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Connecting with you and friends.... Please visit our pages and like, friend us or join us, if you have an account. If you don't have an account and really want to help, you can always sign up and be our friend / join our online group. Help us get the word out.      Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/developafrica   Facebook Cause: https://www.causes.com/developafrica      Myspace.com: http://www.myspace.com/developafrica   and http://groups.myspace.com/developafrica   Develop Africa, Inc. Visit this group    Care2: http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/developafrica This text is replaced by the Flash movie. var so = new SWFObject("http://www.change.org/widget_flash/npLarge.swf?xmlFile=http://www.change.org/widgets/content/nonprofit_community/KDUBCHHHRYJBOKYGWNJXLXQANVVHYL", "ChangeCommunity", "300", "60", "8", "#FFFFFF");so.addParam("quality", "high");so.addParam("wmode", "transparent");so.addParam("salign", "t");so.write("npLarge");    Change.org: http://www.change.org/developafrica We value you, your involvement and are always looking for creative suggestions on how we could better connect with you and meet new people.    Got  a suggestion on something else we should do?  Let us know...              
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Newsletter Released - April to July 2007

New edition of newsletter released - April to July 2007: See what's new - read newsletter   Want newsletter emailed to you?   Subscribe to newsletter
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Newsletter Released - Volume 2 Issue 1

New edition of newsletter released: Catch up on updates, progress etc: Read Newsletter.     Want newsletter emailed to you?   Subscribe to newsletter
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December 2006 / January 2007 Visit and Training: YEDEM

December 2006 / January  2007 Visit and Training: YEDEM, Freetown, Sierra Leone: A team from Develop Africa, Inc. visited YEDEM, Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Team members were Sylvester Renner, President and Dr. Jasmine Renner, Development Director.  During the visit, the team sponsored and provided 2 days of training - Introductory and Advanced Microsoft Word.  This training covered features such as page layout, bullets and numbering, borders and shading, tables etc.  On overview of the Windows Operating system was also given for participants who were entirely new to computers.  Training was offered at the iEARN facilities, Stadium Hostel, Freetown, Sierra Leone - January 5th-6th, 2007. The team additionally provided training on web page design to YEDEM.  Training materials, web page design software and links to online tutorials were made available to YEDEM.  The web page design training was offered as part of a transition process to enable YEDEM to manage and update its own website. YEDEM's current website (www.yedem.org) was designed and created by a Develop Africa volunteer.  On-going support is being offered to ensure complete sustainability and enhancements to the site.   View pictures...    
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Promise of Hope Tuition Scholarship Award, January 2007

Freetown, Sierra Leone: Develop Africa awards 8 (eight) Promise of Hope (Tuition) Scholarships to the youth and children. In January 2007, Develop Africa awarded 8 (eight) tuition scholarships to deserving youths and children in Sierra Leone.  The recipients of the scholarship award are: Marie Mansaray, Momoh Koroma, Mustapha Koroma, Ishmail Gassama,  Mayah Kamara, Martha Johnny (from the UMC primary school in George Brook, Freetown) Paul Affiong and Portia Affiong from the (Flaming Preparatory School, Ascension Town).  The scholarship award ceremony took place on the school grounds of UMC Primary School in George Brook, Freetown. The occasion was graced by the parents, friends, teachers and staff of the school and the recipients of the scholarship award.  An award ceremony ensued which included a brief key note speech by the President of Develop Africa, Mr. Sylvester Renner, welcome and opening remarks by the Director of Development, Dr. Jasmine Renner and vision / closing remarks by Mrs. Janet Tucker, Coordinator for Develop Africa, Sierra Leone. The presentation of certificates was conducted by Develop Africa’s Coordinator Sierra Leone, Mrs. Janet Tucker and the Development Director, Dr. Jasmine Renner.   The headmistress (Principal) of UMC primary school, Mrs. Nancy Showers in closing, thanked Develop Africa sponsors and donors for bringing hope to recipients and assured Develop Africa that the children would make good use of the scholarship funds.  One of the recipients of the tuition scholarship gave a vote of thanks on behalf of all the recipients and assured Develop Africa that they (recipients) would do their best to maintain academic excellence.  See photos of this award ceremony ...
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Volunteer of The Year Award - 2006

Volunteers are very special and important people!  Without them, Develop Africa, inc. would quickly grind to a halt.  To fulfill its mandate, Develop Africa, Inc, depends on the gracious efforts of several volunteers.  These volunteers are involved in a range of tasks such as web design projects, office administration, program administration, assisting with training, sorting and packing of books etc.    It would be difficult to acknowledge all of the invaluable assistance that volunteers have provided in one form or the other over the year 2006.  The volunteers have selflessly given many, many, many hours of their time.  Their contributions have made a great difference, and today many lives have been touched because of your assistance.  The organization is bigger, stronger and continues to grow. All of your efforts have been deeply appreciated.  “Thank you for your confidence and willing to assist a compelling vision”.    The Board would additionally like to gratefully acknowledge the exemplary efforts and contributions of the following three individuals:  An award certificate and a modest gift of appreciation have been sent to each volunteer.  In addition, the three volunteers will be featured as “Volunteer of the Year, 2006” in the January 2007 newsletter. Matt Saul Re’Cole Cook Austin Swope   Matt Saul: I was born in 1980 and moved around a lot as a kid. Before I turned ten our family lived overseas twice, once in Honduras and once in El Salvador. While I was too young and insulated to gain much cross-cultural expertise from these experience, my worldview did expand some. In El Salvador, at the age of eight, I wrote my first computer program, a simple Commodore 64 BASIC script that printed a string of characters multiple times. Fast forward to early high school where I programmed simple games and created graphics and music. Later in high school I learned web design at a Scouting Explorer Post sponsored by the Mid-Pen Library Co-op going on to author several websites, some of which enjoyed modest popularity. I went to Wheaton College, majoring in Computer Science which I really enjoyed, taking student employment in the college’s Media Resources department doing computer troubleshooting, video encoding, and web design. I stayed employed with the college after graduating, working under the Senior Web Designer. After being laid off due to budget cuts, I began doing  
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Donation of Books from Care Bears Preschool Curriculum Program

Donation of Books from Care Bears Preschool Curriculum Program: :  In November this year (2006), The Care Bears preschool curriculum program, You're Never Too Young to Care, in conjunction with the annual celebration of National Care Week organized a special event at Malls where the community was invited to donate children’s books.  The 2006 National Care Week celebration kicked off with a national "Share-A-Story" event.  As part of this event, a book donation drive was held on November 4-5 at selected mall locations throughout the country to encourage children to spread the love of reading. The donation program took place at 87 malls. Each participating mall location had a book donation collection site. New and gently used books appropriate for children ages pre-school through primary grades were collected.  Through this event, Develop Africa had the opportunity to receive a donation of books from 2 malls in Knoxville TN.   Books will be distributed to children and schools in Africa through our Million Book Project
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Help us Raise Funds Through FirstGiving

Finally ... Online Fund Raising For Everybody Through Firstgiving.com  The Firstgiving website allows you to create a personal page and solicit funds for your favorite charity (us - Develop Africa, Inc.).  This is a great idea for people who want to help us to raise funds.  You can add a link to your firstgiving page on your web site, blog, myspace.com page.   More information...    
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