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Susan is Working on a Better Future

Thanks in part to your support, Susan is finishing up at the Vocational Institute.  She is an unmarried young woman with a baby. She is working to complete her vocational training in hair dressing. This will enable her to support herself and her baby.  Together, we are helping give her a new start in life with new opportunities. In this YouTube video Susan says:  Hello, my name is Susan, a former student of Creating Pathways Centre Develop Africa Sierra Leone; I was one of the girls that benefited from the educational assistance provided to girls that were attending classes at the centre. I am presently attending Generation 21 Vocational Institute and I am doing well. I want to say a big thank you to Develop Africa for your support, am presently staying with my daughter and things are not easy for us. I just want to say thank you and God bless.  I am looking forward to Develop Africa for more help thank you. We are together making a difference in young women's lives, like Susan. With your continued support, we will together help more young women.  We are giving them the tools they need to be successful. We are helping to equip them for a better future - for themselves and their children.
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eHealth Africa Team Provides Water Tank and Plumbing Supplies to Running Water Project

A team from eHealth Africa visited the Dream Home on June 30, 2017 – convening at the Grace Christians In Action Church. The meeting commenced with an opening prayer made by Mrs. Agnes Othello-Kargbo. Mr. Musa Komeh a staff of eHealth chaired the meeting. Mr. Joshua Sandy, the Coordinator of Dream Again Home. made the welcome address. He welcomed eHealth to the family of children that have lost their parents to the Ebola epidemic that claimed so many lives in Sierra Leone.

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Kadiatu Sends Video of Thanks to her Sponsor

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 / her sponsor.

In Kadiatu's video to her sponsor she says:  "Hello, my name is Kadiatu Marie Sesay. I am attending Elshadi Primary School. I am in class 6. I love to go to school. Thank you for your support" 

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Our Support is Enabling a Welcome and Appreciated Alternative For The Kids And Youths

Our implementing partner, the Civil Affairs Team in Cameroon, along with members of the US Task Force in Cameroon visited Centre Notre Dame De L'Accueil, commonly referred to as CENODA, and supplied them with some of the school supplies that you helped to provide. Your donations helped cover the shipping costs.  CENODA is a non-profit rehabilitation center for underprivileged youth, vulnerable children, teenage mothers, and widows in Cameroon. CENODA provides education and vocational training while children and teenage mothers live in the dormitories. CENODA is an instrumental support channel to a population that lives in an economically challenged environment. The population is susceptible to a lifestyle of crime, poverty and extremist organizations. Some of the kids and youths have been orphaned as a direct result of Boko Haram activities in North Cameroon. Our support is enabling a welcome and appreciated alternative for the kids and youths. We are supporting education as a pathway to a brighter and alternate future. This support is essential and life-transforming. Thanks to your support, we are providing to CENODA and other organizations the resources they need to meet the needs of the population in Northern Cameroon. We are truly making a difference - helping to support education.  We are changing mindsets and building a brighter future in Cameroon.  
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Improvement in Academic Work, Visit of Clowns and Easter Party

The children are improving in their academic work. Fanta, Daniel, Susan, Mariatu, and Felicia are doing well in their class in the primary category.  Tutors in the After School lessons have aided in their improvement. Dorcas, Fatmata, Mabinty, and Osman are doing well in high school. Alhaji sat to the N.P.S.E in May. Geraldine is also committed to her studies to take the private W.A.S.S.C.E. Easter Monday - April 17, was a public holiday. We had a party sponsored by Mike, a Board member.  The children enjoyed the Easter celebration.  There was a lot of food, drinks, and dancing. In early June, the children had a visit from Clowns Without Borders. Artists from Clowns Without Borders brought joy and cheer to Dream Home children and other kids at the Vickrays Primary School. The kids had a fun time - with lots of smiles and laughter. View photos from the show. Our focus continues to be ensuring that they live rounded lives.  We are providing the best care that we could for them. Over the past 3 months, we have together raised $1,348.32 through GlobalGiving. This amount is about half of what we need on a monthly basis to meet our budget.  Your support helps us provide the food and security that they need.  Because of you, the children are able to participate in a wide range of celebrations and activities.     
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Your Support is Helping to Developing Proficiency in PowerPoint - An In-Demand Job Skill

