In this video, Geraldine an Ebola survivor and orphan tells how she became ill with Ebola and survived Ebola. She explains how her mum contracted the Ebola virus through a patient and came home with the virus. 4 family members, including herself, additionally became infected with Ebola.  Only Geraldine survived. Geraldine also expresses her gratitude to Global Giving for their support through this crisis. In spite of her pain, she is grateful to God for surviving Ebola and being a testimony to others.

In this video, participants at a Develop Africa Business and Microfinance Training session share what they have learned from the training.  They discuss pitfalls, previous mistakes made and ways in which they can improve their business - through disciplined spending and better cash management.

The business training component is a key part of the support we provide - as we work towards ensuring that the businesses receive the full support that they need to be successful.  The review and peer discussion session provides a great additional component - helping to ensure that the principles and best practices are both understood and personally applied.

Prince of Wales Alumni Association (Georgia, USA Chapter) provided a large box of Personal Protective Equipment and supplies for health workers.  Box was DHL shipped directly to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.  Items were sent in response to the Ebola epidemic.

Dr. Abubakar Fofanah, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, was very happy to receive the PPE and sent a special word of appreciation on behalf of the President, the Government and people of Sierra Leone.

Here is a quick update and thank YOU vdeo that we just received last night.  

A week ago in partnership with Door of Hope, we distributed soap and Dettol disinfectant to the Wellington Community in Freetown.  Christina, on behalf of Door of Hope, extends her profound appreciation to Global Giving and Develop Africa for providing health supplies – soap and Dettol disinfectant.  Special thanks also goes to the Paul G. Allen Foundation for a matching grant that made this possible.  

Christiana also appeals for your support towards provision of basic food items for the upcoming 3-... Read more

This video presents a summary of the first shipment of Peraonal protective Equipment and includes a Message of appreciation received for GlobalGiving and Develop Africa from Dr. Abubakar Fofanah, the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone.

In August 2014, Develop Africa, through donations by GlobalGiving donors, sent by DHL a large box of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE - gloves, coveralls, hoods, goggles and protective respiratory masks) to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Abubakar Fofanah, the Minister of Health and Sanitation expresses appreciation on behalf of the... Read more

On September 4th 2014, a 2-pronged "Stop The Spread" Ebola Awareness Campaign took place in the Wellington Community of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Door-to-door sensitization took place with a public address system and distribution of soap and Dettol disinfectant to 400 families.

360 children were taught how to keep themselves from getting infected with Ebola. This included proper hand washing and other tips. The children were also given exercise books.

Special thanks goes to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Global Giving donors for helping to make this possible. The Wellington community appreciates your support during this trying time.

Have you ever been bitten by mosquitoes? They can be very irritating as you can see from this video - Rugiatu's experience.

The bite area itches terribly – making you miserable and unhappy.  I have seen people, in an effort to find relief, almost uncontrollably scratch this area with their finger nails until it results in bleeding. Not good.  Not to talk about the ever-present threat on contracting malaria.

In Sierra Leone right now, everyone is more eager than ever to stay well.  The one good outcome from this Ebola... Read more

In the linked video, Josie, a beneficiary of Develop Africa's Skill Acquisition and Microfinance Program, expresses his appreciation to donors for providing a sewing machine (pictured). Josie is currently in year 2 of a tailoring school. 

With this new sewing machine Josie is able to spend more hours practicing and developing his tailoring skills. The sewing machine is already being put to great use and Josie has started developing a clientele.  The machine is helping earn an additional income and take care of himself - so that he is not dependent on other people.  

This is a key element of empowerment - providing a way for people to become self-sufficient.  ... Read more

It’s been an amazing year of progress.  Over the past year, the Tailoring school at the Develop Africa Empowerment and Training Institute has provided Tailoring training for over 18 trainees.  The topics covered include the following styles: Midi, Blouse and Skirt, Print, Float, Tuntorlah, Yoruba style, Sleeveless, Shirts and Pants. 

Productivity, Growth and No More Idleness: Thanks to your support, as a result of the training received, the ladies no longer pay someone else to sew clothes for their children, themselves and their husbands. They are no longer idle.  They have started obtaining small tailoring jobs – that help in providing for the home.  

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Margaret goes to school

It's back to school season and we are excited about the opportunity to be able to help further the education of deserving kids in Sierra Leone.

We have an exciting video to share with you (Watch video - Margaret goes to school and kids share their dreams) where you can see 2 things:

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