Provide Food for Mali's Vulnerable Children

 
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ACFA Children at the park
ACFA Children at the park

Because of the military coup, war, drought, and outbreak of preventable diseases, over 400,000 Malians are now displaced internally and in neighboring countries.  The war has added to the country’s food and nutritional crises.  Added to these matters is the high spike of food prices.  According to the government, 31% of Mali population is at risk of food insecurity.  The lack of nutritious meals is prevailing in the refugee camps.  The children of course are the most vulnerable.  Though our children have 3 meals a day and nutritional supplement available to them, because of the crisis, there are more children in need. 

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Diakassan Coulibaly
Diakassan Coulibaly

In September, at ACFA-Mali, we welcomed our newest child, Diakassan Coulibaly. Diakassan is 8 years old and had never attended any schools before coming to ACFA. Since her arrival, we've gotten Diakassan and birth certificate and she started school with the rest of the children on 25 Sep. To avoid the academic disruptions of last year, this year we enrolled our children in private schools. After a week, I discussed with the children and they are extremely happy and exited with the new school. They went from 100 students per teacher to 15 students per teacher. We are confident that this year's academic results will be even better than last year's.

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Children enjoying donated blankets
Children enjoying donated blankets

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.

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Children Enjoying Some Gifts
Children Enjoying Some Gifts

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.

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ACFA children going to English class
ACFA children going to English class

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 kadiatou@acfacorp.org.

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Kadiatou Sidibe

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Stafford, VA Mali

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