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You Helped Ship 10 Drums of Supplies

Thanks to your generous support, we recently shipped 10 drums filled with school supplies and books to Sierra Leone.  These drums are already in a shipping container and should get there in the next month or so. Thank you for helping us send these supplies to the children in Sierra Leone that desperately need them.   These supplies will elevate the quality of education and learning in schools.  We are excited about this opportunity to invest the lives of kids in Sierra Leone. Thank YOU for being a part of providing these children with school supplies and books ... and a chance at a better future.   We welcome your continued support of education (providing scholarships, school supplies tuition, uniforms) to students in Sierra Leone.
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Bed Nets Are Saving Lives! #EndMalaria

Every bed net that we are able to provide, thanks to your generous donations, is saving lives! The bed nets we are distributing are effectively protecting families from Malaria while they sleep. We are specifically targeting communities and families in need - in particular families with young children. Thompson Bay is one of the most deprived communities. This community was seriously affected by the Ebola crisis and also by floods in Sierra Leone. Thanks to your support, 39 mosquito bed nets were distributed to families in need in Thompson Bay. This included the families of Anna and David. Another distribution of mosquito bed nets was made to 22 families at the Leicester road community. Thanks to YOUR support, they are sleeping safely at night now.  Huffington Post recently posted an article stating the following: "Malaria has long been one of the major killer diseases of our age and remains a huge public health problem, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. One child dies every minute from malaria. Roughly 90 percent of malaria cases and 92 percent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, with children in the region often suffering through multiple bouts of the disease before they reach the age of five. Pregnant women who contract the disease can also suffer serious health complications. Outside of Africa, over 2.5 billion people are at risk of being infected with malaria, and there are 34 million cases every year with 46,000 deaths. However, there are reasons to be hopeful: more countries have been certified free of malaria since 2007." This year, "World Malaria Day" falls on Tuesday, April 25. This significant day highlights the desperate need for ongoing global efforts to fight and ultimately end Malaria.   Here at Develop Africa, we afresh have determined to continue our efforts to provide bed nets to each family and to train them on proper use till malaria is no more. It's disheartening to read about one child dying every minute from malaria. In this day and age, this should not be happening.  These deaths are preventable.  We need to do our utmost to help change these statistics.  Join us in this effort by helping to provide 5 nets today - through your donation of $50.00. Thank you so much for your continued support. Together we will continue to save many more lives and change the dismal statistics.
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Thanks for Helping Support Geraldine

Through your support, Geraldine has received initial funding.  The funds you donated are helping to cover her transportation expenses twice a week, when she goes for computer classes - in preparation for college admission.  We are so very grateful for your support that is getting Geraldine closer to her goal of becoming a lawyer when she completes her education.  We welcome your support in providing full support for several other student scholarships and other projects that you can see when you click or tap on the following link for Develop Africa. Let's together make the education dreams of each of these students come true! There is truly no better gift that you could give!
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Bringing Light for Students without Electricity

Thanks to your generous donations we were able to provide multiple families with solar lights - in a village with no electricity.

Kamawornie is a village in Northern Sierra Leone and is not connected to the electricity grid - with no power supply. At night, for lighting, they have no choice but to use kerosene lanterns and open-flame candles. The smoke from these light sources is hazardous to their health. 

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Dream Home Hens Are Growing Very Well

Thanks in part to your help, the hens at the poultry are doing very well.  

With your support, we purchased 300 day-old chicks and needed items to maintain the poultry.  This included drinkers and feeders, chicken feed and wood shavings for the floor. Your support also helped to cover the costs of vaccinations/medications (to help keep the chicks healthy).

The eggs will help provide on-going income towards the running costs of the orphanage. The fresh eggs will be a steady supply of high-quality protein for the orphans.

