Provide Food for Mali's Vulnerable Children

 
$30,296
$13,824
Raised
Remaining
Aug 20, 2014

Summer update

Children wearing their medals
Children wearing their medals

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. A Malian renowed artist, Djeneba Seck, has promised our children to take them out to dinner. The children are very excited about this opportunity. The restaurant will also take the opportunity to give culinary and nutrition lessons to the children. More to follow when this event occurs in the near future. 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.

Diakassan in the kitchen
Diakassan in the kitchen
Zou at Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting
Zou at Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting

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Feb 24, 2014

2nd semester report

children eating at ACFA-Mali
children eating at ACFA-Mali

As they grow older, the children food consumption is also increasing. In addition to healthcare and nutritious meals, we were able to harvest 1.2 tons of corn and 50 Kg of beans from our farming project to help with our increasing food consumption. Since the beginning of the academic year in October, 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 visiting a learning center
Children visiting a learning center

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Dec 2, 2013

1st semester report

ACFA Children snacking
ACFA Children snacking

Children are doing extremely well as they move through the academic year.  Our newly designed nutritional diet has proved to be very helpful with not just the children nutrition needs but also shown less chronicle diseases than before. Additionally the school year is commencing well as we received the first report card with Diakassan ranking number 1 in her class of 44, and all but one child receiving grades above the average. 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. 

Diakassan ranked 1st in her class
Diakassan ranked 1st in her class

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Sep 3, 2013

Summer Report

Our milk supply
Our milk supply

This summer CEO Kadiatou Sidibe visited Bamako to spend some time with the children and inquire about the status of the construction of Zorokoro.  The first dorm is now at its final phase and we need help with leveling out the 5 acre of land surrounding the dorm so that the children have a safe playground.  This summer we introduced the children to Incolac, a nutritious powder whole milk available on the market in Mali.  Made from 100% pure cow’s milk this source of vitamins A and D3, calcium and 17 essential nutrients is vital to our children’s diet.  This is supplemented with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and protein alike.   Mali now has a democratically elected president who will take office on 04 Sep 2013.  Things are moving in the right direction for the country, but the vulnerable children left as a result of the last 2 years turmoil still need help.  ACFA’s answer to these events is to ensure that the Zorokoro project maintains course and stays on track to receive and support more vulnerable children. 

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 gathered for meal
Children gathered for meal

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Jun 10, 2013

Moving Forward

Children sharing a meal
Children sharing a meal

Our nutrition project supports our children well and improves as we tackle the challenges of malnutrition in Mali.  Summer has settled in Bamako.  This means that food prices have increased due to the shortage of crop during the rainy season.  The old crop is fading out and the new ones are not yet in.  Our children’s diet is periodically reviewed and adjusted to the seasonal fruits and vegetable.  In addition, we shipped more dietary supplements for their daily consumption.  Periodic physical checkups have revealed consistent equilibrium in their nutrient.

Starting at 9:00AM EDT, GlobalGiving will match up to 50%, donations of up to $1,000 made to our project.  Matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59PM EDT.  Please get your donations in early!

Please donate today.  Our work is only possible because of your generosity.  Mali’s vulnerable children are even more marginalized today due to the country’s insecurity.  Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision. 

Alassane eating breakfast
Alassane eating breakfast

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Kadiatou Sidibe

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Stafford, VA Mali

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