Develop Africa Partners With One Voice Liberia and Ships School Supplies and Printers to Liberia

Through a new partnership with One Voice Liberia, Develop Africa has recently shipped books and printers to 2 pilot schools through One Voice Liberia. In Liberia, these supplies will help to provide vital computer training. The enabled students will be better equipped and more competitive in the job market. This support provided is crucial as it will help them break the vicious cycle of poverty. Trained and equipped youths and young adults will consequently be able to find legitimate work. This support will empower them, providing a platform that will enable them to avoid the illegal and dangerous street dealings just to survive. Additional information is available here: http://www.elementalethics.com/files/September_2009_Volume_5.pdf http://www.elementalethics.com/
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Develop Africa Partners with Common Cents and Receives Grant of $500

Develop Africa has partnered with Common Cents to provide service learning opportunities to school children.  Through this partnership, in May this year, the Students of PS/IS/09 in Brooklyn, NY, raised and donated $500 towards classrooms in Africa.  The Philanthropy Roundtable that made the decision and selected Develop Africa to receive this donation is Guap Getters. The donation was made in support of school classrooms in Africa. Thank you Guap Getters for your support! We encourage children everywhere to collect their cents and pennies (and larger coins and bills / notes) to support development in Africa. We welcome your support. DA is one of the approved organizations on the Penny Harvest / Common Cents website.  You can find DA by accessing the Common Cents website - http://www.commoncents.org/orgfinder/search.cfm and searching “Develop Africa.”  Develop Africa wishes to say a big "thank You" to the students who diligently raised the funds and decided to support education in Africa.  Thank you for your committment to Service! “Common Cents is an educational, not-for-profit organization, which specializes in creating and managing service-learning programs for young people. Our most popular and best known program is the Penny Harvest, the largest child philanthropy program in the United States …    And since 1991, children between the ages of four and 14 have been converting their natural compassion for others into action by collecting pennies and turning those pennies into grants for community organizations. The Penny Harvest shows young people they have the ability to change the world by introducing them to the power of philanthropy and service during their formative years. As children help others, they develop their generosity and moral character, and they learn through practice the skills and responsibilities of democratic participation” (extracted from the Common Cents website).    To learn more about Common Cents, visit their website- www.commoncents.org
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Develop Africa Partners With Nuwach Ministries and Sends Supplies to Cheshire Home

Supporting and Empowering Special Needs Children: Develop Africa in partnership with Nuwach Ministries (www.nuwachministries.org) has provided 2 drums of books and school supplies to Cheshire Home – a special needs Home in Sierra Leone. Cheshire Home is a home in Freetown Sierra Leone that caters for the needs of special needs children. In collaboration with several other organizations, Nuwach Ministries will be distributing the supplies and providing free dental care to Cheshire Home and the Milton Margai Blind School in Sierra Leone in November / December 2009.  The shipmemt of supplies includes books, school supplies, clothes, crutches, dvds, mattresses, supplements, shoes, toys and medical supplies. See photos of supplies sent to Cheshire Home In January 2007, Sylvester Renner and Dr. Jasmine Renner also had an opportunity to visit this home in Freetown. The home provides a wide range of training including vocational training.
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Develop Africa Facilitates Provision of Books to FAWE

Through a partnership arrangement with Develop Africa, the Prague British School, in the Czech Republic, has donated and shipped hundreds of children's books to FAWE school in Freetown Sierra Leone.  The books were shipped through the assistance of DHL.  Develop Africa acted as a liaison and provided some logistical support. These books are helping foster education, development and interest in reading. By investing together in education, we are truly promoting their individual and national development.  See pictures of the books in Freetown....
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Develop Africa - Partner Project with CAPEC - Cameroon

