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Develop Africa Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Human Services, International, International Relief, Youth Development - Business

Mission: Empowering lives in Africa so that they can better themselves, their communities and their nations

Results: 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. From 2015 to 2016, we provided remedial training to 100 young pregnant ladies and young mothers who were out of school at the Creating Pathways Centre. Since May 2015, we have been taking care of 22 Ebola orphans in the Dream Home orphanage.

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.

Geographic areas served: Africa

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 XcelerateNC

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an educational nonprofit organization, Xcelerate NC Inc looks to partner with other nonprofits who support children's education. We came across Develop Africa, an incredible organization that works to support children's education especially for girls in Africa. Our experience with Develop Africa and Mr. Sylvester Renner has been absolutely fantastic. We learnt how Develop Africa provides school supplies, supports health and well-being, and empowers youth with skill training. We got an opportunity to work with a student in Sierra Leone, conducting English language and Public Speaking classes through online sessions. It was an incredible experience!

Xcelerate NC wishes Develop Africa all success on their noble mission and on all future endeavors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been a part of Develop Africa for about 5 years and were able to see first hand how much they cared for the children in one of their sponsored orphanages. They worked hard to get sponsors but mostly we saw them care for the souls of the children. Thank you

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is changing lives in Sierra Leone! I have worked with their students and have witnessed firsthand how they are empowering young women in Africa to start businesses and change their lives.

1 jammi

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have experienced first hand the impact of this organization in the lives of so many youths children in Africa. The impact has a multiplier effect and grows as they change the lives of youths and children through their educational programs, microfinance, school supplies, computer training and much more. Simply amazing the reach of this organization. Excellent execution and administration. Thanks Develop Africa.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served in the Board of Develop Africa Inc. Develop Africa Inc. has a clear and compelling vision. I was struck by the outstanding work ethic and great organizational skills of its staff and volunteers. During field trips in Africa I noticed the impact the organization has on schools, small business owners and youth providing training and scholarship for education.

Holly G.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I did an internship at Develop Africa many years ago, and have also donated and volunteered over the years. The work they do changes lives for so many people. Develop Africa uplifts others with school supplies, mosquito nets, training classes, and more. This ensures that folks are able to achieve lasting changes in their lives… for the betterment of all.

Donor

Rating: 5

I searched the entirety of the internet for an organization that I could feel REALLY good supporting. That organization is Developing Africa. I have been supporting DA for over two years, now my husband sponsors a child too, and I just brought on my next student to sponsor. Education changed my life, and to be able to provide the gift of education is such an honor. We look forward to continuing to support DA, and encourage everyone else to do so too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met students In Sierra Leone that are been sponsored by Develop Africa - every day they take school supplies to these young intellectuals. This is helping many of these young minds to excel in high schools
Develop Africa is a pioneer in helping young teenagers navigate high school

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent non-profit organization, they provide effective platform for touching the lives of less privilege children back in Africa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Develop Africa and there are a number of donations that come in every weeks and most of these donations are packed into drums and sent to Africa where it brings joy to the children over there. They are really doing a great job and the staff are optimistic for the best.

Christina Van Dyke G.

Donor

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is an amazing organization which helps deliver school supplies and other essential items to children in need.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first experience with Develop Africa was a couple of years ago. I was in a conversation with a friend about nonprofit organizations, and he mentioned that he worked with one of the best in the city. I got curious because I am African, and my Indian friend was talking about a nonprofit that was doing everything possible to educate people in Africa. From that time, I have served as a volunteer and part-time staff. My experiences are numerous. But I would say a few things that I experienced. They are "thoughtful in all their actions" going as far as working weekends to make sure the supplies are ready in good time, bridging the gap between donors and sponsored kids, and ensuring that basic needs are met for the underprivileged.

sylmurray

Client Served

Rating: 5

For over twelve (12) years now, our organization, the Advocacy Initiative for Development has been working with Develop Africa on many projects including children's education, child protection, youth empowerment, women's empowerment, etc. Over the years, hundreds of youths and women directly benefited from different skills development/training programs funded by Develop Africa.

Most beneficiaries who went through those training programs either ended up starting their own small businesses or securing jobs in various organizations thereby making livelihood a reality for themselves. This wouldn't have happened without the strategic partnership with Develop Africa.

