Sierra Leone

Your Gift is Truly An Answer to a Prayer

Even today fewer opportunities and options are provided to girls/women in Sierra Leone.  While this is a global issue, the impact of this is crippling to the destinies of girls in Sierra Leone.  Imagine having to drop out of school so your brother can continue. Imagine not getting all the supplies that you need to be successful in school.  We could go on and on ...and on. You can also imagine the questions that run through the minds of the girls. You can also almost hear their silent cries for help and for a chance to further their education. Your generous support is a true answer to their prayer. Because of your giving, hundreds of girls are receiving the support that they need to advance their education.   You have most recently helped us provide scholarships to Agnes and Nchunmalen. Agnes is in class six or sixth grade and she is working hard to become a banker when she grows up. Nchunmalen is in class six and is working toward her goal of becoming a nurse. We are so excited to be part of helping them fulfill their dreams.  Your one-time gift and on-going support will help other girls like Agnes and Nchunmalen move towards reaching their full potential. Thank you for being an answer to their silent prayer and cry for help.This means much more to them than you would ever realize.  There are still many more girls that are not able to continue their schooling?  Will you be the answer to their cry for help today?    Donate now  
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Looking Back and Looking Ahead-at the Dream Home

As we look back over the past 12 months, we are so very thankful for your support. Because you care and you gave, we have touched and impacted thousands of lives together.  In 2017, we celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the opening of the Dream Home orphanage for Ebola orphans.  The children completed a year of schooling. You helped provide meals, send them to school, clothe them and keep them in good health. A water tank was installed. Geraldine, the oldest, received good high school graduation grades. And so much more... As we look back, we can't thank you enough for all YOU have helped us accomplish in 2017! As we look ahead, we are super excited about what the future holds for these amazing kids. They are gifted and full of potential. They are world changers. We can't wait to see what they will become! Amy, taking care of kids, as you know, is an on-going responsibility. We need YOUR help in 2018. Our monthly budget for the home is $2,500. We are hoping that you would sign up today to donate $25 or more a month. Alternatively, please make your best one-time donation today. Would you please help us meet this budget today? This would help us continue to provide on-going care. Thank you so much!  We wish you & yours a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!  Happy New Year!   You can help by donating today!  
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Dream Home Kids Are Making Steady Progress in School

Thank you for your continued support of the Dream Home orphans.   They are each working hard to get good grades in school this year. The primary school pupils will be having their first semester tests in December. Aaron and Osman are attending extra classes as they prepare for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E). Aisha and Hannah are also attending extra classes for the National Primary School Examination. Dorcas is taking extra classes to prepare for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination. Dorcas is now the Head Girl of Heisler Seventh Day Adventist Senior Secondary School.  The rest of the children are working hard on their academics as well. In November, the Dream Home children had multiple visitors including Aunt Edwina, Pastor Vidal, and Aunt Emma. The children enjoyed every visit and were appreciative of the food, clothing and school supplies that they received.  The Dream Home children are also grateful to Aunt Cecelia for the four boxes of peanuts that she sends every month that is enjoyed by all at the Dream Home. Your continued support of the Dream Home is greatly appreciated as these children continue to work hard academically and strive to become model adults that will impact their communities and nation - and even the world. 
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Solar Lights Make a Difference

Thank you for your support that has enabled us to recently provide solar lights to students in Bo, Makeni, Freetown and Kamawone village.  Most of these students have no electricity and previously had to rely on dangerous kerosene lamps to study at night.  The students were each very appreciative to receive a solar light.  David is one of the students who recently received a solar light. He is in Junior Secondary School (JSS2) at Kakua Community Secondary School in Bo and would like to be a lawyer when he grows up.  He expresses his sincere gratitude in this video. Thank you for your continued support.
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Happy Computer Training Graduates - Because of Your Support

We greatly appreciate your continued support to computer training.  We are happy to share photos from the recent graduation of nine students in the computer training program.   Janet, a Develop Africa Board Member, awarded a certificate of completion to Fatmata B, Fatmata J, Hawanatu, Isatu, Jeneba, Kadiajatu, Mariama, Rachel, and Zainab. Their certificates stated, "Creating Pathways/Develop Africa SL Computer Training Center Certificate" Certificate of completion for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint/Presentation, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Access/Database and Microsoft Internet Browser.  The nine ladies are excitedly looking forward to making the most of their computer training. The training provided a vital proficiency/skill that will enable their future success.  Your support provided the platform/environment that resulted in the happiness that you can see on their faces. They extend their appreciation to you for helping to provide this important foundation. More photos can be seen on the full album.  Thank you for helping to provide these ladies with the skills needed to have a brighter future.
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Freetown Flood & Landslide Update: The Emergency Camps are Phasing Out