Develop Africa is sponsoring and working in partnership with CAPEC on a special project - the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School in Cameroon.  Still under creation, the school is located in a rural area on the south-east outskirts of the Yaounde, Cameroon - specifically the rural area of Nkolfoulou. The goal of the school is to bring low-cost education to underprivileged children in that location.  Our Mission is to provide education to the children of Nkolfoulou, so they would not be deprived of education based on their locality or family financial circumstances.  Through this project Develop Africa and CAPEC are enabling children to become self-sufficient. We are bridging the gap between rich and poor by offering good quality education for the most underprivileged. The Nursery and Primary will benefit children from Nkolfoulou village, Cameroon and about 2000 more children from other neighbouring villages (Baaba, Ntinga, Nkabo, Eboko, and Essebi). This school project is special because it provides basic education. Literacy rate in these rural areas is still low. Even though the government created school in Nkolfoulou it has not supported it with adequate infrastructure and teachers. Parents have therefore preferred to use their children in the farms. Additional plans include:  Larger and brighter classrooms  Computer workstations Vocational training centre More and better toilet facilities Bigger playground Gardening space Office space for school administration and CAPEC staff Staff room Community hall Volunteers hostel  You can help us today by making a making a donation of any amount - designated to this project.  See pictures of school  
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GlobalGiving Fundraisers

  Through our growing partnership with GlobalGiving.com and Globalgiving.co.uk, you can now fundraise for Develop Africa as an individual or a team / group.  These tools will make your fund raising efforts even easier. USA site: http://www.globalgiving.com/givingtools/ UK site: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/giftsandfundraising/searchfundorgg.html GlobalGiving Fundraisers allow you to easily raise money for any of DA's project(s) on GlobalGiving. Their email tools and widgets that make it easy for you to share your fundraiser with friends.  They are great tools through which we can together change Africa one donation at a time.  You can also create for any occasion — a wedding, birthday, or anniversary — or simply to generate support for one of DA's projects. A GlobalGiving registry is a list of "gifts" that you would like to receive, but in this case, the gift is actually a donation to a project.  DA's team would be happy to hear about your fundraising efforts - so be sure to let us know what you are working on.  Should you need assistance, feel free to contact us.    
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Develop Africa Newsletter - July 2009

