Develop Africa Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 3 - December 2008

    Develop Africa, Inc.  E-Newsletter - December 2008  In This Newsletter... » Christmas Greetings and The Rising Third World... » Develop Africa Boosts Education » Develop Africa Featured in Local TV Interview » GlobalGiving Campaign Success » Are you on Facebook? » New Website Focusing on Scholarships » Sending Books to Africa - Mr. K.'s Used Books... » Your Email - Email Quotes » African Business Portal - Help Develop a Site, Promote Business » New Car Donation Website         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!   "No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." (Edmund Burke)     Useful  Links Develop Africa Home Page How you can help Gift Packages - see different ways you can make an impact Help us provide scholarships           Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others? Martin Luther King, Jr         Greetings Warm greetings. Trust that this has been a good year for you.  On behalf of the Board I would like to wish you "Seasons Greetings" and "Merry Christmas".  View our electronic Holiday Card. This year, Develop Africa has had the opportunity to impact many lives particularly in the area of education.  We also gained permanent access to fundraising on GlobalGiving, a global platform.  DA also continues to be an example and an inspiration to many other organizations.  If for nothing else, for this we are thankful.  We wish all other organizations out there great success as we help rebuild Africa. All this would not be possible without your volunteer support, suggestions, comments, financial support and encouragement.  Thanks for taking the time to care.  We're listening... and we appreciate you. The world is at a crucial crossroads and Africa is getting more and more airtime and attention these days. From the political scene to the social scene and beyond, Africa will continue to be in the news as the Third World rises to increasing influence.  Sure, there are many challenges to overcome and mountains to cross... but Africa will continue to progress and make an increasing mark on history that cannot be ignored.  Its Africa's time, turn and Africa is taking its place. What an opportunity we have - to help support and shape future leaders!  Thank you for joining us in investing into the future leaders of not just African nations, but the World.   Develop Africa Featured in Local TV Interview In December 2008, Sylvester Renner, the President of Develop Africa, had the unique opportunity of doing an interview for local TV News Channel 11 - WJHL in Johnson City, Tennessee. During the interview, Sylvester explains his motivation for starting the organization - a passion to do his own part - to make a difference. Read more... watch Interview... Develop Africa Boosts Education in Africa "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela. Develop Africa on Thursday 6th November 2008, provided scholarships and school materials to children and schools in Sierra Leone. The donated items included text books, note books, crayons, rulers, colored pencils, pens, markers and other important learning materials. The Head Teacher of one of the schools the UMC Primary School, Dwarzark, Rev. Nancy Showers, thanked Develop Africa for such a great gesture. "I am very grateful to Develop Africa for thinking of developing education in this country. I also hope that they will continue with such as this will help immensely in the development of education in Sierra Leone," she added. The presentation to several schools was covered in a local newspaper.  For a link to the newspaper article, more information and some pictures, please read more here. Thank you all for helping making this happen!   GlobalGiving Campaign - Success In November, Develop Africa successfully participated in a special campaign with GlobalGiving.  As a result, Develop Africa now has permanent access to raise funds on GlobalGiving.  Thanks to all the volunteers, helpers and all who gave time and money towards this campaign.   Are you on Facebook?  Please join our group.  Help us spread the word and expand our impact...     New Website Focusing on Scholarships One of the first and key areas that Develop Africa got involved in is promoting education through the provision of scholarships. Develop Africa was birthed out of the vision that human resource development is the key to improving nation-building capacity in Africa. The Promise of Hope Scholarship was established to address the social and economic needs of less privileged and gifted children who are not able to continue their schooling because of finances. The benefits are long-term as it helps them escape from poverty.   In order to further promote this area, Develop Africa has launched a special web site focusing on scholarships. As part of this initiative, Develop Africa has teamed up with Tiffany Jung, who shares a similar passion to promote education in Africa.   During the summer of 2007, Tiffany spent almost three months in Gambia, West Africa. The experience, working at the grassroots level, helped her to understand the African Diaspora. Read more - visit the website - ScholarshipAfrica.org.  We invite you to join us in empowering the next generation.  These illumined and transformed lives will never be the same.  They are our future leaders.   Sending Books to Africa - Mr. K's Bookstore Develop Africa regularly gets children's books from Mr. K.s Used Books, Music and More - in Johnson City, TN.  The management of this store have been kind enough to also place a donation box at their shop counter - where shoppers can donate towards shipping costs.  We salute them for their passion in action!  If you would like to do likewise, please contact us.   Your Mail - Quotes From Email's Received: Below are a couple quotes from emails we have received... "Each year my daughter and husband ask that we take the money we would spend for their 2 little boys for Christmas gifts and donate it to a child who doesn't have much. Then, instead of their gift, get them a Christmas tree ornament and a card for their scrapbooks telling where the donation went to. They said they want to instill the real meaning of Christmas in them, so that has become a tradition." B.M. "I sincerely value your website. The information you offer is very useful and may be equally valuable to our supporters. I commend you on your success and I hope to have as much authority and web presence as your site has in the near future." N.K.   African Business Portal - Help Develop a Site, Promote Business Develop Africa is in the process of putting together a Business Portal that will help networking business owners and investors both in Africa and outside Africa.  It is hoped that this resource will help to showcase the continent and provide connections and general information. Get involved: Take part in its development as a project manager, content contributor, developer List your business Donate towards expenses in putting together this site / Sponsor Advertise your business on this site  Sign up here....   New Vehicle Donation Website Earlier this year, Develop Africa launched a special vehicle donation website.  This website makes it easy for individuals / businesses in America to donate their vehicles towards supporting Develop Africa's programs in Africa.  Vehicles accepted include cars, boats, RVs and motorcycles.  Donations through this site are managed by one of our partners.    For more information, please visit http://www.MyGiftToAfrica.org  This site was put together with the help of one of our volunteers.  Special thanks for this site goes to Beccy H.   Closing Courtesies As the year closes, we wish to say a final "thank you".  We appreciate you and all you are doing to make a difference. Best wishes for a meaningful 2009. Sylvester Renner President  
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Pencil Project Pencils - Distributed in Cameroon

