Develop Africa Inc

Changing Lives, Nations and Destinies

aka Develop Africa   |   Johnson City, TN   |  http://www.developafrica.org

Mission

Develop Africa strategically empowers lives in Africa by providing educational opportunities and strengthening self-reliance so that individuals, families, and communities can create positive change in their own lives. We provide school supplies, scholarships, solar lights (so kids can study at night), mosquito nets (to keep children safe from malaria), computer/vocational training etc. We additionally provide microfinance loans, orphan care, and disaster relief. This helps them become self-sufficient and rise above the poverty line. When individuals and families are strengthened, they can contribute towards community, national and international progress.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are passionate about building up the people of Africa, and participating in the improvement of their communities. And, we are grateful for the support from our donors, the work of our staff, and the positive development of Africa and it's people.

Ruling year info

2006

Principal Officer

Sylvester K Renner

Main address

1906 Knob Creek Road Suite 3

Johnson City, TN 37604 USA

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EIN

20-3836551

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Educational Development (Q34)

Employment Training (J22)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Unfortunately, gaining a proper education is challenging for impoverished or underprivileged families in Africa. The quality of education that children receive is affected to a very large degree by the supporting environment. This environment includes access to essential learning materials - books and school supplies. According to UNESCO of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of educational exclusion. Over one-fifth of children between the ages of about 6 and 11 are out of school, followed by one-third of youth between the ages of about 12 and 14. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school. And, across the region, 9 million girls between the ages of about 6 and 11 will never go to school at all. Consequently, many children are forced to drop out of school because of financial hardships or inadequate funds.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Computer Training Program

This program focuses on providing access to technological facilities and the necessary training that will empower the disadvantaged, making them better qualified, and more productive individuals in their communities. Children, youths, and adults are provided with basic training in the use of computers, the Internet, and office applications – such as word processing and spreadsheets.
 
This program is helping to bridge the digital divide by providing access to the training and enabling competence regarding computer technology.

Population(s) Served

Providing a quality education to children reflects the fact that every child is entitled to fundamental human rights and should be treated with dignity. Where children lack access to education, this results in poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and other undesirable results. Poverty and its related challenges contribute to high drop out rates. Therefore, one of the goals of Develop Africa is to create opportunities for promising but impoverished African children and youths

Population(s) Served

This project provides important training, finances and support to ensure that small businesses succeed.  Small businesses receive interest-free loans that they can use to start or grow their businesses. Participants also are trained in best practices to ensure success. Additionally, they receive peer-to-peer coaching that provides a support network - promoting progress.

Population(s) Served

This program provides vital school and teaching supplies to schools.  It directly supports education by providing the much-needed elements to support and reinforce teaching and learning. Provision of these essential building block items enhance learning and strengthen educational systems.

Population(s) Served

This program helps to prevent the incidence of malaria by providing insecticide-treated nets to individuals and families. Mosquito nets are a proven preventive method as they eliminate exposure to mosquito bites at the most vulnerable time of the day; at night when people are asleep.

Population(s) Served

Due to Africa's growing population and the corresponding increase in the population of employable youths, unemployment has steadily been on the rise over the years, reaching a record high of 71 million unemployed youths (International Labor Organization, 2017).

Because of the mismatch between available jobs and the total number of employable youths, the issue of unemployment has become a constant phenomenon in most African countries.

Develop Africa is addressing the skill-deficit problem by providing vital training in tailoring and other related skills. Skills are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery, and sustainable development. The trainees are able to learn a marketable and relevant skill.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Computer Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Providing a quality education to children reflects the fact that every child is entitled to fundamental human rights and should be treated with dignity. Where children lack access to education, this results in poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and other undesirable results. Poverty and its related challenges contribute to high drop out rates. Therefore, one of the goals of Develop Africa is to create opportunities for promising but impoverished African children and youths. Educated teenage women are less likely to marry early and become very young mothers. Educated people are less likely to fall victim to a preventable disease. Through education, young people can learn how to maintain their own health, which will, in turn, be less of a burden to their community.

Based on our research, observations and user surveys, below are the principal areas that we are strategically and enthusiastically targeting/involved in:

Access to essential learning materials - books, school supplies and teaching supplies.

Scholarships - to cover costs of school uniforms, shoes and other school-related expenses.

Solar lights - help kids safely study at night.

Adolescent Sexual Health Education, teenage pregnancy prevention and encouraging families to keep their girls in school (delay marriage).

Mosquito nets to keep kids safe - proactively reducing threat and prevalence of malaria. Providing mosquito nets helps to keep the kids healthy - so they can learn. This is important given that kids could lose 5 to 10 days a year due to malaria.

Providing supplemental education in areas that are in high demand - such as computer training.

Technical and Vocational Training - such as tailoring, hairdressing, etc.

Leadership Training: This helps ensure that children and youths grow up to be model citizens. This helps instill a sense of purpose and develops forward-thinking leaders. The training helps prepare citizens who are patriotic, knowledgeable about the importance of making quality decisions and passionate about leading their families, communities, and nations

Mentoring support helps encourage kids to stay in school and succeed. This includes after-school educational coaching programs where students who are weak can receive the additional support that they need.

Microfinance funds and business support: This helps families become self-sufficient and move out of poverty. Parents are better able to take care of their kids and cover school-related expenses on their own.

We have trained and qualified staff personnel that are knowledgeable on the local needs and community lifestyle of the beneficiaries. We periodically consult with other non profit organizations and industry experts globally.

The Board of Directors is well-balanced and represents various sectors of the society, reflecting and complementing key focus areas.

Develop Africa has established and currently run 2 computer labs - providing basic computer training to hundreds of students each year. In partnership with local partners, hundreds of young ladies have received tailoring training. We have provided teaching and school supplies to hundreds of thousands of childen and over 46 schools in 5 countries. We are very excited about the difference we have made and look forward to expanding our impact in the future.

Financials

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Develop Africa Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sylvester Renner

No affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2022

Avis Dillard-Bullock

Cecelia English

Asongayi Venard

Phillip Sholes

Beth Pope

Sylvester Renner

No Affiliation

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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