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 email@example.com.
Due to drought this year in Mali, food prices have exponentially increased. Additionally because of a war which broke out in the north of Mali this January and still continuing, logistical problems have made transportation of crop and other food products difficult. The war has also led to an increase in the number of vulnerable children on the streets of Bamako. Over 30,000 individuals have been displaced from their homes, often leaving behind their children unattended. We are working with the government entities to ensure placement of displaced parents’ children. Finally, do not miss the children’s role play posted on our website. It depicts the conditions that they were living in prior to arrival at ACFA, and how their lives have been changed by your generosity.
ACFA-Mali's children commenced the academic year on 03 Dec 2011. The children took summer classes dramatic art classes. As a result they produced a sketch that explains how important education is for children. Adama Traore, the oldest child who is 9,stated that he is grateful for the support that he is getting at ACFA-Mali, and that he is now given the opportunity to attend school and will study hard to become "a Mali President one day". That is a hope that we have been able to instill in the children, thanks to your support.
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