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Books & Supplies Distributed to Schools in Garoua

Thank you for your support in providing the tools and opportunity for students in Cameroon to get an education.  

"Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty, raising incomes, promoting economic growth and shared prosperity, and for improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability." (World Bank).

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Together We are Lowering The Risk of Malaria

Your support has helped us provide mosquito nets to families and children who are now sleeping well at night, free from mosquito bites and malaria. Salamatu, Mariama and John (pictured) are so grateful for your support. Statistics indicate that less than 10% of children sleep under protective nets in Sierra Leone, where malaria is still a frequent and killer disease.   Malaria is sadly still the most common disease. In the past year, at least 2 known kids that Develop Africa has supported with school supplies have passed away. Each net we are able to provide these families saves lives and significantly lowers the risk of getting malaria. This risk is further reduced by provided training on the importance of their use. As a result of these interventions, families are healthier and live longer. Providing bed nets is an ongoing project until 100% of the children in Sierra Leone sleep under a protective bed net.  We want to change the statistics and prevent Malaria, which will save thousands of lives, mostly young children, each year. Thank you so much for your support!
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Empowering the Next Generation: Mission Possible!

Your donations are making a positive impact on the next generation of leaders in Freetown. Thanks to your support we have been able to send and distribute books and school supplies to the United Methodist Church Primary School at George Brook, Freetown.   Please watch the video of the United Methodist Church Primary School students singing their school song and excitedly accepting the books. An article in the Huffington Post caught our attention that we would like to share:  "Unless we change course, nearly half the world’s children born this year will end their school years without the basic skills needed for the global labor market in 2030. And come the middle of the century, one African child in three will leave school without completing their basic secondary education. By then, Korea, Japan and Taiwan will deliver higher educational opportunity for 80 percent or more of their school leavers while the Central African Republic, Congo and Niger will, at best, struggle to reach five per cent." Together we believe we can change these statistics.  This mission is possible.  We are changing lives and destinies, one child at a time.   We appreciate your continued support as we educate the future leaders of Freetown.  Help us change the predictions that only 5% of African children will have the opportunity to attend school.  Help us make sure no child is left behind.  Thank you!
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The Importance of Educating Girls / Women

Women make up 2/3 of the illiterate in the world.

So what difference would it make if all women had a  chance to get an education?

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Solar Lights Making Safe Studying Possible

Tens of thousands of kids and youths living in Sierra Leone study at night using kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles. Many of these homes are off-the-grid - with no electricity. 

Thanks to your support, 6 students that received our solar lights are now studying safe at night - with no risk to their health and lives.   They are so appreciative of the gift of safe studying - that you have given them.

This gift will also save the families hundreds of dollars in fuel expense over 2-3 years. Thanks again for your support! 

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Sat, 11/26/2016
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Agnes Has Started her Business - Thanks to You!

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide a microfinance loan to Agnes. 

Agnes has started her business of purchasing items and selling them on credit. The first set of items that she purchased was several Techno cell phones.  She has sold them and will be receiving funds from the sale in the next 1-2 months. (It is a common practice in Sierra Leone to sell items on credit - where the buyer pays the seller in 1 or more installments over 1 or more months).

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Wed, 11/23/2016
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The Tailoring Trainees are Putting their New Skills to Good Use

Learning a new skill or even mastering an old skill is challenging, but thanks to your support, the tailoring trainees are working diligently on mastering tailoring.  The tailoring trainees were so excited to show what they have learned in class and put their lessons to good use.   Several of the trainees made Cecelia, one of the repeat visitors they like very much, an African dress.  In the pictures below, you can see Cecelia in her new dress posing with the tailoring trainees.

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Closer to Getting the Bus

Through your support, we have moved one step closer to purchasing a bus for the Dream Home. At this point, we have not raised adequate funds to get a bus, but every bit helps us get closer to the goal. We plan to continue working to raise the necessary funds to assist in the purchase of a 25-30 seat bus for the Dream Home. So if you have any suggestions on what we could do - please do not hesitate to get in touch. More than ever - we realize that we need a bus their ongoing travel needs. In order for the Dream Home children to travel anywhere as a group, a bus must be rented. The involved costs and logistics have limited our group activities.  The purchase of a bus will make travel so much easier and safer - enabling us to experience additional and richer extra-curricular activities together - such as going on field trips etc. Thank you again for your support. We couldn't do what we do without you!
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Scholarships Given in Sierra Leone

Scholarships were given out at Freetown Primary and secondary schools. Both girls and boys received scholarships from Nursery school through 12th grade.  Ms. Joanne distributed the scholarships to the children and parents.  She said in her opening remarks that the scholarship beneficiaries needed to work hard in school.  She continued that as young people they are filled with talents, dreams and aspiration and the only hope they have in achieving those dreams is to obtain education.  The children were all very appreciative of the scholarship and promised to work hard in their studies.

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Fri, 11/11/2016
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Solar light distribution - Kamawornie Village - October 2016

Kamawornie village is located at Sella Limba Chiefdom Bombali district Northern Province.  Kamawornie is a remote village and like all other villages in the country, it has no access to electricity and other social amenities   The village is not connected to the electricity grid - with no power supply.  Most of the beneficiaries live in grass and mud houses, with a few living in corrugated sheet homes.

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Thu, 11/10/2016
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