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Develop Africa Inc

Rating: 4.57 stars   28 reviews 2,760


1906 Knob Creek Road Suite 3 Johnson City TN 37604 USA


The mission of Develop Africa is to facilitate and establish meaningful and sustainable development in Africa through capacity building and transformational education.


Provided scholarships and sponsorships to hundreds of children and youths, distributed thousands of mosquito nets, provided business training and microfinance loans to multiple small businesses. We are providing on-going computer training and tailoring classes. During the Ebola crisis we provided Personal Protective Equipment for Health Workers / Medical Equipment and Supplies, radio Education Support: We supported this by providing radios and batteries to families, emergency Food / Relief Aid / Provision of Health Kits and Community Sensitization - Dissemination of Ebola Health Information. In 2015 opened the Dream Home orphanage where Develop Africa takes care of 22 Ebola orphans year round. Also in 2015, opened Creating Pathways, which is for young pregnant ladies and young mothers to complete their education and receive computer training.

Target demographics:

children, Ebola orphans, young pregnant ladies/young moms, youths and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year:

22 Ebola Orphans, over 100 young pregnant women/mothers, provided multiple scholarships, shipped over 25 drums filled with donated school supplies and books and distributed them to over 30 schools, provided multiple microfinance loans, child sponsorships, provided computer training, tailoring training, provided solar lights to aid in studying and distributed hundreds of mosquito nets.

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While Develop Africa employs a variety of strategies to achieve its mission, the goal in all our endeavors is the same: to empower people through transformational education, resource development and strategic investment. Our programs include: children sponsorships, job skills training, microfinance / micro-lending and small business training, scholarships, books, school and teaching supplies, providing solar lights for studying, basic computer training and computer labs, mosquito nets, start up tool kits (such as sewing machines), school uniforms etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Develop Africa has given hope to children from poor families to access education.This is precious for the girl child who faced a myriad of challenges ranging from early marriages to child labour.
MD,Transfedha microfinance Kenya.

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Rating: 5 stars  

They really care about their cause and they use your donations responsibly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful charity!! It is a blessing to be a part of this growing mission. As I read and view all of the positive changes being made for these children... It amazes me. All of my questions were answered in a reasonable amount of time and very well explained. I love develop Africa and all the selfless work they do to create a better world. Thankyou.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My elementary school supports two students in Sierra Leone and it has been a great experience so far working with the sponsorship team and receiving letters from our students. Great organization!

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I found Develop Africa through a TED talk given by See Your Impact cofounder, Scott Oki. I was impressed with the transparency of this organization and its encouragement of donors to really get involved not only on a monetary level, but a human level of connection and understanding. Sylvester Renner and Joshua Sandy have helped facilitate the support and a relationship with our adopted family in Sierra Leone. Sylvester and Joshua are a joy to work with and make giving and getting involved easy and rewarding. We look forward to a long and meaningful relationship with the Develop Africa team. Monique Christiansen and The Christiansen Family.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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After my son was born, I knew I wanted to volunteer for an organization that helped children. I searched high and low for a nonprofit that directly and tangibly made a difference in the lives of kids in need, and Develop Africa fit that criteria perfectly. They don't spend all their money on marketing, and the link between donor and recipient is fairly direct. Even 18 months later, I am still inspired by the work they do, and proud to be part of the team.

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Rating: 4 stars  

You have to respect an organization so deeply involved in outreach and uplift. Develop Africa is a great example of investing in the youth to help create a better tomorrow. I've watched the org & their initiatives for over 10 years and I'm always moved by their desire to take action.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have known Sylvester for about 3 years I think. He had called me with a job, to build a crate to ship supplies (in this case a lectern) to aid teaching children in Africa. Since meeting him, he and I have corresponded back and forth a few times over different subjects. I have great faith that Mr. Renner is smart and has only the best intentions and motivation for helping his chosen (less fortunate) in how ever manner he can.

warm regards, Jeff Keller
Handimax Handyman and Construction Co.
Greater Tri Cities Region of TN

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Rating: 1 stars  

I want to thank Develop Africa for the good work they are doing. They supports my schools with 10 Drums school materials in Sierra Leone. May God continue to bless them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This charity has been helping with education efforts in African countries.

They are currently addressing the Ebola crises through efforts at educating the populace and providing much needed supplies. They were on the forefront and responded to this cisis before many other organizations and governments

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