  Develop Africa, Inc.  E-Newsletter - July 2009  In This Newsletter... » Greetings / Between 2 Worlds » Featured Supplies Drives » Field Report - Site Visits » Penny Harvest Provides a Grant to DA » Develop Africa Featured on Universal Synergy Group's Blog » Donate Items Through eBay (and MissionFish) » Books and School Supplies Away... » Office Team Donates Funds From NCAA Basketball Tournament » Project Spotlight - Microfinance                Contact Us: Got questions, suggestions on what  we can do better? Like to get involved? Please contact us.  We would love to hear from you!             "You are not expected to solve all of the world's problems.  You are simply expected to do your fair share and solve those problems that can be solved by you"             Useful  Links Develop Africa Home Page How you can help Gift Packages - see different ways you can make an impact               You are a history maker and a destiny changer!                 GlobalGiving Update Starting in July 2009, Develop Africa has been invited to showcase our projects and raise funds on the UK site -  www.GlobalGiving.co.uk.  This provides a unique opportunity for donors in the UK and Europe to support Develop Africa.   Warm Greetings Greetings from the Develop Africa Teams in the US and in Africa.   Welcome to Develop Africa's special dual newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 1 and 2 / July 2009.  This newsletter spans 2 releases, for the end of the first and 2nd quarters of 2009. Happy children at Modern Elementary School - Site Visit Between 2 Worlds... Sylvester Renner, the President of Develop Africa, returned in May from a field trip to West Africa where he visited schools, businesses and groups in Sierra Leone. He notes in his journal: "The difference between life in general in the two worlds, the Western world and the developing world struck me afresh on many dimensions including the following: - the availability of opportunities and resources - perspective, thinking patterns and mind set - approach to life and issues - environment - certainty (predictability) ... and others. Certainly there are challenges on the continent (and also everywhere, worldwide - both in the developed and the developing world).  However, relatively-speaking, more than ever before, the case and need exist for people world-wide to partner / unite and do their utmost to narrow the gap between the two worlds.  I rubbed shoulders and talked with many brave, courageous and determined people.  People working hard to build a better future for themselves individually, their families and their nation.  I observed a keener sense and desire for progress and national development, more than ever before. " The rising Third world is determined more than ever to leave the past behind take its place.  It is making significant strides towards liberty, empowerment and fulfillment.  Viva Africa!  Success to you!  Together, let's continue to press on, doing our part to encourage, enable and empower.  History is being re-written.  We are the players with the significant opportunity to help shape lives and history. Never doubt that your efforts are making a difference.  As a child, I learned the song: Little drops of water, little grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and the beauteous land The cumulative efforts of us all is transforming lives, right now and helping to rebuild Africa, one person at a time.  You are a history maker! Be sure to read the newsletter in its entirety - especially the section on Microfinance at the very end.  Thanks for your time! Best wishes as we together make history, The Develop Africa Team.   Featured Supplies Drives - Individual and Group The Global Concerns Club at Whitney Gretchen High School collected around 200 pencils.  "When you think of a pencil, you might think of that cool, new ten-dollar mechanical pencil from Fancy Box that everyone except you seems to have. You think, “Wow, it’s expensive, but who cares? I want it!” It may be true that several people (mostly girls) will have these pencils at school, but, in reality, others are not as fortunate...."  - Read more about this drive as told by Global Concerns Group  -See Global Concerns group and drive pictures... Emerson Elementary School, Indianola, IA - collected and shipped a big box of school supplies. East Islip High School, Long Island, NY, collected and shipped 6 boxes of school supplies - primarily pencils Sabrina L., girl scout decided to run a school supplies drive as part of a project towards her Bronze award. A church agreed to let her place details about her drive in the bulletin.  She also collected supplies from local businesses.  She also collected enough donated stamps that she used to mail 5 boxes to school supplies to DA.  Sabrina additionally sent in an envelope with over $70.00 in postage stamps. The DA team salutes Sabrina and the children and staff at Whitney Gretchen and Emerson Elementary and East Islip schools for a fine job.  Well done!   Field Report - Site Visits - Develop Africa's President - Sierra Leone Sylvester Renner was warmly received at the partner schools he visited in Freetown.  These schools had previously received books, school supplies and teaching supplies.  