In Partnership with CAPEC, pencils from the Prairie Grove Junior High in Illinois were distributed in Cameroon.  The children and team members of this school collected and shipped over 2700 pencils directly to a partner organization - CAPEC in Cameroon.  Read more and see pictures from this drive    See report on CAPEC's website...   Our thanks to Collette and Mrs Bieschke for their important role in making this happen. Help us ship pencils and school supplies to Africa - make a donation today          
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Develop Africa Boosts Education in Sierra Leone

  Develop Africa on Thursday 6th November 2008, provided school materials to the children and schools in Sierra Leone. The donated items included text books, note books, crayons, rulers, colored pencils, pens, markers and other important learning materials, including scholarships. Here are excerpts from the article:   "Making the first presenting of items to the United Brethren in Christ primary school at Lumley, an assistant to the founder of the charity, Mr. John Tucker, disclosed that Develop Africa is a non-profit making organization aimed at empowering the future leaders of Africa, by supporting their education and development. He said the dishing out of scholarships also forms part of the donation, established to provide financial assistance to increase educational opportunities and access to vulnerable children and youths that need economic base to afford tuition and other educational costs. He called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity to upgrade their educational standards. " "At the Tower Hill Kindergarten and Primary School, another senior member of the organization, Miss. Joane Tucker, on behalf of the coordinator donated similar items to help boost the pupils of that school. Here the pupils expressed great happiness for what they referred to as a timely windfall. Some of the pupils spoken to said the donation was unique as most of the books supplied are hard to come by even on the markets". "Also at the UMC Primary School at Dwarzark, Miss. Tucker donated similar items and awarded the sum of Le.200,000 (Two hundred thousand Leones) each to fifteen pupils of various community schools in Freetown".   Pupils of UMC primary school Dwazark displaying their items On her part, the Head Teacher of the UMC Primary School, Dwarzark, Rev. Nancy Showers, thanked Develop Africa for such a great gesture. "I am very grateful to Develop Africa for thinking of developing education in this country. I also hope that they will continue with such as this will help immensely in the development of education in Sierra Leone," she added. Pupils of Towerhill Kindergarten and primary schools displaying their items     - View more pictures...      - Help us send more supplies / provide scholarships - donate now      - Read full Awarenesstimes Newspaper article online: http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200510331.shtml       - In case the Newspaper article is unavailable, please click here to see a PDF copy of the page    
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Fund Raising Drive - Listed in Local Newspaper

Details about the current fund raising campaign with GlobalGiving has been included in Community Section of one of the local newspapers - the Bristol Herald Courier.   See the Fundraising Drive Detail - PDF    
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Pay it Forward - Summer Project