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We are Creating Lasting Change

Thank you so much for faithfully supporting this project over the past 7 years or so.   When this project was launched, the focus was to support and share impact stories from the computer training at the FAWE all-girls school in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Over the years, we have provided basic computer training to hundreds of girls at this school. This was possible because of YOUR faithful support. A few years ago, we also launched a second project here on GlobalGiving with the goal of supporting the computer training of youths / young adults. In the last month, we decided to phase out this second computer project and broaden the focus of this initial project to include computer training in general. Basically, we combined the two projects. This change makes sense as the projects focused on the same theme.  Additionally, this will allow us to reduce the time spent on reporting.  For this project, here is a summary of the changes 1.  The project title has changed. 2.  We will now include updates on other computer training - for instance, training taking place at the Creating Pathway's Centre (not just the FAWE computer lab).   Since the last report, this project has raised $100.  Over the past 2-3 months, at the FAWE School, your funds helped to replace a faulty circuit breaker box. Your support is also helping to provide additional coaching to Ms. Conteh (the FAWE computer teacher). She is receiving on-going training from Johanese at the Creating Pathways Centre. You can see a clip of her and the kids in this video. At the Creating Pathways Centre, your donations also helped purchase an anti-virus program to ensure the computers were safe from virus attacks that could disrupt training.    We were also thrilled to host Alix Halloran, the GlobalGiving Field Traveler in Sierra Leone, on March 22. GlobalGiving sends representatives to visit project partners so they can observe how funds are being used to benefit local communities. This helps GlobalGiving ensure high-quality projects. Alix visited the computer lab at the FAWE School and several of our other projects. In Alix's post-visit report, she provided the following feedback: "Develop Africa's projects are creating lasting change in the lives of so many children and young women. They are passionate about making an impact in their communities."  We are super-excited to be partnering with GlobalGiving.  Your support as a donor is helping us make a definite impact.
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The kids Are Doing Well in School & See Comment From Visit of GlobalGiving Representative

We greatly appreciate your ongoing support of the Ebola orphans living in the Dream Home. 

Raising children involves a range of daily needs and the outgrowing of clothes and shoes. Thanks to your generous support, we are able to continue to do that.

The Dream Home children are all working hard in school and are doing well. The kids enjoyed celebrating birthdays for Kadiatu B, Alhaji, Daniel and Regina in January and February. 

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Education is the Key to Success for Liberia

Thank you for your support that is giving students who live below poverty level a chance at receiving an education.   Education is the key to success.  Educating these future leaders in Liberia is giving them the ability to get out of poverty. Educating these children will give them and all future generations what they need to thrive. Since the last report, you have donated a total of $65.00. These funds helped to cover operating expenses at the school - ensuring that the kids learn each day. In this video, the principal says "Thank you, thank you and thank you very much" for supporting the school. In the video, you can also see kids learning - thanks to YOUR support. The school does not have adequate infrastructure. See photos below of the students working hard in class sometimes in a chair, but no desk and sometimes on the floor. We look forward to your continued support!  We want every student to have the necessary funds to attend school, a chair and desk and to have school supplies and uniforms. Your donations are influencing and helping to shape the future of Liberia.
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We are Giving Young Moms a Better Future

Thanks to your support, we are continuing to make an impact on young women's lives. 

Young moms are being equipped with computer training. We are also helping them start to businesses or become employed to support themselves and their children.

Key lessons that the ladies are learning in our computer classes include the following:

Working with Charts

Working with Sparklines

Using Conditional Formatting

Creating Pivot Tables:

Using What-If Analysis 

Merging Copies of a Shared Workbook 

Reviewing and sharing workbooks

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Use of Solar Lights Results in Better Grades

Thank you for your continued support in helping us provide each child with a safe, reusable solar light!  With these lights, the kids are able to read safely at night - with no exposure to harmful fumes from naked flames. Nineteen solar lights were distributed to families in need. Priority was given to school going children who live in homes without electricity. Five of the families were in this category.  Another five of the solar lights were distributed to children from the Old Wharf community. An additional nine children in the Mellon Street community in Wellington also received solar lights. Joshua, our Project Coordinator, reminded the parents that the first priority of use is for the kids to school related work. The lights are also used for urgent needs that require safe lighting. In following up with the beneficiaries, we found out that the kids are doing better in school. All of them made good grades in their recent school report cards. This performance was an improvement when compared to their grades prior to the reception of the solar light. Use of the solar lights resulted in greater achievement.  The kids and the families extend their gratitude and appreciation to you for helping to make learning easier and safer. YOUR support means a ton - a lot more than you realize!  Thank you for helping to make a difference!
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