Sylvester had the opportunity to make a presentation of 3 laptops to the Eva Houston School. Sylvester was able to observe some of the supplies in use in the classrooms and on the classroom walls. Sylvester also had the opportunity to meet with and visit the businesses of a number of the beneficiaries of Develop Africa's Microfinance program.  The site visits which were made with Janet Tucker, DA Board Member.  These visits provided an opportunity to verify business progress, provide an on-site assessment of business progress and make appropriate on-the-spot recommendations.   More details about his trip - with a full report - and pictures are available here on DA's website.   Penny Harvest Provides a Grant in Support of School Classrooms Develop Africa in May received a grant award from the Penny Harvest students of PS/IS 109.  The Philanthropy Roundtable that made the decision and selected Develop Africa to receive this donation is Guap Getters.  The donation was made in support of school classrooms in Africa.  Every child deserves a hands-on chance to serve and give back. The Penny Harvest takes students on an educational journey of grant making and service that prepares them for a lifetime of involved citizenship and leadership. Penny Harvest was created by Common Cents, an educational, not-for-profit organization, which specializes in creating and managing service-learning programs for young people. Penny Harvest is the largest child philanthropy program in the United States. Thank you Guap Getters for your support!  We encourage children everywhere to collect their cents and pennies (and larger coins and bills / notes) to support development in Africa.  We welcome your support. DA is one of the approved organizations on the Penny Harvest / Common Cents website. You can find DA by accessing the Common Cents website - http://www.commoncents.org/orgfinder/search.cfm and searching “Develop Africa.”    Read more....   Develop Africa Featured on Universal Synergy Group's Blog: In recognition of the work that Develop Africa is doing, in April this year, Develop Africa was featured on a blog run by the Universal Synergy Group, LLC. Kristy Hall, the President of the Group, selected Develop Africa as one of the organizations that would be featured and recognized, giving Develop Africa added exposure. The Universal Synergy Group helps nonprofit organizations and NGOs across the globe accomplish their mission.  Thank you Universal Synergy for the work you are doing and for featuring Develop Africa.See feature on blog...   Yes, You can Donate Items Through eBay (and MissionFish) Summer time is a great time to clear out your house or apartment and donate or sell stuff you don't need.  Here's a quick tip - how about selling the items on eBay and donating all or a percentage of the proceeds to Develop Africa?  MissionFish is a partner of eBay and together they provide an easy way for buyers and sellers to support Develop Africa and other favorite nonprofit causes while trading on eBay.  For more information click here.   Office Team Conducts a Book Drive and Also Donates Funds From NCAA Basketball Tournament to Develop Africa A few months ago, the office team at Neo@Ogilvy organized a successful book drive.  The idea resonated with the team and they decided to take this a step further.  The team recently decided to donate funds from the NCAA basketball tournament pool to Develop Africa - totaling $200.00.    Thank you team Neo@Ogilvy for helping us make a difference in education in Africa!   Project Spotlight - Microfinance Our featured project this month is Microfinance - where individuals and small businesses receive training and interest-free micro-credit loans to help them take their businesses to the next level.  Microfinance has proven over the years to be a sure path to empowerment, helping thousands of people break free from poverty.  Sylvester in his recent visit to Sierra Leone, had the opportunity to visit several of the small businesses that have benefitted from DA's training and financial support.  He met with Seray Kallon who runs a provisions and general merchandise store that is located off Wilkinson road, Freetown.  Madam Seray Kallon (Right), a mother of three children is currently separated from her husband. She and her children survive through proceeds derived from this micro enterprise, thanks to Develop Africa. Standing next to Seray (in black blouse) is a relative and also dependant of Seray Kallon. During his trip, Sylvester had the opportunity to meet with many deserving individuals and businesses requesting support of funds ranging from about $200 to $5000.  If you would like to be a history-maker by helping these individuals become self-supporting, we gladly welcome your involvement that would truly transform their lives.  You can make a donation online or mail a check to DA.  More information on how to do so is available here.  Thanks for your investment!    Thanks for reading and for your continued support! We appreciate you. We encourage you to forward / share this email with your co-workers, friends, family etc. © Develop Africa, Inc. 2009 :::  www.DevelopAfrica.org ::: All Rights Reserved
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Develop Africa's President Site Visit - Sierra Leone - May 2009

