Happy Mothers' Day & We See Endless Possibilities

  Develop Africa  E-Newsletter - May 2011  In This Newsletter... » Greetings - Happy Mother's Day... and We See Endless Possibilities   » Sewing Machines and Computers Provided to Global Harvest College, the Gambia   » A New Roof, A New Day - Thanks For Your Support   »   Having Difficulty Choosing a Mother’s Day Gift for Mom?   » "Why I'm Optimistic About West Africa": An excerpt from Jennifer Buffett’s article in the Huffington Post   » Take The Challenge - Donate $10 Each Month and Save One Individual From The Threat of Malaria   » Thanks!                     Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter as they are the best ways of staying updated with what we are doing and development work in general.        Contact Us: Got questions, suggestions on what  we can do better?   Like to get involved?     Please contact us .  We would love to hear from you!             Useful  Links Develop Africa Home Page   How you can help             Warm greetings Happy Mother's Day! Worldwide, Mother's day is celebrated on different days.  It is one of the most recognized days and its importance cannot be overemphasized.  The essential process of raising children in many cultures rests squarely (and sometimes solely) on the mother.  We all have in many ways been impacted by our mothers and we owe them a debt of gratitude.  Regardless of when Mother's day is celebrated in your corner of the globe (or if not at all), we pause to acknowledge you - our Mothers - worldwide.  We celebrate you and will forever be grateful for the role you played in our lives.  To all Mothers we wish you strength and wisdom as you train and raise up your child(ren).  Thank you so much. Together with Jennifer Buffet (article link below), we believe in and are optimistic about not just West Africa - but the entire Africa.  We see endless possibilities.  We see a future where Africa is empowered, successful and has risen to take its place.  We see an Africa with all its potential - human, natural etc. - fully developed and tapped. The newsletter below provides a brief update about how we are making an impact and how you can help further. Thank for reading and your support. Featured Story: Sewing Machines and Computers Provided to Global Harvest College, the Gambia Recently we partnered up with GHC, and through funds received from Chase we helped the college purchase sewing machines and computers. Check out the introductory YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSTHMPnof_0<br /> <br /> To share a little about the College: Ten years after they opened their doors, the Skills Center (now the Global Harvest College) continues to welcome those who wish to further their education. On March 20, 2011 a new semester began with student orientation, conducted by the CEO and the College Manager.   By the time students graduate from GHC, they will have completed core courses for their general education, courses such as Adult Literacy and Numeracy. In addition, they will have acquired a life skill of their choosing. Among their choices are tailoring and computer technology.   A New Roof, A New Day - Thanks For Your Support If you remember, a little over a month ago a storm blew through and tore the roof off of the CAPEC school, a school we have helped support for some time now. During the last month, donors have responded to the crisis in an amazing way. The CAPEC school now has a brand new roof, and continues its mission to advance the education of over 100 students. Having Difficulty Choosing a Mother’s Day Gift for Mom? We suggest donating a bag of rice to a family in need. In the following stories you’ll meet a couple of mothers to whom, you can tell from the smiles on their faces, a bag of rice makes all the difference in the world.  Through the SeeYourImpact website, you will receive a story of a specifc family recipient that you can share with your mother.  Full Bellies and Warm Hearts for the Kanu Family! The Kanu family has six immediate members-Aminata, her husband and their four children.  However, the Kanus have opened their home to relatives who are far less fortunate.  Her husband tries to provide for everyone on a monthly salary of only $70, but this extended family lives without running water and other basic necessities. The bag of rice donated means so much to the Kanu family. Not only will their bellies be filled, but their hearts will be warmed knowing that you care.  The Kanu family expresses their sincerest thanks!   Mabinty and Her Family Sleep with Full Bellies! Mabinty and her family live in a two bedroom zinc sheet home with no running water or electricity. Mabinty, the matriarch of the family, was forced to become a single mother and raise her four children alone, after her husband abandoned the family several months ago.  She does the best she can to meet her family’s needs, but it is a daily struggle for Mabinty, who earns only $50 each month. The 80 kg bag of rice means that this family now goes to bed without empty bellies. Mabinty is so grateful for the timely donation and sends thanks and blessings. "Why I'm Optimistic About West Africa": An excerpt from Jennifer Buffett’s article in the Huffington Post "I believe in a simple, bold idea: Women and girls have the power to lead their countries away from war to peace and prosperity. As I walked around the pock-marked, uneven roads of Monrovia, Liberia recently, I spoke with one powerful woman who reaffirmed my faith in this vision. Marian Rogers is a social worker with the International Rescue Committee who has dedicated her life to unlocking the potential of Liberia's most vulnerable girls and women. Marian is an example of the determination, resilience and strength that she seeks to inspire in others. After the tragic death of her parents when she was just 21, she single-handedly raised her five siblings while putting herself through school. Having overcome enormous odds, Marian is now working to tip the scales in favor of girls across her country. When she looks at a girl, she sees endless possibilities. As she told me recently, "that girl's hands increase the growth of every community. If we all try to protect the rights of women and girls...the world will be a better place, free from violence." Read full article here - http://huff.to/ilx2i7   Take The Challenge - Donate $10 Each Month and Save One Individual From The Threat of Malaria Did you know that for only $10 per month - the cost of 1-2 lunch sandwiches - Develop Africa can provide a treated mosquito net in Sierra Leone? As you may know Malaria is still a deadly disease in Africa.  Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection ... Malaria kills. But it can be prevented.  The nets that we are providing have proven to be very effective - but we need your help. By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through GlobalGiving's Recurring Donation Campaign!  We need at least ten new recurring donations before the end of the day Friday, May 20 EDT in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500. Sign up for a recurring donation here - http://bit.ly/netssavelives .  Be sure to click on the "monthly recurring" option below the large orange "donate" button.  You can read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here  http://bit.ly/kZb65t . Thanks! Thanks for helping make all this and more happen!  We deeply appreciate all friends, volunteers, donors and workers that are helping make change happen in Africa. Happy Mother's Day to all our Mothers and Sisters worldwide.  With the best of wishes Sylvester Renner and the Develop Africa Team   
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Help Provide Mosquito Nets By Signing Up For Recurring Donations - and Receive a Free Develop Africa Mug

