The children of ACFA from Bamako, Mali wish you a happy new 2015 year. Thanks to your support they are eager to continue thriving both academically and on the sport arena. We have accomplished a lot in 2014 and are looking forward to more success in 2015 thanks to your support. The first dorm is completed, and we are building annexes to allow children to move to Zorokoro in April 2015. The children enjoyed their New Year celebration at Zorokoro and enjoyed the large land they have at their disposal on the 5 acre property. School resumed on 05 Jan 2015.
Ebola has reached Mali, but our children are doing well and we have implemented special steps to keep them from being contaminated. October is back to school time in Mali. Our children commenced the new academic year with much enthusiasm. Their summer programs included both academic and skill building training. This summer’s academic program was built to give the children a head start on this academic year. Last year 85% of our children passed to the next grade level. This year our goal is to increase that performance.. Their summer skill building program included tailoring, woodwork, motorcycle mechanics and at home cooking. Our work is only possible because of your generosity. Our next fund raising event will be held in Washington DC on 12 Nov 2014 from 6PM to 8 PM at Shaw’s Tavern at 520 Florida Ave. Washington DC 20001. Please continue to support ACFA’s projects, and allow us to continue our holistic program for the vulnerable children of Mali. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
In jun, the children completed this academic year with flying colors. 85 % of our children are passing to the next grade, this is an improvement from last year’s 75% admission rate to the next grade. The greatest satisfaction is that 2 (Salle and Bilie) of our 3 worse students from last academic year were amongst the best in their respective classes this year. Though the 3rd did not reach that level of excellence, she did make remarkable progress and is passing to the next level. This summer extra classes include the introduction of next academic year courses so that the children have a head start for next year. This is being conducted with 2 very experienced instructors. This summer, in addition to the tailoring we added 3 more vocational training: motorcycle repair shop training and wood working training for the boys and culinary training for the girls.
This summer 3 of our children were admitted to the youth Malian Federation of basketball, and 2 of those 3 are currently playing in the youth championship of Bamako. The 3rd did not get to participate this year because of a broken leg, but will next year. 3 others received taekwondo medals (1 gold and 2 silver) during Bamako’s championship. 5 children passed to the next belt during this year’s Bamako’s Taekwondo’s tournament.
In April we were blessed with site visit in Bamako from Director Andy from the Segal Family Foundation, and we were able to show him the operations. In Jul, our Director of Operations in Bamako, attended the Segal Family Foundation’s annual meeting in Arusha, Tanzania. What a collaborative and learning opportunity that was!!! His overall impressions were outstanding. This opportunity allowed him to discover other operations on the continent, and discuss with other leaders confronted to similar challenges, network with other nonprofit leaders and learn from each others’ experience, understand donors’ requirements, re-energized with regards to goals, and more deeply understand human resources requirements. Please donate today and help us ensure that our work continues and that the vulnerable children of Mali are afforded the security of the holistic program that ACFA offers them. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
The children commenced the academic year in October, eager to learn and improve their academic capabilities. Since then, out of 3 reporting period, one of our little girls, Diakassan, ranked twice first in her class of 44, with a GPA of over 8 out of 10 both times. Additionally, Adama and Lassine have commenced the skill building with tailoring classes. Finally, in the sport arena, 3 of our children, Diakassan, Koro, and Assan, are retained to participate in Bamako’s regional competition. The year was ended with a visit to Bamako by one of our board of directors, Alpha, who spent Christmas and New Year with the children in Bamako.
Please donate today and help us ensure that our work continues and that the vulnerable children of Mali are afforded the security of the holistic program that ACFA offers them. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
Children are doing extremely well as they move through the academic year. The school year is commencing well as we received the first report card. The summary of this reporting period is the following: (1) Diakassan ranking number 1 in her class of 44 with a GPA of 8.75 out of 10, and all but one child received grades above the average. As a result of our special program to support the 4 children who were having trouble with the private school adjustment, 3 of them have now adjusted, and we are working on the last one with our special tutor. We are proud to announce that our children continue to strive thanks to your continued support. Thank you very much, and please do not hesitate to contact our CEO if you have any questions.
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