Field Trip Summary Report In April / May 2009, Sylvester Renner, the President of the Develop Africa, had the opportunity to go on a field trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone. The following is a summary of activities during his trip:    Visit to Partner Schools – Books, School and Teaching Supplies, Scholarships: Sylvester and Joanne Tucker (Sierra Leonean Coordinator) visited three of the partner schools that have received books, school and teaching supplies, scholarships - provided by schools, children, companies and donors worldwide.     Sylvester and Joanne were very warmly received at each school.   They had a brief meeting with the school Principals / Head Teachers and were given a guided tour of each school. The children, teachers and Principals expressed their deep gratitude for the assistance that you (school children, parents, teachers, individuals and businesses worldwide) have helped provide over the years.  They asked Sylvester to convey their appreciation for all materials received. As they explained some of these materials are hard to come by. By providing these supplies free to the students, we are together promoting and supporting education. By providing a supportive environment, the children are better able to learn. The pictures in the photo albums from the different schools show: Some of the teaching supplies in use / on display on the walls in the classrooms.   Books in the school library. Click on the school name links below to see photos from each school: 1.  Eva Houston Preparatory School - Kissy, Freetown 2.  Modern Elementary School – Congo Cross, Freetown 3.  Tower Hill Kindergarten and Primary School – Tower Hill, Freetown View previous photos and videos covering the distributions of books and supplies - prior to Sylvester’s visit.     XO Laptops Donated To Eva Houston School:  During the visit, Sylvester also had the opportunity to present 3 XO children’s laptops to the Eva Houston Preparatory School.  The school was very grateful to receive the laptops. Sylvester also visited the computer lab, which is almost ready for use, pending funding and set up of internet access.   Leadership Symposium by LEAD Global:  While in Freetown, Sylvester had the opportunity to participate in and contribute to discussions in a Leadership Symposium organized by LEAD Global.  During this Leadership Symposium, topics such as “character” and “trust” were discussed.  Practical, small group sessions discussed the application of principles to everyday decision-making. Attendees of the Symposium came from a wide range of backgrounds including business owners, government service, and non-profit occupations.   Microfinance Beneficiaries Group Meeting and Site Visits: Beneficiaries of Develop Africa's Microfinance program had a group meeting with Sylvester Renner and Janet Tucker (Develop Africa Board Member).  During the meeting, the recipients expressed their gratitude for the funds received that had helped them to start or expand their businesses.  The participants were also particularly appreciative of the practical training that they had received at the start of the program several months ago.     The participants who have each received an interest-free loan are currently repaying the loan at the rate to 5-10% monthly.  Funds will be re-invested into additional businesses at the end of the year.  The beneficiaries asked Sylvester to expressly convey their gratitude to the donors that have helped make a big difference in their lives. During the meeting, the beneficiaries discussed strategies for improving their businesses and lessons learned.  Beneficiaries also discussed the challenges that they were facing and how to overcome them.  View pictures of group meeting  Watch Fatmatas video   In addition to the group meeting, Sylvester and Janet Tucker had the opportunity to visit the business locations of several of the microfinance businesses that have received funds and training.  Some of the businesses have a stall / shop, while others are run from their places of residence.  This visit provided the opportunity to further verify the operations of each business, provide a field evaluation and relevant on-site suggestions.  The beneficiaries are involved in the trade of a wide range of items including the following: coal, firewood, kerosene, sweets, candy, water, drinks (soda), onions, palm oil, powdered soap, vehicle lubricants, used automotive spare parts etc. View pictures of site visits   Visit and Donation to Special Needs Skills Training & Vocational Center Sylvester also made two visits to the Handicap Action Movement – Vocational Training and Production Center in Wellington. He had brief meeting with the management staff at this special needs camp. Youths and young adults are involved in a wide range of activities including the following: blacksmith work, welding, tailoring, electronic repair etc.  Sylvester was able to observe the youths and young adults at work and toured the facilities.  During the visit, Sylvester provided a donation from Develop Africa towards the programs of the Center continuing DA's partnership with this organization. The Center provides skills training, a vital path to empowerment, with income generating activities.      Meeting With Partner Youth Group Sylvester also visited and held 2 meetings with Youth Development and Empowerment Movement (YEDEM), a partner youth organization. Develop Africa currently provides on-going web-related technical support to this organization.    During the meetings, the officials explained that they had recently moved into a new office needed funds to set up internet access. This was needed for training, research purposes and to help further their programs. On behalf of develop Africa, Sylvester provided a donation to help set up internet access. During the meeting, they also discussed initial plans for future volunteer exchange and internship visits for Community Service Interns who would be involved in a range of activities such as - teaching grant writing, journalism, media-related skills, computer skills, helping organize and build the organization etc.   Below is Fatmata's testimonial, a microfinance beneficiary  
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Helping Worthy Kids on the Streets of Freetown and the El Shaddai Home in Sierra Leone

Develop Africa joined Freeway Ford, Longmont Ford, HELP International, and LEAD Global in helping worthy kids on the streets of Freetown and in an orphanage in Sierra Leone through the Kontainers for Kids drive. The organizations together gathered needed supplies for the El Shaddai Home and the Freetown Street Kids Project in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa.    See more photos Develop Africa provided 6 drums of books and school supplies.  Items sent in the container - distributed in April / May 2009 included the following items: • Backpacks with school supplies • Clothing (summer wear) and shoes • Sheets and blankets • Towels and wash cloths • Dishes and silverware • Children’s toys and books • Christmas decorations • Bicycles and tricycles • Educational posters, charts, maps • Musical instruments – guitars keyboards, brass, stringed, woodwind • Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo • Eye glasses • Wheelchairs and crutches • Office furniture • Computers – desk or laptops • Canned meats – Spam, corned beef, sardines • Powdered milk, cocoa, drinks • Cereals and oatmeal
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