You Can Now Sponsor A Specific Day of Computer Training At The FAWE Lab - Online Calendar

In connection with the FAWE Lab Project, we now have an online calendar where you can sponsor an hour. day, week, month or entire year.   See sponsorship levels   To sponsor a time period: Go to the online calendar Click on "Add Event"  Fill in the details, specify time period and submit form Then go to our donation page and make your donation to cover selected time period Your event will be reviewed and promptly approved.   See sponsorship levels   Thanks for helping to make computer training available to disadvantaged girls!
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The Vocational Skills Training That We Are Providing is Creating Jobs and Increasing Productivity

Report Filed by Sylvester Renner: I just returned 2 weeks ago from a trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone.  During the trip, I had the opportunity to meet with some of the ladies that we are supporting together.  It was so fulfilling to talk with them and to hear of how the support that we are providing is making a difference in their lives.  Through the sewing machines that have been provided they are learning how to sew and become independent.  In this group and in Sierra Leone in general, vocational training continues to be in high demand.  This training provides a reliable means of livelihood and a path to financial independence.  For many of the beneficiaries in Sierra Leone, this is so very welcome as it provides a source of livelihood.  I recently ran into an article that emphasizes the importance of this training: "Skill training is critical for sustainable industrialization and poverty reduction in terms of creating a critical mass of technically and entrepreneurially qualified people, who are able to stimulate investment opportunities, create jobs and increase productivity. A well educated and trained workforce is a prerequisite for harnessing the potential of competitiveness and industrialization." The ladies asked me to bring back their deep appreciation to you for your current and future support.  This support is providing a vital lifeline - in more ways than we can imagine!  I came back encouraged and In high spirits.  It's a good feeling to know that together we are making the world a better place!  We are making a definite impact together. I also came back determined to do more.  We can do so much more together.  We invite you to join us in doing more by signing up for a recurring donation today.  Thanks for your ongoing support!      
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Free From Malaria - Testimony From Sierra Leone

I just returned from a field trip to Sierra Leone where I had the opportunity to visit with a number of families in the Wellington suburb of Freetown.  The community came out in full force to greet Phillip (my fellow traveler) and I. A number of the children were holding up hand-written signs.  The words on one of the signs - "Free from Malaria" - grabbed my attention.  This visual testimony was powerful.  Her simply testimony struck a deep chord within me.  It reminded me afresh that we making a life-preserving impact in many lives.  Being free from malaria is significant.  Saving someone's life from a killer disease is phenomenal and you are a part of making this happen. Thanks to you and the nets you help provide, one more precious life was safe from the clutches of the killer disease, malaria.  The community also had a big sign saying "Thank You Develop Africa Donors".  We left with a sense of fulfillment... and a renewed desire to do much more. Could you join us in doing more - saving more lives - by supporting this project on a monthly basis?  When you sign up for recurring donations, we can together make many more lives "free from malaria.  By signing up for recurring donations you would help us do so much more. Thanks for your on-going support! Sylvester
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Develop Africa is Featured on Penny For Your World

Today, Sunday, May 22nd 2011, Develop Africa is one of the two charities featured / profiled on Penny For Your World - http://www.pennyforyourworld.com/. On this site you can give a penny a day or ten cents a day to charities you choose. More details are available on their website.   http://www.pennyforyourworld.com/
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Microfinance Business Success: Funds Enhanced Catherine's Business and Improved The Standard of Living of Her Family

Meet Catherine: Catherine is a hardworking mother of one child, who is now in the university. Apart from her only child Catherine also has other mouths to feed. She is responsible for the maintenance of her household. Catherine is a fishmonger (smoked fish) and has been in this business for over 15 years. She gets her commodity from the fishing communities in the Bo environs. The sale of her business is slow and she makes a profit of about $36 per month, which is not sufficient to expand her business and take care of her home.  Catherine needed microfinance funds to expand and diversify her business to maximise profit, which she can plough back into the business for sustainability as well as being able to take good care of her children.   Catherine is very grateful to Develop Africa and GlobalGiving donors for supporting her with microfinance to enhance her business and improve the standard of living of her family.  Through providing micro-credit or micro finance funds, we are together improving the standard of living of families, one family at a time.    We would also be deeply grateful if you could consider signing up for a recurring donation of $10.00 or more monthly.  This would be a tremendous support as we invest into the lives of these families in Africa. Thanks friends for your on-going support!  
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Happy Mothers' Day & We See Endless Possibilities