The flooding and mudslide in August was a terrible tragedy in Sierra Leone. Thanks to your support, over the past months, we have provided food, water, clothing and other basic supplies to the families in need. We have also provided psychosocial counseling and educational classes. We could not have done it without your support.  Thank you so much for helping flood-affected families in Sierra Leone.   After such a tragic event, the transition back to normal life is not an easy one. Because of this, and to help continue the process of helping, we organized a Fun Fair on November 11, 2017. This was a special treat for the kids residing at the Juba Response Emergency Camp. The Fun Fair gave these children a chance to enjoy an event and provide some healing from their traumatic experience. The event included a skit (play) and a musical concert by a well-known, young artist. More photos are available in the full photo album One of the main preventive measures highlighted in the skit was the importance of hand washing. Kids were encouraged to wash their hands before eating, after using the restroom. Parents were also encouraged to wash their hands before feeding their kids. The skit highlighted areas such as hilltops, the bank of streams and slums as dangerous areas people must stay away from to protect themselves and their children. Develop Africa’s Director, Mr. Abu Conteh, encouraged both the kids and parents to adhere to the preventative measures of cholera highlighted in the drama by the kids and also to stay away from vulnerable areas. In his speech, he advised parents to do everything in their power to send their kids back to school. “Education” he stated “is the key to every success of a nation. Education is the poor man’s friend.” These emergency response camps were set up on a temporary basis. Long term, keeping the families in tents is far from ideal. With this in mind, the families were informed several weeks ago that the camps would be phased out. Families were encouraged to accelerate plans to move out. In order to help them transition out, the families have started receiving care packages (money towards housing expenses, food, water, clothes and other basic supplies). “After the landslide, mudslide and flooding on 14 August 2017, camps of tents were set up to house displaced people. The Office of National Security (ONS) over the weekend engaged with displaced victims at the various camps in Freetown on dispatch plans and procedures for the closing down of the camps on 15 November 2017. The camps will come down and the victims will be removed from the camps.”  - Full Article from Awoko.org  Another news article states, "On 20 November the ONS announced that verified survivors who had not received their aid packages would be permitted to continue sleeping in the formal and informal shelters until they did."  -Full Article- Theguardian.com By November 22nd, at least 28 families had left the Juba camp, with more families leaving every week. Many of the families expressed a sense of powerlessness and uncertainty about their future.  We have obtained the cell phone numbers of many of the families. We plan to continue to provide support to them - particularly in the area of scholarship assistance for the children. These families truly need all the support that they can get as they try to start life over.
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Future Freetown Leaders Start New School Year

Thanks in part to your ongoing support, more future leaders received scholarships for this school year.   A total of 51 students received scholarships to go to school this year.  There were 23 students in primary school and 28 students in secondary school that received scholarships for school.   Some parents in this part of the world find it financially difficult to send their children to school. The scholarships made school possible for each of these students. School materials like books, bags, pencils, crayons and also solar lights were distributed to some of the beneficiaries. Several beneficiaries are: Agnes who just started class 6 and hopes to be a banker when she completes schooling. Joseph just started Senior Secondary School (S.S.S 2) and is working to be an Engineer when he completes school Joy who is now in class 6 and would like to be a doctor when she grows up. You have helped make an impact on multiple schools and many children's lives with your support. We deeply appreciate your kind assistance. We are thankful that we are doing our part to prepare them for a brighter future. Please join us in providing more children in need with uniforms, school supplies, and scholarships.   
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Most of The Trees We Planted are Growing

We are delighted to report that most of the trees we planted have taken root and are growing. You can see some of the growth in the included photo. You can see more photos in the full album.   Tree planting is a slow process that takes years. So we are not expecting large immediate results.  Unfortunately, some of the seedlings withered out and died.  So we are planning to do some more planting in the next 1-2  months to replace the ones that withered away. Since we launched this project, in August, Freetown experienced a heavy rainfall season. Torrential flooding and landslides resulted in over 800 dead/missing.There is a dire need for reforestation and these recent incidents highlighted and confirmed the need for action n this area.  While there are hundreds of acres that need to be reforested, we are definitely on the right track. Your support is so very much appreciated as we continue to follow the steps recommended by the local Environmental Protection Agency.
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Microfinance Loan Ensures a Better Future for Tigidankay

Thank you for your continued support, which has enabled women like Tigidankay to have a better future for herself and her family. Our microfinance or microcredit loans give individuals a helping hand to get their businesses going or to help them grow their existing businesses.   Please check out the video of appreciation from Tigidankay  In the video she says:  "Hello, my name is Tigidankay and I am one of the microfinance beneficiaries. I used the money to expand my small business. I am retailing soap, sugar, and milk. I also sell perfume spray that I give out on credit and collect payment at the end of the month. The microfinance loan has helped me be able to take care of myself and my family. Thank you!” We are so thankful that we are empowering lives and helping them become self-sufficient.  We are overcoming poverty one family at a time. You can continue to help make a difference by signing up for a recurring donation. This will support microfiannce loans for more deserving women like Tigidankay.  Thank you again for making a difference!
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The Dream Home has Running Water!

Thanks to your support, the Dream Home children now have running water!  The funds from this project helped purchase a water tank, connect the well to the tank and install the solar pump.  This water supply will enhance cleanliness, providing better health and sanitation for the kids. This is a benefit that all children should enjoy and we are thankful that together we made this a reality. You can see an album of photos at this link in addition to the one below. You can see Felicia using the new water pump in this video.   Thanks so much for helping bring running water to the Dream Home!
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