Develop Africa has indeed been impacting and transforming lives in Africa for sustainable development.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa strategically empowers lives in Africa by providing educational opportunities and resources. During my time at Develop Africa, having a first-hand view and relationship with the wonderful people who operate the organization, I felt a part of something important, something that will change people's lives forever and hopefully inspire them to make a change as well. I loved working with Develop Africa, and I hope to work with them again in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough great things about this nonprofit. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with the founder, Sylvester, while volunteering. At first it was a data gathering mission. I was given a list of podcasts on nonprofit best practices to which to listen and then summarize. Not only was this a rewarding and fun volunteer task, but I can tell that those at Develop Africa have been using this information as they perpetually look for and execute on continuous improvement activities. This is just an honest and genuinely good nonprofit. A solid mission. A caring set of workers/volunteers. A lot of examples showing true differences being made in Sierra Leone and well beyond. An organization to which I never second guess giving my time, money, and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to write summary notes over podcasts that are going to help Develop Africa become better at fundraising. It was a really neat way to volunteer my time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the Develop Africa organization has forever changed my outlook on education and selfless serving. Day in and day out, I noticed the continued excellence of the staff as they ensured that all supplies and donations that come in - from pencils to electronics to school bags - are in the best shape possible.

Collecting school supplies and building mini-computers made me value the privilege that I have to free education. It is heartbreaking when hundreds of thousands of kids the same age have to forfeit their education because their responsibilities outweigh the opportunity for an education. But with nonprofits like Develop Africa, impoverished African children will have access to free educational resources and materials so that the idea of learning is no longer a fantasy but a reality.

Jane Ramsey A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is awesome and does a great job collecting and sending supplies to Africa.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is doing a wonderful job helping to empower people in Africa by collecting and sending school supplies, solar lights, and other necessary items. As a volunteer, I have found the staff to be awesome and they do so much to make this nonprofit thrive. Keep sending those school supplies and donations because they are truly needed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is one of my favorite places I have volunteered at. They treat you not only as a volunteer, but like family. You feel welcomed and loved by them while also serving a great organization. They work hard and show the world Christ through their serving and actions.

Cremelda Parkinson P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Develop Africa has been a valuable partner and sponsor in the fight against Breast Cancer in Sierra Leone since 2013.
Develop Africa is our fisccal sponsor and manage funds we receive from our main sponsors GreaterGood to support the financially challenged women going thru diagnosis treatment and or death.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa Inc. in an incredible organization. It's amazing how much they're contributing to kids education in Africa and the dedication with which they offer help. I had the opportunity of volunteering with Develop Africa Inc. and was impressed by the work they do to make it possible for children to go to school in Africa.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Upon walking into Develop Africa, I was immediately taken back by the scale in which they operate. The people behind this organization truly care about the lives and well being of the children in Africa. Both Sylvester and Chris were extremely kind and welcoming towards me, as well as grateful to have an extra hand around the office. Develop Africa is sending out bin after bin of school supplies to various school in Sierra Leone as well as other counties within Africa.

Lowcofe C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Develop Africa gives a second chance to those who otherwise would have lost hope in this life (JT).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is an incredible organization. Early this year, I visited two projects of the organization and had the opportunity to witness first-hand the impact the organization has on the lives of children and mothers in Sierra Leone.

I had the opportunity to interact and meet with 12 children and 3 mothers who still received direct support in the form of school supplies and micro grants since the mudslide intervention in 2014.
Develop Africa is truly transforming lives in Sierra Leone. I am so thankful for all of the dedication and beneficial work the organization is doing. The community is so lucky to have you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Abu Rahman K, a former computer training student of Develop Africa in Sierra Leone. The excellent training I received endowed me with great knowledge in computer systems - which I was an illiterate on.

I can now do presentations work at college with ease. I can also can now help my colleagues on campus about computer related issues. My goal now is to help other computer illiterates to become proficient. This will in essence help the society, nation and the individual as a whole.

