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Aaron Sends a Video of Appreciation to his Sponsor

This Child Sponsorship Update gives you a look into the relationship/communication between children and their sponsors.  

This is actual communication exchanged from a child to his sponsor.

In Aaron's video to his sponsor, he says:  "Hello Amy, I'm Aaron.  Thank you for your support.  I am now in class 9.  I am doing super"

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Thank you for helping Patrick and his family

Thank you so much for providing support to Patrick and his family.  Your generosity has made going to school and having nutritional meals a little easier for them.  Patrick and his family extend their deep gratitude to you.  We are so very grateful for your support. We welcome your support in providing support for other student scholarships; let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true!  Donate to the education of students in Liberia
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The Dream Home Children Enjoyed Their Summer - Thanks to YOUR Generosity

The Dream Home children had a busy July and August with multiple visitors, summer camps, report cards and gifts.  None of this would be possible without the generosity of people like YOU!   The kids were delighted by the generosity of the visitors and the gifts they received. The children finished their school year well and are all looking forward to another successful school year this year.  Visitors this summer included: the Royal Servants, Uncle Cheedy, Aunt Edwina and The Bow Valley Baptist Church from Canada.  The kids were delighted to spend time with all of their visitors. You can see more photos of the Royal Servants in the Full Photo Album Gifts this summer included: Aunt Cecelia’s boxes of peanuts for the kids that they love receiving.The children also received candy from the Royal Servants during their visit. Uncle Cheedy gave each of the children a monetary gift during his visit. Fourteen of the children went to Kono for the Youth for Christ Camp. The camp was an enriching experience for them spiritually. They also enjoyed the social interaction with their peers and other camp activities. You can see more photos of the summer camp in the Summer Camp Album. The Dream Home received their report cards and seventeen of the children advanced to the next class level. There are now six Dream Home children in High School. Your continued support helps us provide the food, education, and security that these Ebola orphans need. Because of your support, the kids had a great summer. They are now ready to start the new school year. They look forward to another successful year.  You are making a lasting a difference for these children!  
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Learning Activities For Flood-Affected Kids at the Juba Camp

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Sun, 09/24/2017
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Thanks To You, Youths Are Gaining Critical Skills For Academic Success

We greatly appreciate your continued support that has given multiple youths and young adults the computer training they need to be successful in today’s world of technology. They are acquiring the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently.  Possessing basic computer skills is a critical part of academic success. There are currently 34 students at the Creating Pathways Computer Centre. Some are learning how to use a computer; some are on MS EXCEL, PowerPoint, and Access. Classes run from Monday to Friday. Click or tap here to see photos from the computer classes. Marion, one of the young ladies taking classes, shows us in this video some of what she has learned in Excel - https://youtu.be/dqjag4MT_ag. Your support helped to make it possible for her to learn this.  Marion and her fellow students are very thankful for your support.   Thank you for helping to provide the skills needed - towards a brighter future.
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Theresa Can Study Better and Safer - Thanks to YOU!

We greatly appreciate your support that enables us to provide solar power and technology to students who had to rely on dangerous kerosene lamps previously to study at night.  Theresa is one of the students who has benefitted from her solar light. Theresa is thirteen years old and is in JSS 1 (Junior Secondary School).  She enjoys reading and her favorite subject is English.  She truly enjoys going to school and is delighted to have a solar light that enables her to read and study at night.  She would like to be a teacher when she grows up.  Theresa expressed her appreciation for the solar light that has made a difference in her life. We want every child to have the opportunity to read and study safely. We are together making the world safer, 1 child at a time.  Please join us in making children’s lives brighter and safer by providing solar power and technology to other students in need.  
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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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