Here is an exemplary email from someone special who decided to do something good - for children in Africa.     Dear Develop Africa, This summer my school gave us a project to do, it is called "Pay It Forward." Which means I have to do something great this summer, and I chose to donate school supplies to Develop Africa. I am sending a box full of school supplies and some money for shipping. I used the list on your website as a guideline to purchase supplies. The supplies I bought are: 2 containers of 8 1/2-11 filler paper 4 graph notebooks  4 one subject notebooks 1 container of washable markers 1 container of 18 different colored pens 2 containers of 4 glue sticks 3 containers of pencils 1 pocket dictionary 3 pencil sharpeners 2 containers of 4 erasers 2 pencil cases 4 rulers 3 boxes of crayons 1 container of pencil cap erasers I hope this is enough to help.  Emma B.    Thanks Emma.  It certainly is enough to help.  We appreciate this selfless example and love the idea of "Paying it Forward".  We will certainly Pay it Forward and keep this going. The Develop Africa Team      
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Class Project for the Common Good - Books For Africa

People are genuinely interested in doing good.  Here's one additional story: Dear Dr. Renner:   I had a blast doing this project.   We did this project for a class in our school called Common Good.  Christian wanted to donate books to our local library but I convinced him to collect books for people in Africa.  In my opinion people in almost every country in Africa have poverty problems.  I thought if we could send a lot of books there than we would be helping a lot of people a lot.  I do want to help people because I am so lucky to be healthy and educated.  I sometimes think about what if I had been born as some one in a poor country.  I want to help other people because I believe that every one should be happy, healthy, and not live in poverty.  I think Christian feels the same way.   Getting the money was very easy.  We just went to the local train station one afternoon and sold cookies.  We made $71 but got more donations than cookies sold.  Christian also raised money at his church.  The books we got by just leaving colection bags in a restaurant -- Quiznos -- and the Northbrook Public Library for a week.   Sincerely  James S.-B. Thank you James and Christian for this selfless effort! The Develop Africa team      
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Global Giving Challenge

 To Make a Donation Click Here   Special GlobalGiving Challenge Project Update: Thanks to you all we exceeded our minimum challenge goal of $3000 and 75 donors.  The funds will be used to provide scholarships, children's books and school supplies to children in Sierra Leone.   If you missed the deadline or want to make an additional donation towards this, you are welcome to do so here - make a generous donation today     During this challenge, we will need to raise at least $3000. Funds will go towards an education project in Africa – investing into Africa’s future leaders.  By raising at least this amount Develop Africa will be able to achieve 2 important goals:     a)  We will secure the needed funds to provide the much needed scholarships, teaching and school supplies.          b)  Develop Africa will be admitted as permanent organization on GlobalGiving’s website. The advantage of this is that we will gain additional exposure and be able to continue to raise funds for our projects.       The challenge also requires that that we raise the money from a minimum of 75 unique donors. So each and every donation – independent of the amount – will definitely help us reach and surpass our goal of at least 75 donors and $3000.      Time sensitive: This is time sensitive and has to be done between November 1 and November 20th. This is a competition and a special bonus ($4,000) will be given to the organization that raises the most money. This gives us a good reason to go way beyond the minimum goal – and to try to raise as much as possible.       Can we count on your help with reaching and surpassing this goal?  The team at Develop Africa firmly believes we could double, triple, and quadruple this goal and more. Remember, your donation will impact many lives and further education, an important key to development. Let’s do something great together!   How to help us make this happen:     1. Make a donation today. You can make your donation online using your bank card / debit card / credit card / PayPal / check.     2.  Recruit one additional donor ... or more.           3. Join our facebook cause here:         4. Spread the Word on your Profile, Blog, or Website:  When you visit the project site (link available in Step # 1 above) you will also be able to put a widget on your profile, blog or website - and turn your friends into donors.  Spread the word on your Wordpress site and the pages / sites in the pictures below.  You will also be able to share and save using the options in the picture below.        5.  Forward this page to your friends and family - see link at the bottom of this page.        6.  Download and circulate our GlobalGiving promotional flyer  here     7.  Sign up to run a special collection drive / fund raising activity.   (You can use our drive registration page here). You can run this drive from now until Noon on November 20th and will then be expected to make a donation online by the end of the day on November 20th at the link provided in Item # 1 above.   9.  Help up promote this item on Digg here - http://digg.com/news/lifestyle/Help_Educate_the_Next_Generation_of_Leaders_in_Freetown     FAQs Question: Can I donate to this cause after the challenge closing date? Answer: Yes. You can make a donation online through this website. Question: Can I donate by check or my bank card? Answer: Yes.  You can make your donation online using your bank card / debit card / credit card / PayPal / check.      
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Book and Teaching Supplies Distribution

