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Nutritious Meals Make A Difference

Most of us think about what we need from the grocery store and what we are making for dinner at night, but we do not have to worry about being able to eat today.  Thanks to your generous support, now the Dream Home children do not have to worry about whether they get to eat today either. Your donations have covered nutritious meals for the Dream Home children this spring. Eating nutritious meals will allow these 22-orphaned children to grow up healthy and strong.  The items purchased are from the five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein foods - meats, fish, etc., and dairy.   Thanks to your support, they are continuing to grow each day into healthy adults.  Thank you again for making a difference in the Dream Home children’s lives.  
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We Together Treated A Wide-Range of Illnesses

Thank you for your support that is helping us meet the ongoing medical needs of 22 growing children.  Over the past 2 months, your donated funds have helped cover the costs of medication and treatment for a range of illnesses including fever, rash, general body pain, malaria, headaches and infection. The kids deeply appreciate your kind assistance that helped bring quick relief and medical attention. Our part-time nurse continues to provide excellent, skilled care for the kids. We are keeping a log of reported illnesses and remedies / medication to ensure we can observe trends and better take care of the kids. Thanks so much for being a part of our "village" and helping to keep the dreams of the Ebola orphans alive!
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Medical Assistance & Relief Efforts For Southern Cameroon

Many have died from the current human rights and self determination struggle in Southern Cameroon. Hundreds of parents and young people have been abducted and disappeared. The injured lack adequate medical assistance for life threatening wounds. We are providing life-saving assistance and relief efforts. Victims and survivors will receive medical care and food. Remedial education will be provided to kids as schools are closed. Hundreds of parents and young people have been abducted and disappeared. The number of those injured keeps rising in the hundreds. Many of the wounded are hiding in their homes, with no medical care. Many families are left without parental care, adequate food supply and other basic needs. Others are continuously fleeing from their areas of livelihood into hinterlands with little to survive on. Schools have been closed since October 2016.    We are providing life-saving assistance and relief efforts for the people of the South West and North West Regions of the country. With your support, victims and survivors will receive relief such as medical care and food at home and elsewhere. We will also provide long term support to families and assist in the education of children. Medical relief aid will help reduce deaths and eliminate cases that could possibly lead to long term medical disabilities. Through education assistance to children in the short and long terms, their academic progress will not be delayed. By our estimation, this crisis may take a while to be resolved. It is essential that we step in now to provide assistance to the sick and suffering in Cameroon.   News Links: http://observers.france24.com/en/20161125-english-speakers-protest-discrimination-francophone-cameroon http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/15/world/cameroon-protesters-deaths/ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38078238 ​http://www.africanews.com/2017/02/02/schools-remain-closed-in-cameroons-anglophone-regions-as-crisis-intensifies/      
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Sarah Advances Her Microfinance Retail Business

Thank you for your continued support in providing microfinance loans. Your support recently provided Sarah with a microfinance loan enabling her to advance her retail business. In this linked video, you can see Sarah with the food supplies that she plans to retail.  She says a big "thank you" to YOU - our donors.  Sarah says in the video: This business will help me pay for the school fees for my kids and support my husband where his income is inadequate.  It will help me sustain myself. It will help me a lot.  Thank YOU donors - you have changed my life".  This loan gave a new lease of life to Sarah and her family.  It opened a new door of opportunity. Your support has helped make Sarah and others achieve their business dreams! We deeply appreciate your support.  We welcome your on-going support in providing full support for other microfinance loans and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa.
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Impact Update - 150 Trainees & Empowering Trainees to Start Fishing

Did you know that this project has trained over 150 trainees to date?  Thanks to your support - over 150 people have learned how to sew.  We are excited at having reached this milestone.

This school has had a significant impact in the Wellington community.  A good number of the youths and school dropouts have learned how to sew. We rejoice in being able to have this type of impact.

The school started with female tutors.  Now we have male teachers. We currently have 10 trainees. 

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Dream Home Kids Celebrate Birthdays and Holidays!

