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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

Jane Ramsey A.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Having partnered with Develop Africa Inc to send much needed PPE for the Ebola Outbreak
in Sierra Leone, I can say that Develop Africa is one of a rare breed of competent Charity Organizations that can deliver on its promise to expedite medical suppliers to Sierra Leone within 3 days. We were proud of our accomplishments together.
If you’re thinking of partnering with Develop Africa, you are making a wise decision and would find yourself working with a competent and trustworthy Organization.

Johnathan Harleston
President, Prince of Wales AA GA chapter.

Donor

Rating: 4

As the Ebola epidemic savaged Sierra Leone, I was asked by a group of donors to identify a NGO that would be able to identify needs on the ground. Develop Africa worked with the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone, purchased needed materials and worked on getting it to them all within a relatively short time. They were really great and dedicated to the task of providing assistance during the epidemic. Develop Africa is an outstanding organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is a great nonprofit that helps people on the individual level with a broad range of programs like computer training, scholarships for kids who need help paying their fees and microfinance programs that enable people to start business making them self-sustaining individuals and leaders of their community. More recently DA has been really involved in combatting Ebola through awareness and educational campaigns, sending protective gear for health care workers on the ground, and a recent online Q&A with Reddit. The work they are doing is especially during this time. Volunteering as the twitter manager for Sylvester's organization has been a great experience so far.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Develop Africa is a great organization. I have marveled at their relentless efforts in helping the needy especially in East and West Africa. The founders truly have a heart for the poor and needy. They challenge me and inspire me. I have been very moved by their efforts in supplying medical and protective kits to the health workers on the front line in Sierra Leone. What I also find interesting is that sometimes, it is hard to know who's behind Develop Africa if you didn't already know them or you haven't visited their website. This is because they promote the work, they amplify the voices of those in need. They don't promote themselves as personalities which I find exceptional especially in a world where people seek to use these platforms to get famous. Looking forward to see what's in store in 2015. God bless them for a job well done. I also hope that they can also document their experiences and lessons they have learned so other organizations on the continent can learn from them as well.

Michael272

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Develop Africa indeed is developing Africa.I have been following up with all the works they have been doing on social media and it is changing my life.Inspiring me in wanting to give back to society when i have the available resources.Develop Africa is changing lives of children from ranges of schorlaships to providing food,soap and materials to help combat ebola in west africa.These are the types of organizations we need more in the world to make it a better place for living. DA has been spectular in the job the are doing and may God help them continue to grow and do more so that at the end of the day these inspired lives can touch other lives.

Kevin99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an unforgettable experience working for Develop Africa. I had the chance to vividly understand the workings of a charity organization and how socio-economic problems are tackled overseas. Africa is dear to my heart and anything that has to do with the development of the continent captures my attention. Mr. Sylvester, who oversees the day to day running of the agency, is an affable man with a great personality. He is passionate about the development of Africa so much that he goes the extra mile to get things done. I could not have been anywhere better than volunteering for this reputable organization. After my first semester exams, i am returning to the agency to render service to humanity .

Volunteer

Rating: 4

i'm glad I had the chance to work with Sylvester on helping to design the website. I've always wanted to get involved with an educational initiative that makes a difference especially in developing countries like Africa. The same way we can improve our educational system here in the US then we can help others improve as well. I hope to continue to work with company. Keep up the good work Sylvester!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I enjoyed meeting Sylvester and learning about the goals that DAI have. I find that any program that is committed to the improvement of others is a worthy cause. I am sure that DAI will make a huge difference in the lives of the folks in Africa. God bless you all

Donor

Rating: 4

No doubt that Develop Africa is an important and successful intiative! The program is a great educational project. A blessing, indeed, and well deserved and greatly needed by the people and school systems that are helped.

Donor

Rating: 4

Develop Africa continues to do an excellent job in helping the less fortunate in Africa. The vision to assist and improve the lives of those in need has always been a passion of one of the founders who is a close friend. Develop Africa is managed by individuals with high integrity and I am confident that funds are used wisely.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DA has been working with CAPEC for some years now. It has empowered not only the children but the organization as well. I like DA for its constant support to our organization and also the link they create with different partners and individuals wishing to support our activities. I like DA for its openness, transparency, accountability and above all, its generosity. I also like DA because they are faithful to their partners and they make such they support them each year, no matter how little they can get. They are fast in responding to mails, which makes administrative work faster.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is an amazing organization; I have been in touch with this organization since 2008. I am very impress with their level of commitment, dedication and passion of helping less fortunate children in Africa. The board members also demonstrate tremendous admiration and support to other organizations in the United States and Africa that promote educational advancement for children, especially African youths. Being that I’m from Africa I understand the need for educational advance and lack of educational supplies and resources so Develop Africa mission of providing training , scholarship and support to other NGO with the same objectives is a selfless and inspirational act. The board members are highly professional and very resourceful in their efforts to empower others.

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Develop Africa has a strong and clear commitment to helping to making a visible change in Africa. I admire the transparent manner in which Develop Africa operates and handles funds. Develop Africa does not only provide funds and stays behind, they (or their volunteers) go right to the filed to see and evaluate the impact of the work the are doing.

Donor

Rating: 5

Develop Africa is a solid non-profit that is run good people. I have known the proprietors for several years now, and I wholehearted support their endeavors.