  Develop Africa  E-Newsletter - May 2011  In This Newsletter... » Greetings - Happy Mother's Day... and We See Endless Possibilities   » Sewing Machines and Computers Provided to Global Harvest College, the Gambia   » A New Roof, A New Day - Thanks For Your Support   »   Having Difficulty Choosing a Mother’s Day Gift for Mom?   » "Why I'm Optimistic About West Africa": An excerpt from Jennifer Buffett’s article in the Huffington Post   » Take The Challenge - Donate $10 Each Month and Save One Individual From The Threat of Malaria   » Thanks!                     Connect with us on Facebook or Twitter as they are the best ways of staying updated with what we are doing and development work in general.        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!             Useful  Links Develop Africa Home Page   How you can help             Warm greetings Happy Mother's Day! Worldwide, Mother's day is celebrated on different days.  It is one of the most recognized days and its importance cannot be overemphasized.  The essential process of raising children in many cultures rests squarely (and sometimes solely) on the mother.  We all have in many ways been impacted by our mothers and we owe them a debt of gratitude.  Regardless of when Mother's day is celebrated in your corner of the globe (or if not at all), we pause to acknowledge you - our Mothers - worldwide.  We celebrate you and will forever be grateful for the role you played in our lives.  To all Mothers we wish you strength and wisdom as you train and raise up your child(ren).  Thank you so much. Together with Jennifer Buffet (article link below), we believe in and are optimistic about not just West Africa - but the entire Africa.  We see endless possibilities.  We see a future where Africa is empowered, successful and has risen to take its place.  We see an Africa with all its potential - human, natural etc. - fully developed and tapped. The newsletter below provides a brief update about how we are making an impact and how you can help further. Thank for reading and your support. Featured Story: Sewing Machines and Computers Provided to Global Harvest College, the Gambia Recently we partnered up with GHC, and through funds received from Chase we helped the college purchase sewing machines and computers. Check out the introductory YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSTHMPnof_0<br /> <br /> To share a little about the College: Ten years after they opened their doors, the Skills Center (now the Global Harvest College) continues to welcome those who wish to further their education. On March 20, 2011 a new semester began with student orientation, conducted by the CEO and the College Manager.   By the time students graduate from GHC, they will have completed core courses for their general education, courses such as Adult Literacy and Numeracy. In addition, they will have acquired a life skill of their choosing. Among their choices are tailoring and computer technology.   A New Roof, A New Day - Thanks For Your Support If you remember, a little over a month ago a storm blew through and tore the roof off of the CAPEC school, a school we have helped support for some time now. During the last month, donors have responded to the crisis in an amazing way. The CAPEC school now has a brand new roof, and continues its mission to advance the education of over 100 students. Having Difficulty Choosing a Mother’s Day Gift for Mom? We suggest donating a bag of rice to a family in need. In the following stories you’ll meet a couple of mothers to whom, you can tell from the smiles on their faces, a bag of rice makes all the difference in the world.  Through the SeeYourImpact website, you will receive a story of a specifc family recipient that you can share with your mother.  Full Bellies and Warm Hearts for the Kanu Family! The Kanu family has six immediate members-Aminata, her husband and their four children.  However, the Kanus have opened their home to relatives who are far less fortunate.  Her husband tries to provide for everyone on a monthly salary of only $70, but this extended family lives without running water and other basic necessities. The bag of rice donated means so much to the Kanu family. Not only will their bellies be filled, but their hearts will be warmed knowing that you care.  The Kanu family expresses their sincerest thanks!   Mabinty and Her Family Sleep with Full Bellies! Mabinty and her family live in a two bedroom zinc sheet home with no running water or electricity. Mabinty, the matriarch of the family, was forced to become a single mother and raise her four children alone, after her husband abandoned the family several months ago.  She does the best she can to meet her family’s needs, but it is a daily struggle for Mabinty, who earns only $50 each month. The 80 kg bag of rice means that this family now goes to bed without empty bellies. Mabinty is so grateful for the timely donation and sends thanks and blessings. "Why I'm Optimistic About West Africa": An excerpt from Jennifer Buffett’s article in the Huffington Post "I believe in a simple, bold idea: Women and girls have the power to lead their countries away from war to peace and prosperity. As I walked around the pock-marked, uneven roads of Monrovia, Liberia recently, I spoke with one powerful woman who reaffirmed my faith in this vision. Marian Rogers is a social worker with the International Rescue Committee who has dedicated her life to unlocking the potential of Liberia's most vulnerable girls and women. Marian is an example of the determination, resilience and strength that she seeks to inspire in others. After the tragic death of her parents when she was just 21, she single-handedly raised her five siblings while putting herself through school. Having overcome enormous odds, Marian is now working to tip the scales in favor of girls across her country. When she looks at a girl, she sees endless possibilities. As she told me recently, "that girl's hands increase the growth of every community. If we all try to protect the rights of women and girls...the world will be a better place, free from violence." Read full article here - http://huff.to/ilx2i7   Take The Challenge - Donate $10 Each Month and Save One Individual From The Threat of Malaria Did you know that for only $10 per month - the cost of 1-2 lunch sandwiches - Develop Africa can provide a treated mosquito net in Sierra Leone? As you may know Malaria is still a deadly disease in Africa.  Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection ... Malaria kills. But it can be prevented.  The nets that we are providing have proven to be very effective - but we need your help. By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through GlobalGiving's Recurring Donation Campaign!  We need at least ten new recurring donations before the end of the day Friday, May 20 EDT in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500. Sign up for a recurring donation here - http://bit.ly/netssavelives .  Be sure to click on the "monthly recurring" option below the large orange "donate" button.  You can read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here  http://bit.ly/kZb65t . Thanks! Thanks for helping make all this and more happen!  We deeply appreciate all friends, volunteers, donors and workers that are helping make change happen in Africa. Happy Mother's Day to all our Mothers and Sisters worldwide.  With the best of wishes Sylvester Renner and the Develop Africa Team   
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Help Provide Mosquito Nets By Signing Up For Recurring Donations - and Receive a Free Develop Africa Mug