We send warm greetings to you from the Dream Home children - who are doing well.  They are growing and studying hard in school. Each month brings a new adventure, challenge and milestone for them

In November, Susan, Felicia and Aminata's birthdays were celebrated with a special birthday dinner and party at the Dream Home.  Your support helps to provide a birthday party each month.  With 22 kids, there is never a dull moment.

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Computer Training is Empowering Jeminatu & Other Girls At The FAWE School

We are so excited that we are together helping to provide computer training to deserving young women. This sets them on course for a better future for them and their families. We have been making improvements to the FAWE School upgrading some of the computers and programming to better assist the girls in their training.  The teacher in charge is also receiving additional training to enable her to better teach our girls. Jeminatu is one of the students at the FAWE school that is benefitting from the computer courses. She tells us that she enjoys going to school and that she is learning a lot of things in her computer class - in this video.  She says "It helps us a lot. I have learned many things like typing, learning new words...it is a great time" Thank you again for making a difference in these young girls' lives!    The computers at the lab are over 7 years old. Our goal for this year is to replace all of them. We welcome your continued support to help us make that happen. 
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Look! - Our Students Can Now Create Presentations

Thanks in part to your support, the young ladies are learning new computer programs like TypingMaster and PowerPoint.  Several of the young women are unwed mothers who are trying to provide a better life for themselves and their children. Over the past couple of months the Creating Pathways Centre has been reviewing what the students have been learning. For the TypingMaster program, where they learned how to type, the focus was on the speed and accuracy of students -  how fast and accurately they were able to type within a limited time.  The students received training on PowerPoint including the following: formatting slides, adding animations of slides, applying background to slides and slide transitions.  They also learned how to create professional-looking documents such as certificates, greeting cards, souvenir cards, invitation cards and organization cards. The students were divided into groups and they created PowerPoint presentations for the class.   Thank you again for your support that is helping these young ladies prepare for a better and greater future. 
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The Dream Home Gets a Paint Refresh

Freetown, where the Dream Home is located, receives a lot of rainfall - with high humidity. The discolored and faded outside walls of the Dream Home were in need of a fresh coat of paint. You can see this in one of the group photos in this report.

Since the last report, this project has raised $50.  These funds were used towards repainting the entire Dream Home at a total cost of around $375 - using a weathershield oil paint. 

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New Year, New Hope for Students in Liberia

A new year normally means new resolutions...promises of better health, more exercise, making a difference in people's lives.  We invite your New Year's resolution to include making an impact on the lives of students in Liberia.   Most of these students live far below the poverty line and live with their large families in a one bedroom mud house with no electricity and no running water.   $10 to an average American, may not see like a lot, but to a starving child in Liberia, $10 could be nearly a week of food, $50 could be food and clothes, $100 could be food, clothes and school supplies,  $900 covers all school expenses, clothes and food for a year.  One of the students in desperate need is Patrick. Patrick lives in a mud house with his dad and siblings.  Patrick's dad is out of job and the family is struggling to eat.  Patrick's hope of getting an education is impossible without help.  We may not be able to fix the world's problems in 2017, but I hope that you will consider supporting students, like Patrick, in Liberia and choose to make a difference for a child in need as one of your New Year resolutions. Less than a week ago, on December 27th 2016, a local newspaper, the Liberian Observer published a review on the education system in Liberia: Since the country’s 14 year civil war ended in 2003, the education sector is yet to regain the needed respect where the quality of schools would improve to match the required teaching. As such, the sector continues to show signs of decline with students performing poorly in public exams to the extent that admission to the state run University of Liberia (UL) has continuously exposed the weak educational system by rejecting high school graduates who fail the university’s admission exams in massive numbers. Under the year in review, 13,000 candidates registered for the UL placement and examinations. The result, only 15 candidates passed. This statistics confirms what we already know. There are tremendous opportunities to make a difference.   As we help ensure kids like Patrick have a stronger educational foundation, we will truly be making a difference. Patrick, and kids like him, will excel in their exams and also as they lead Liberia in the future.  We are excited about the opportunity we together have to change lives and future outcomes.  Thanks for your support.
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