ACFA-Mali's year is progressing well. The farm that we cultivate to feed the children is much promising this year. As opposed to last year where the Sahel drought affected our return on investment, this year looks much better. Our project provides not just food for the children but also sustainable option to ACFA and providing jobs for the community where our farm is, Samanko 2. The children all finished their academic year with outstanding grades of 7 out of 10 and above. Despite the difficulties associated with the social, political and economic turmoil created by a military coup in Mar 2012, and rebels and Islamic Extremists taking over 2/3rd of the country, ACFA is thriving and the children are all passing to the next grade in their respective schools.
To avoid missed classes as experienced this year, we have plans to enroll the children into private schools next academic year. This summer the children are keeping engaged with drama and plastic arts classes at the Institute National Des Arts of Bamako. On Jun 23rd, two significant events occurred: Saleh Sinayoko passed to the yellow belt in Karate, and ACFA-Mali celebrated its 2nd anniversary. Indeed it was on 23 Jun 2010 that the first children arrived at ACFA-Mali. Now, more than ever, in the war torn country of Mali, the need for services to vulnerable children is increasing. ACFA-Mali has reached the full capacity of the current location. We need assistance in financing our new building which can take up to 100 vulnerable children.
Friday 25 May is Africa Day! We’d like to give you an update on Mali’s unrest. After a brief relief from the Sunday's accord between the Junta and ECOWAS to maintain the civilian president for a one year transition, things headed up again in Bamako.
The president was attacked and the presidential palace was vandalized on Monday. The country is trying to stick to following the constitution and the international community is supporting such a determination. In addition to the political and social unrest, the problem is that half of the country still remains in the hands of rebels/Islamist extremists. Over 150,000 people have been displaced, schools disturbed, and children are being recruited by the Islamist extremists in the north of the country.
On a bright side, the continent is celebrating the Africa Day this Friday on 25 May 2012. Despite the turmoil in the country, thanks to your support, ACFA-Mali’s children are doing OK, and continue their schools and sports. We would like to encourage you to consider donating to the cause of Mali’s vulnerable children. Thank you for all the support to ACFA.
Dear supporters of ACFA,As you may be aware from the news reports, and as supporters of ACFA operations based in Mali, I feel it necessary to inform you that Mali has been troubled over the last few months. Commencing in January 2012, rebels have engaged the country's military into war in the north of Mali. As of now, estimates have over 175,000 Malians displaced in both the country itself, and neighboring countries. The situation has deteriorated the past few days in the culmination of a military coup in Bamako last week.
ACFA's children are doing fine. They are located about 4 miles from Bamako where the events occurred. Currently, they are enjoying spring break. We canceled their extracurricular activities such as karate, basketball, math, English and French classes. Although there is still no government established in the country, as of yesterday, offices have resumed functions. With the rest of the country, ACFA children resumed their basketball and English classes today. They will remain on spring break until Monday 02 April 2012.Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you informed. In the meantime should you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact our CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school year started rough in Mali. The teachers were on strike for over half of the reporting period. We made an arrangement with the school’s director to have our children be transferred to another school where teachers where not on strike. Because of this initiative, our children were able to normally continue their schooling. The first semester completed well in December and the children all passed their exams with flying colors. The extracurricular classes were not affected by the strikes. Due to these issues and the uncertainty of the education system’s reliability, we made a decision to have our children attend private school next academic year. The children had the pleasure of spending Christmas with the Harris’ who have brought them gifts and volunteered at the orphanage this year.
The children of ACFA-Mali have received 4 sisters- Yes indeed, 4 girls have joined ACFA-Mali since last academic year. School commenced on 03 October 2011. In addition to their regular public school, the children have also started their extra curricular, French, Math, English classes. They have produced a dramatic art sketch that we will be posting on our web site in the near future.
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