Thanks so much Develop Africa!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Develop Africa since January 2019 and this experience has been nothing but awesome and life changing for me. I remember looking for Volunteer opportunities and i came across this organization, i was very much curious as to what they did. Coming in and volunteering with a non profit organization that was genuinely interested in helping others and actually loved what they did made me love this organization even more. I am glad i was able to be a part of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Develop Africa has been very beneficial to the Sierra Leonean youths by giving them fundamentals in information communication technology. It has also created hope and a better future for many young girls who seemed all was lost.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Develop Africa has been a great blessing to poor and needy children under our care by providing school bags and materials for them. Develop Africa is an authentic organisation helping poor children and women to go to school and learn skills that will help them in their future.
I am Emeric Webber.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keturah Deborah Sillah
Develop Africa has been a great help to less privileged children and parents. My experience with them has been a great deal because I am one of the beneficiary in terms of acquiring computer literacy. They are offering free scholarship and giving children school materials that will last them for the whole of the academy year. They help parents money to start up business for them selves and pay them (DASL) later at a convenient time of them. DASL is indeed making a affecting lives in a positive way in the country because they don't only provide services to the city alone but also in the suberbob villages too.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Name is Hassan Kamara student of develop Africa sierra leone computer school.
The Impacts created in me so far
a. It has introduced me to computer and to know the basic functions of all the computer software.
b. It has improved my knowledge of understanding computer
c. It has made me to become a computer literate.
d. It has improved my course, which I am presently studying at my college since it has never being a provision for any student to have such a wonderful computer studies.
e. It has also empowered me to enlighten and teach other students who are not yet reach this level.
f. With a certificate at my final examination of the programs will be added on to my curriculum vitea (CV).

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keturah Deborah Sillah.
Well I am so impressed so far with some of the impact created in me by Develop Africa especially when it come to computer studies. It has been a good and wonderful moment studying with them, Develop Africa has the best environment of learning and the strength of their staff is encouraging.I have archive a lot.Develop Africa is indeed a true platform and well structured body.All my experience with them were explicit. Develop Africa is a true home of learning Compute studies.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Develop Africa partnered with Edufound to provide machinery and equipment for a college in Gambia. Their contribution was timely and facilitated the start up of operations. Keep up the good work as you impact lives all over Africa. Well done

Johanese T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In relation to the computer skills by develop,
It has help me to become more technological incline in dealing with electronics issues.
I Furthermore I can now help other people about computer related issues. And help them know what I have learnt.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with this organization for probably over five years. I see the great work been done to help less fortunate kids in Africa. I like their transparency and individual acknowledgment of donations. I hope people see this and help them make life a little bit easier for the underprivileged kids they service. Please support them.

PC S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the awesome opportunity to watch Develop Africa remain dedicated to helping people all over Africa. Whether it is children with school supplies, computer training, micro finance loans, and child sponsorship...Develop Africa's team works to efficiently put donations to work. Have you seen the school supplies collected and shipped to Africa? How about the Pencil Project? This non-profit is one you can be proud of for it's stewardship and dedication to honest and open use of donations received. I've had the blessing of being a donor to Develop Africa, the chance to visit recipients in person, and the honor to recently become a board member. Five unbiased stars.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a really amazing program. It is helping change lives and making differences. They provide scholarships and books which is such an amazing initiative. Everyone should support this program.

Joseph M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so happy when I heard and saw what Develop Africa was doing. I got in touch with them and got some school materials for a ministry in Liberia call Eagle Christian Center located in the heart of Monrovia which have been a help to the children in that neighborhood. And Develop Africa was so happy in helping in the case. We thank all the hard working people at Develope Africa Inc. Please keep up the good work.

ReCole SoulGlo C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to do volunteer work for Develop Africa. It was an honor to assist a nonprofit with genuine concern for helping others. They've helped provide technology, books, supplies, etc. to our African brothers and sisters. I am glad that DevelopAfrica is still going strong, remaining visible through social media, and providing resources to those in need.

Donald R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Develop Africa as a nonprofit has proven to be an incredible organization that have made great impression on most of us that love charity giving especially towards worthy cause.
True to their mission, Develop Africa has been able to deliver on awesome initiatives around Africa helping and empowering underprivileged needy children and Communities.
Recently they shipped and distributed drums of school supplies around schools in Africa. It was nice to see photos of school children with remarkable smiles of hope towards their education during the distribution of the supplies. Let me use this opportunity to thank Sylvester Renner and his team for their amazing service to communities around Africa.
Develop Africa will be one of my top 5 charity organizations. Keep up the good work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer with Develop Africa for roughly three years and I thought it was such a rewarding experience to be a part of. I only helped in small ways but I could see the outcomes and results of what Mr. Renner and his organization do for young students in Africa. The sponsors themselves were so involved and generous and were constantly donating and sponsoring the children. I am so thankful to have been a part of such an amazing organization that has made impact on so many African youths and scholars.