  Dear friends Did you know that for only $10 per month - the cost of 1-2 lunch sandwiches - Develop Africa can provide a treated mosquito net in Sierra Leone?  As you may know Malaria is still a deadly disease in Africa.  Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection ... Malaria kills. But it can be prevented.  The nets that we are providing have proven to be very effective - but we need your help.   We depend on donations to provide these valuable nets to the community each month. Help us continue to provide essential, life-saving nets to more people by signing up for a recurring donation! A recurring donation is easy to set up and automatically goes to your credit card each month so you can help provide a steady income for more nets, without having to worry about making separate donations each month. By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through GlobalGiving's Recurring Donation Campaign!  We need at least ten new recurring donations before the end of the day Friday, May 20 EDT in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500.   Sign up for a recurring donation here - http://bit.ly/netssavelives .  Be sure to click on the "monthly recurring" option below the large orange "donate" button.  You can read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here  http://bit.ly/kZb65t .   Will you give up 1-2 lunch sandwiches a month to help save lives?  Thank you for your support in this campaign!   Best wishes,   Sylvester and the Develop Africa Team  
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World Malaria Day - a Chance to Help Make Malaria History!

Today is 25 April - a day to commemorate global efforts to control malaria. The theme this World Malaria Day - Achieving Progress and Impact. Together, with your support, since the start of last year, Develop Africa has distributed approximately 1000 mosquito nets free.  These effective, life-saving nets have been warmly received and we look forward to distributing at least double that amount this year.  These nets have reduced the impact of malaria. "Reducing the impact of malaria is key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, agreed by every United Nations Member State. These include not only combating the disease itself, but also goals related to women's and children's rights and health, access to education and the reduction of extreme poverty." World Malaria Day represents a chance for all of us to make a difference.   You can help make malaria history by donating a net today for $10 - /donations Thanks for helping to eradicate malaria - /donations  
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