Several drums of books, school and teaching supplies were distributed free in Freetown Sierra Leone.  Here is a summary as told by Janet - Our Coordinator in Sierra Leone: View collected supplies - (donated by schools, individuals, A2Z School Supply and Mr. K.s Bookstore) "The books were distributed to three schools namely, Murray Town Army Municipal School, Saint Joseph’s Primary School and Tower Hill Kindergarten and primary School and the Christians in Action Church Sunday School.  Additional distribution will take place to two more schools when schools reopen.    View pictures of  distribution of supplies The school authorities and the children were very pleased to receive the books. From the pictures you can see them scramble to have copies of the books. The Head Teacher of Tower Hill Kindergarten and Primary School was particularly happy for the nursery and classes 1-3 teaching materials (i.e. picture of animals and their names, painting materials, etc.), which very difficult to get out here. She particularly pleaded for more of such supplies in the future.   The other Head Teachers and teachers thanked A2Z School Supply and Mr. K.s  very much for their generous donation. The Sunday School children are also benefiting immensely from the materials.  The books and other teaching and learning materials are a blessing to the recipients, as these books are hard to come by here.   There is a specific need for pencils, pens and exercise books"    View pictures of distribution of supplies      Develop Africa specifically needs help with covering the shipping costs of these supplies that are helping to edcuate the next generation of leaders in Africa.  Join us in making a difference.       Action Steps: 1.  Help us ship these supplies by making a donation today! 2.  Collect School Supplies .
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Develop Africa Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2 - July 2008