April 27 was the 56th Anniversary of Sierra Leone's Independence.  To celebrate the day, the ladies in the Creating Pathways Computer Lab were challenged to create different designs in PowerPoint commemorating the day.  The ladies enjoyed the exercise and  expressed their creativity and had fun in the process. The colorful slides reflected the colors of the national flag of Sierra Leone - green, white and blue. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint are top in-demand job skills according to research.  This is relevant not just in the US, but also in Sierra Leone. Consequently, it is no surprise that the training that we are offering is in demand and highly appreciated.  Together we are helping to provide the needed skills for success in today's society.   Your support helps to cover staff salaries and lab running costs so we can continue to offer this in-demand job skills training to deserving youths.   We appreciate your on-going assistance as we empower youths and raise a savvy, equipped generation.
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Kabba Thanks his Sponsor

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 / her sponsor. In Kabba's letter to his sponsor he says:  "Hope all is well with you and your family. Knowing that the fund you provided for me has been used to pay my school fees and getting other necessary school items made me so very happy. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you for being my helper.  It will amaze you to know that your sponsorship have created an unforgettable impact in my academics as I am now in JSS2 (Junior Secondary School) Thanks a lot. Wishing you a prosperous 2017. Love, Kabba"  Kabba's sponsor is making a difference in his life, click here to learn more about our child sponsorship program.
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You Helped Provide 124 Mosquito Bed Nets to Families!

According to the World Health Organization, in 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases and an estimated 429 000 malaria deaths. Increased prevention and control measures have led to a 29% reduction in malaria mortality rates globally since 2010. Sub-Saharan Africa continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden.  While those statistics are very sad, the reality is we can and we are doing something to change that.  We are together making progress and reducing malaria- related deaths. The World Health Organization confirms that long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are the preferred form of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs) for public health programmes. In most settings, WHO recommends LLIN coverage for all people at risk of malaria. The most cost-effective way to achieve this is by providing LLINs free of charge, to ensure equal access for all. In parallel, effective behaviour change communication strategies are required to ensure that all people at risk of malaria sleep under a LLIN every night, and that the net is properly maintained.  (WHO Fact Sheet) Your donations are making this possible - the targeted free distribution to at-risk beneficiaries. Bed Nets are a proven way to significantly reduce malaria and thanks to your generosity, we are continuing to provide bed nets to families in need.  We are not going to stop until every person in Sierra Leone has a bed net protecting them. In the last 3 months, we distributed 124 bed nets to families in Sierra Leone.  You can see some of the smiling faces of families and children receiving bed nets. They are smiling in appreciation of a healthy, malaria-free future - thanks to YOUR support! You are truly helping us save lives by your support and we really appreciate your continued support.     
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Solar Radios Help Girls Improve Their English

We recently distributed 38 Multipurpose Solar radios to girls at the FAWE school.  The girls were excited and very happy to receive the radios. 

At the distribution ceremony, Joseph, our program Coordinator, encouraged the girls to tune into educative radio broadcasts that were put together by the Ministry of Education to add value to their lives. The broadcasts, he explained, will help them to improve their English.  

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Wed, 07/12/2017
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Girls Will Soon Be Using The Computers That YOU Helped Provide

Thanks so much for supporting computer training for the girls at the FAWE school.   Thanks to your support, we have shipped 3 computers that will help to ensure that the girls continue to receive basic computer training. You can see photos of the drums containing the computers here.  They will soon be using these computers. The girls deeply appreciate the computer training that we are providing.  What we are doing is unique and in high demand.  We are together helping to lay the foundation for a great future for these girls.  You can see the excitement in the faces of the girls in the photos. Through the gift of computer proficiency, we are empowering and helping to prepare them for the demands of our computer-aided society.  This is priceless! We deeply appreciate your support and welcome your on-going assistance.  
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