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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

62 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.