  Dear friends Did you know that for only $10 per month - the cost of 1-2 lunch sandwiches - Develop Africa can provide a treated mosquito net in Sierra Leone?  As you may know Malaria is still a deadly disease in Africa.  Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection ... Malaria kills. But it can be prevented.  The nets that we are providing have proven to be very effective - but we need your help.   We depend on donations to provide these valuable nets to the community each month. Help us continue to provide essential, life-saving nets to more people by signing up for a recurring donation! A recurring donation is easy to set up and automatically goes to your credit card each month so you can help provide a steady income for more nets, without having to worry about making separate donations each month. By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through GlobalGiving's Recurring Donation Campaign!  We need at least ten new recurring donations before the end of the day Friday, May 20 EDT in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500.   Sign up for a recurring donation here - http://bit.ly/netssavelives .  Be sure to click on the "monthly recurring" option below the large orange "donate" button.  You can read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here  http://bit.ly/kZb65t .   Will you give up 1-2 lunch sandwiches a month to help save lives?  Thank you for your support in this campaign!   Best wishes,   Sylvester and the Develop Africa Team  
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World Malaria Day - a Chance to Help Make Malaria History!

Today is 25 April - a day to commemorate global efforts to control malaria. The theme this World Malaria Day - Achieving Progress and Impact. Together, with your support, since the start of last year, Develop Africa has distributed approximately 1000 mosquito nets free.  These effective, life-saving nets have been warmly received and we look forward to distributing at least double that amount this year.  These nets have reduced the impact of malaria. "Reducing the impact of malaria is key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, agreed by every United Nations Member State. These include not only combating the disease itself, but also goals related to women's and children's rights and health, access to education and the reduction of extreme poverty." World Malaria Day represents a chance for all of us to make a difference.   You can help make malaria history by donating a net today for $10 - /donations Thanks for helping to eradicate malaria - /donations  
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One for One - Roses and Rockers Send Supplies to Develop Africa

We recently received from Art Supplies for Change our first box of crayons for schools in Africa   Art Supplies for Change - www.rosesandrockers.etsy.com is making a difference and giving back.  The store sells a range of items including crayons and children love coloring and drawing with crayons.   For every ONE purchase on www.rosesandrockers.etsy.com, ONE box of crayons will be donated to Develop Africa - to be distributed free to children in need of school supplies in Africa.  From their website: "Erin, started Roses and Rockers a while ago to produce children's art supplies to one day to grow it into a Christian Children's Art Studio. While producing children shoes, custom screen prints, and crayons; she discovered that donating to children in need was the most important in her heart. We both know how valuable learning art is for kids, seeing that we have two sons 4 and 2 ... and our daughter who just turned 1. They're our Rose and Rockers!" Vist their site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rosesandrockers  
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Fun Day at The Beach - Providing a Rich Experience For Children

