learning environment.
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Dream Home Kids Enjoy Playing Donated Games

Thanks to the generosity of Hightower Consulting Services, the Dream Home Kids are now enjoying a set of 13 brand new games 

The kids eagerly look forward to and enjoy "Game Day" where they play together as a group. The games provide a fun, stimulating and learning experience.
 
The set of games games, purchased earlier this year, are . 

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Sun, 09/17/2017
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Jane, a Flood-affected Victim in Sierra Leone, Shares Her Tragedy

Jane lost her family and business during the August 2017 flooding and landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She explains the tragedy and how she lost everything. She is clearly distraught and appeals for help. Join us in providing counseling and microfinance loans to Jane and others by making a donation at http://developafrica.giv.sh/412e or http://goto.gg/29149. Thank you for helping to restore hope and self-sufficiency.

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Donate Your Birthday or Anniversary to a Charity - Create a Fundraiser

Did you realize that people will be happy to give to Develop Africa, if you ask them?  We would like to invite you to donate your birthday or anniversary to Develop Africa.  It's a great way to make a difference. It’s easy - by giving up your birthday/anniversary, you will help change a life! By donating your birthday, you are helping us raise the funds we need to make an impact. If you are on Facebook - then its easy - To get started: please go to https://www.facebook.com/pg/developafrica/fundraisers/ Then click on the blue "Raise Money" button.   If you are not on Facebook (or prefer not to do this on Facebook), you can create a fundraiser - as an individual or a team.  Here are 2 options 1. FirstGiving.com - https://www.firstgiving.com/developafrica ​ 2. Develop Africa Birthday / Anniversary Fundraising hub: https://developafrica.giv.sh/feec Thanks so much for joining us making a difference!  We could not do this without YOU! Be the change you want to see through peer-to-peer fundraising     Fundraising Tips Set a goal to invite at least 400 people Be aware that possibly only 5 to 15% of the people that you invite will donate Try to get a couple donation very early as this will "break the ice" and motivate others ot donate. Ask a couple close friends to donate early.  Add updates regularly to the fundraiser - about why people should donate. These could be recent news items about the cause you are supporting. If you need help with content to share, we will be happy to assist/help provide content / links. When people donate, add comments. Thank them openly and warmly. This will encourage others to donate. On Facebook, tag some of your friends who are in a position to donate and let them know you are inviting them – just in case they did not see your invitation If you need help with anything, please don’t hesitate to ask – contact us        
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Dream Home Kids Have New Clothes

Thanks to your donations we were able to provide a couple of the Dream Home girls with new, custom-tailored outfits.  The girls that received an outfit were each very thankful to you.   Kids grow as part of a natural process. The consequence of this is that they need an ongoing supply of new clothes and shoes - to fit their growing bodies.  Dorcas and Esther show their new dresses in the photos below. If you have (or had) children (or younger siblings), you are aware of how quickly they outgrow outfits and shoes. Clothing and shoes are an ongoing need and we deeply appreciate your continued support as these children grow into healthy adults.  You can support the Dream Home children by clicking here. 
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Thanks for Helping to Provide a New Sewing Machine

Thanks to your support we were able to purchase a new sewing machine for the Tailoring School. Our tailoring program has taught over 150 individuals. The classes have grown large enough that there are no longer adequate machines for the tailoring trainees to use.  More machines are still needed, but the tailoring students are delighted with the new machine.   Access to this new sewing machine is allowing more students to master their tailoring skills and earning potential for future income-generating opportunities. We welcome your ongoing support for the tailoring school and other vocational training. You can make a lasting difference for many individuals and their families by giving the tools they need to succeed.
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Morlai's Sponsor is Making a Difference

This Child Sponsorship Update gives you a look into the relationship / communication between children and their sponsors.   This is actual communication exchanged between a child to his sponsor. In Morlai's letter to his sponsor he says:  "Hope all is good with you. I have not heard from you for some time now.  Everything is going on quite well here.  I am working very hard now, because I want to acheive my goal of having a higher percentage in my upcoming promotional examination.  How are things there? I hope you are not having a hard time.  Praying that God will always show up whenever you need him.  Deepest in my Heart, Morlai" Morlai's sponsor is making a difference in his life, click here to learn more about our child sponsorship program.
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Distribution of Relief Care Packages at Hill Station to Flood-Affected Victims

Over 700+ landslide and flood victims have been relocated to Hill Station and are now housed in tents there. We have secured office space near medical center working closely with Ministry of Health / WHO.

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Sat, 09/09/2017
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Dream Home Kids Attend Summer YFC Camp

On the 17th of August 2017 fourteen Dream Home Children left the Mellon Street residence to head to Kono for the 5 day Youth for Christ Camp

They made a lot of friends. This was evident by the series of phone calls received and made by the kids in the days following the camp.

With the many challenges confronting young people, active discussions took place where the youths discussed the different angles on each topic. The youths were well equipped on how to handle these challenges.

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Sat, 09/09/2017
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Mosquito Nets are Helping Famililes in Liberia

Thanks to your donations, we were able to purchase 30 bed nets to protect families in Liberia from mosquitos while they sleep.   Less than 10% of children sleep under protective nets in Liberia, where malaria is still a frequent and killer disease. Malaria causes unnecessary sickness, hospitalization, and deaths - most of which could be easily prevented. The long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets provide an effective barrier and protection from   You are helping save lives through your donations that purchased bed nets for these families in need. In the photo, you can see some of the families and children that received bed nets.  Each family expressed their gratitude and relief knowing that their family was now protected. Bed nets are one of the simplest and least expensive ways to prevent deadly malaria.  You can help us continue providing bed nets to families in need until every child is protected.
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