Parker H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is a wonderful non-profit organization which dedicates itself to a very noble cause. It was a pleasure to be able to volunteer for them. The people who work at Develop Africa are passionate about the work they do and are warm, welcoming, and hospitable to volunteers. Their work has provided assistance and aid to countless children and families throughout Africa, and they have been essential in ensuring that students in Africa have the materials they need to excel and move forward with their education goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to DA approximately 2 months ago. Never would i have dreamed of a non profit organization doing so much for the needy of Africa. Sylvester, Cristopher and the other office personnel was such a pleasure to work with. I was overwhelmed with the generosity and giving of people to this cause. This organization has the leadership, goal, and ability to carry out a direction of hope and future to the African communities they aide. If you are searching for an organization to donate too, look no further than to Develop Africa.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Develop Africa has done tremendous work in Sierra Leone and other countries, working towards the development and empowerment of those underprivileged in society.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is a focused and professional nonprofit with a passion for developing Africa - through direct interventions with material help, site visits, collaboration with local communities, social/developmental entities and other organisations helping in Africa. We have collaborated with Develop Africa in ensuring that interventions in rural Sierra Leone are successful and meet the requirements of the rural poor. Develop Africa is indeed a shining light in Africa, bringing help to Africa taking the message of African developmental issues to the wider world. We look forward to working with Develop Africa always as a partner in development.

Bimpe B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Develop Africa's passion and commitment to the development of Africa and to addressing issues ranging from education to poverty alleviation and economic empowerment, is highly commendable. It is evident the organization has a clear sense of purpose.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Develop Africa for about a year and its been an amazing experience seeing what they do and how they affect lives. From sending school supplies to disadvantaged children in Africa to helping African orphans from the Ebola epidemic at the Dream Home, Develop Africa extends genuine love from abroad. The manner in which things are conducted and the level of professionalism makes it difficult not to buy into the vision. I love my experience here and i am privileged to have this opportunity to contribute to Africa's development. Keep moving forward!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with develop Africa on 2 projects, one I am currently starting. My first project I did with them was fantastic. I collected backpacks filled with school supplies to donate to an ebola orphanage in Africa. My project I am working on now is a teen pregnancy website. Develop Africa has been very supportive and helpful throughout my projects, and is a very great nonprofit organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was there and what I saw was a gracious sight showing loving hearts willing and striving to reach out to needy children and combat ignorance. They are doing a great job.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I connected with Develop Africa's Dream Home while living and working as a nurse in Sierra Leone, West Africa in 2015 and it has been a joy to volunteer and support their work ever since. While they are a relatively small organization, the work they are doing is extremely meaningful and they are most definitely having an extraordinarily positive impact on the lives of the children they serve as well as the local communities with which they partner.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Develop Africa Inc. is an organization that has the interest of the African community at heart. They always yearn to improve African societies by providing sustainable aids to less privileged communities in those region and are always open to doing more.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is amazing to see the passion in each of this organizations members! I pray that they will always have the spirit and resources to continually impact the world! I will definitely support them on this journey in any way I can!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Develop Africa to volunteer for a class project and the people there were so warm and nice that I volunteered for more hours than I originally intended. They do great work there.

1 Emily168

Donor

Rating: 5

I sent in 4-6 boxes of school supplies, for the first time, so I was unsure of the process. The communication through email was efficient and informative. This organization really cares! I am already prepping for our next donation!

1 Transfedha M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.
Daniel
MD,Transfedha microfinance Kenya.

James190

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

2 Jeff93

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1 Fayia N.

Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5


New Life Project Inc. is very grateful for all the moral and financial support that we have received over the years from Develop Africa Inc. as we thrive to achieve our mission in Azope, Cote D'Ivoire. The financial support has transformed lives of young women giving them an opportunity to further their education or start a small business which helps them regain their self- esteem and find economic independence. It is their generosity and belief in our mission that enables us to perform our work.

Brenda Elizabeth Williams
New Life Project Inc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a partner( Adullam Missions Evangelistic Network) with Develop Africa for a couple of years, it has been a joy and pleasure in working with them. They are truly what a Nonprofit should be. Delivering real aid to real people with utmost sense of responsibility, accountability and transparency. Their networking ability has been their sense of strength and so you can always count on them.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Prince of Wales Alumni GA Chapter partnered with Develop Africa Inc. to send medical supplies for the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. This Charity Organization made it possible for these items to be deliver in Sierra Leone within three (3) days. Develop Africa Inc. is an outstanding and trustworthy Organization.