"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy".      We help provide, in partnership with Door of Hope, Sierra Leone, a rich and diverse experience for the children. The children and youth enjoyed a day on the beautiful sands of the Bureh Beach. The kids were taught, fed and had a lot of fun.
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Disaster Hits School - Urgent Video Appeal for School Roof Restoration - Please Help

Update - Monday April 25th - Classes re-roofed.  Thanks for your support   One of the schools in Cameroon that Develop Africa supports was damaged during a recent storm. The CAPEC school's roof was torn from the building. Develop Africa is leading an initiative to raise $2,000 to have the roof put back on the school and get the kids back into school.       Please help by going to www.developafrica.org/donate and for Program Designation, choose Disaster Relief. All donations to the disaster fund will go directly towards getting the roof placed back on the CAPEC School. Thanks for your support!
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Newsletter - 4 stories - Disaster, Smile, Inspiration and Success

  Develop Africa  E-Newsletter - April 2011  In This Newsletter... » Greetings - 4 Stories - Disaster, Smile, Inspiration and  Success   » Disaster - Storm blows off roof of CAPEC school    » A Big "Thank You" to all donors of books and school supplies   » Meet A Smiling Thomasia - A Scholarship Beneficiary    » A Dream Inspires The Provision of School and Other Supplies   » Meet Mary - A Successful Microfinance Beneficiary   » Vision 2011 - How You Can Help                     Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter as they are the best ways of staying updated with what we are doing and development work in general.        Contact Us: Got questions, suggestions on what  we can do better?   Like to get involved?     Please contact us .  We would love to hear from you!             Useful  Links Develop Africa Home Page   How you can help             Warm greetings.  Highlighted, in this newsletter are 4 stories...  Disaster, Smile, Inspiration and Success. Disaster - Roof of CAPEC School Removed By Storm - Please Help Us Replace It Disaster Hits The School: A few days ago, we were saddened to hear of a disaster at the CAPEC School in Cameroon, a school that we help support.  Here is an excerpt from the email received from the school: “We had a terrible accident in school last week. Heavy rains accompanied with severe winds removed all the roof at school. We are just stuck.”  We were sadenned to see the photo.  As a partner with the school, we desperately need to help get the roof back on the school. We need your kind assistance.  Could you make a special donation today towards the replacement of the roof?  Please help us make this disaster work out for good.  When making your donation, simply choose the "Disaster Relief" category.  Thanks for your support.  You can also, see some "before" photos of the school here. A Big "Thank You" to all Books and School Supplies Donors - We Appreciate Your Support On an on-going basis, we receive supplies from children, students, adults, businesses, schools and all types of organizations and groups that are doing a phenomenal job - collecting books and school supplies for children in Africa.  We extend our deep gratitude to each and every one of you for your kind assistance.  Because of your support we are able to provide these supplies free.  Here is a partial list of some of the groups / organizations that have sent supplies in the past months  West Seneca East Key Club Brownie Scout Troop 306   East Ridge Academy   Faith Lutheran Church  Centri Kids  Hungerford School  Rama Lotus Yoga Centre Florida Atlantic University Housing   East Islip High School  South Shore Education Center  Meet Smiling Thomasia - A Scholarship Beneficiary Meet Thomasia - As you can see in the photo, Thomasia is smiling .. and she has something to smile about. Thomasia has been a recipient of scholarship funds from Develop Africa for 3 years now.  She is doing great and is making steady progress in school.  The assistance we have provided together has helped cover her school related costs.  She and her mother are happy because this has brought a big relief to them. In order to ensure that funds invested into the education of Thomasia and other girls are not wasted, we follow up regularly with their academic and overall progress.  They are required to maintain good grades and maintain academic progress - in order to receive on-going support. They provide their academic report cards to us on a regular basis.  This has helped motivate them to work hard at school - to ensure they can maintain the scholarship.  The benefit to this is that good grades and progress in school directly helps their individual growth and development.  You can see a copy of Thomasia’s academic report card here Below is a thank you video from Thomasia (recorded last year).  Thomasia and her mother are deeply grateful for your support.      A Dream Inspires Kennedy to Provide 10 Boxes of School Supplies As told by Kenndy and her family: "Kennedy is 7 years old and last December awoke from a dream stating that she wanted to help orphans from around the world.  We found your site and loved the idea of sending school supplies.  Kennedy spent much of her Christmas break making bookmarks and Christmas ornaments which she sold at her mom's dental office.  She raised $600.00 in a matter of days.  She had a blast shopping for school supplies.  We were also fortunate to solicit a donation from two companies...Smilemakers (who donated pencils and toys) and Practicon (who donated toothbrushes!)  We will be shipping over 10 boxes of school supplies!" Thanks Kennedy and family for a tremendous effort and providing these supplies! Meet Mary - A Microfinance Beneficiary - Who is More Successful Now - Thanks in Part to You Mary is a single parent and she struggles to feed and educate her three children (2 boys, 1 girl), one in the university and two in high school. In addition to her three children Mary also has two wards. The responsibility of her family including school costs of books, school fees, uniforms, etc. rests squarely on Mary. She gets occasional assistance from her sister, but this is not enough to meet the daily needs of her family. Though a civil servant (a third grade clerk) Mary’s salary, which is less than $100 a month is pitifully insufficient to maintain her family. Mary sells various items (ice, cold water, soft drinks, palm oil, wood and blended). She has been in this business for over 10 years to augment her income and take care of her family and educate her children. Mary makes a profit of about $20 per month. She sells her items in a nearby school which shares boundary with her house. The low profit margin threatens the sustainability of her business. Mary therefore needed micro finance to expand her business to maximize profit, which she can plough back into the business for sustainability and to support her children, especially the two that will be entering university in October 2011. Mary is very grateful to Develop Africa and its partners for supporting her with microfinance to enhance her business and support her family.   Vision 2011 - Expand Our Impact, Invest in Lives -  How You Can Help Thanks again for helping make all this and more happen!  We deeply appreciate you. Here's how we can do more together: 1.  Help us re-roof the CAPEC school 2.  Commit to donating monthly.  This would help us significantly.  Please consider signing up for a monthly or quarterly recurring donation of $10, $25, $50 or more or more.     With the best of wishes... Sylvester Renner and The Develop Africa Team
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Empowering for the Marketplace: Computer Proficiency Training Helps Beneficiary Get a Job