         Develop Africa, Inc.  E-Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 2       In This Newsletter... » Perspective - a World of Difference »  Interact Service Group - Where Everybody Gives a Little... » East Islip School District Students Give Back » Africa's Future Possibilities... » Graduation Congratulations » Choonimals Supports and Promotes Develop Africa at a Festival » Develop Africa Email Quotes: » African Business Portal - Help Develop a Site, Promote Business »  Support Groups Involved in Books / School Supplies Drives...             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 Gift Packages - see different ways you can make an impact       Help us ship books and school supplies       Perspective... A World of Difference Welcome to Volume 3 Issue 2 (June 2008) of Develop Africa's Quarterly Newsletter.  As always we thank you for your continued interest in and contribution to development work in Africa. History demands now more than ever that we all do our part to help empower the next generation and help bridge the gap.  We can write a new and better history for Africa. What may appear to relatively insignificant to one person, may mean the whole world or everything to another person. Such is perspective – a world of difference.  See below how groups in the US are impacting and making a world of difference for children and youths in Africa.   Interact Service Group - Where Everybody Gives a Little... The Students of the Interact Service Club at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee GA decided to implement their motto / vision to help the children of Africa.  The motto of the Club is "Where everybody gives a little so the world receives a lot".  Interact Students - Group Photo They raised funds to do so by doing a car wash and selling Africa T-shirts during lunch.  The funds collected were then sent to Develop Africa to support children in Africa.  Read more...   East Islip School District Students Give Back An exemplary school in Islip Terrace, New York, just completed their school supplies / pencil drive. Below is a brief summary of the experience - as narrated by Peter. As a social studies teacher, I often have the opportunity to teach children and increase their awareness with regard to global issues. I truly believe that this is important, but I believe it is even more important to actually make an effort to change or impact the various issues and problems that our modern world faces. Part of my assignment that I gave my students, as a whole class, was to figure out a way that we could give back, or help to better the lives of those in need. That being said, my students discovered the Develop Africa organization on their own, and I jumped on board. I think it is great because by sending schools supplies, pencils, etc. we are empowering a new generation of children that can make an impact in their community and throughout the world. Read more...   Africa's Future Possibilities... What kind of vision do you have for Africa?  What are the possibilities?  We would love to hear your vision and what you think is possible.  Got bright, inspired ideas?  We would love to hear from you.   Please tell us and we will share your responses on our website   Graduation Congratulations The team at Develop Africa wishes to congratulate Dr. George Naholi (Develop Africa Board Member) on recently completing his Ed.D degree and graduating from East Tennessee State University.  We wish him the very best in all his endeavors!   Choonimals Supports and Promotes Develop Africa at a Festival At the Bamboozle festival in New Jersey, 2008, the Choonimals Clothing Company Team donated a percentage of sales of their charity shirt to Develop Africa.  Additionally, the team helped to "spread the word" about what Develop Africa is doing.  They displayed and distributed Develop Africa brochures.  Thanks Choonimals for your exemplary support and service! Read more and see pictures....   Buy a shirt today and support Develop Africa!   Develop Africa -  Quotes From Email's Received: "Knowledge in computers in most rural schools in Ghana is a mirage. Children in most of these schools haven't seen a computer physically, they might have only read of them in books or seen their pictures in books." F.K. "I am running an internet cafe in the township and now I want to do Basic Skills computer training course for my community and the rural area around our place. We are so behind to such an extent our people can get jobs because they are not computer literate. This is so much in demand but the big companies are not willing to inject money in this."  A.N. "I am of the firm conviction that education is a key tool to empowerment and self development and advancement."   M.N.   African Business Portal - Help Develop a Site, Promote Business Develop Africa is is the planning stages of developing an African Business Portal that will work towards networking business owners and investors both in Africa and outside Africa.  It is hoped that this resource will help to showcase the continent and provide connections and general information. Get involved: Take part in its development as a project manager, content contributor, developer List your business Donate towards expenses in putting together this site / Sponsor Advertise your business on this site  Sign up here....   Support Groups Involved in Books / School Supplies Drives... A number of groups are currently involved in / recently finished running drives - collecting books and school supplies.  Here's a partial list with links to some of the pictures / briefs... Alfred B. Nobel Middle School, Northridge CA St Alphonsus School, Brooklyn Center, MN East Islip High School, Islip Terrace, NY Edukids Daycare, Lancaster, NY Sauk Prairie High School, WI Ridgedale Middle School, Florham Park, NJ The Life Christian Church, West Orange NJ Broadway Elementary School, Broadway, NC Western Harnett High School, Lillington, NC    <><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Students from the Sauk Prairie High School organized a book drive to fulfill the requirements for personal service project as part of National Honor Society Activity.  Books from one of the drives have been sent to Kenya in partnership with SOAR Kenya.  Read more...   Project Spotlight - Promise of Hope Scholarship The “Promise of Hope” Scholarship Program was established to provide assistance and increase educational opportunities and access to children and youths who lack the economic power to afford tuition fees and costs. This scholarship award will be provided for more children this year and we invite you to join us in impacting a life. Promise of Hope Scholarship Recipients        <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>  It has been said that education is the gateway to.... Real opportunity, a brighter future, great things, a better life Empowering women and children to secure their own financial futures Equal access to information, opportunity, self-determination, and political and social empowerment Success to all children, regardless of race, creed, nationality, religion and orientation To a full and productive life Economic opportunity and a reinvestment in one’s community Help provide scholarships for deserving children  
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East Islip School District Students Give Back

An exemplary school in Islip Terrace, New York, just completed their school supplies / pencil drive.  Below is a brief summary of the experience - as narrated by Peter. As a social studies teacher, I often have the opportunity to teach children and increase their awareness with regard to global issues. I truly believe that this is important, but I believe it is even more important to actually make an effort to change or impact the various issues and problems that our modern world faces. Part of my assignment that I gave my students, as a whole class, was to figure out a way that we could give back, or help to better the lives of those in need. That being said, my students discovered the Develop Africa organization on their own, and I jumped on board. I think it is great because by sending schools supplies, pencils, etc. we are empowering a new generation of children that can make an impact in their community and throughout the world.   The students were very enthusiastic about the project and so were many other students throughout the school. Some other teachers and classes helped as well. I believe we collected about 2000-2200 pencils along with various other supplies. It was amazing to see how many people were willing to give back, help change the world, and wholeheartedly supported the effort. Many colleagues and casual acquaintances came to me and told me how honorable and thoughtful this was. Just to let you know, we did not get any donations from businesses or the like, it was kept as a school function. In other words, everything that I ship to you was donated by 13-16 yr. old students. If you would like to know anything else just let me know and I will send the info. I look forward to working with your group again...approximately next April or May. Thanks. Peter O'Neill East Islip High School,  Islip Terrace, NY           .      
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