We are delighted to share with you a brief thank you video clip from Kumba, one of the computer training beneficiaries.  Prior to the training, Kumba did not have the computer skills / proficiency required for getting her desired job. She had received the needed training for her field, but lacked the computer proficiency needed. After a one-month training session, she received the needed skills and a training certificate that was instrumental in her obtaining a job.    Such stories always warm our hearts because more and more youths / young adults are being empowered to become independent and productive members of their communities and nations. Together we can rejoice in knowing that we are helping to make a definite difference.    Please make a donation today and help provide additional training.  Thanks for your support!
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Distribution of Books, School Supplies - HALIBS Partnership

Through funds from Chase, Develop Africa assisted HALIBS with shipping 10 barrels of school supplies, textbooks, and other educational materials that supported over four hundred students at Victory Prep, located at Waterloo, Freetown Sierra Leone. HALIBS is a partner organization with Develop Africa - http://www.halibs.org/ . Develop Africa is delighted to partner with HALIBS. Each year HALIBS continues to advance its mission of contributing and strengthening the educational system in Africa by providing children with textbooks, reading materials, school supplies, and self standing libraries. Through HALIBS Connect our World program many lives have been changed for the better. The goal of HALIBS is to continue to make a difference in the lives of under privileged children in Africa. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to see improvement in these children lives. View more photos...href="/http://www.developafrica.org/help-african-libraries-victory-prep-school-distribution" We welcome your donations that will help us ship more books and impact many more lives.      
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Meet Mary - A Microfinance Beneficiary

Madam Mary R. is a single parent and she struggles to feed and educate her three children (2 boys, 1 girl),one in the university and two in high school. In addition to her three children Mary also has two wards. The responsibility of her family including school costs of books, school fees, uniforms, etc. rests squarely on Mary. She gets occasional assistance from her sister, but this is not enough to meet the daily needs of her family. Though a civil servant (a third grade clerk) Mary’s salary, which is less than $100 a month is pitifully insufficient to maintain her family. Mary sells various items (ice, cold water, soft drinks, palm oil, wood and blended). She has been in this business for over 10 years to augment her income and take care of her family and educate her children. Mary makes a profit of about $20 per month. She sells her items in a nearby school which shares boundary with her house. The low profit margin threatens the sustainability of her business. Mary therefore needed micro finance to expand her business to maximize profit, which she can plough back into the business for sustainability and to support her children, especially the two that will be entering university in October 2011. The basic cost of university per student per annum is $3000. Mary is very grateful to Develop Africa and its partners for supporting her with micro finance to enhance her business and support her family. In celebration of International Women's Day, we celebrate you Mary and all women globally.   See more photos of Mary Help provide a microfinance loan to another woman  
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