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.
After an exciting summer full of activities (classroom sessions, arts and crafts, field trips,et...) , the children are getting ready for the school opening. Enjoy a couple of performing arts pictures.
Last week, ACFA-Mali celebrated its first year anniversary. Indeed it was only a year ago, on 23 Jun 2010, that Lassine and Adama Traore arrived at ACFA-Mali in search of hope. And hope they, and those who followed them, have found, thanks to your continued support. Thank you! In fact, June has been a very busy month at ACFA-Mali with the following:
1. The children completed their academic year and are passing with flying colors to their respective next grade level;
2. ACFA-Mali was blessed with the arrival of two additional girls, both orphans;
3. The agricultural campaign has started to grow food to be used to feed the children;
4. The children celebrated ACFA-Mali’s 1st anniversary on 23 Jun;
5. They participated in the celebration of the African Child Day with the government and other children organizations
6. We have arranged for their summer activities: theatrical art, drawing, musical instrument learning, etc.. and they are ready to commence this in July.
Unfortunately, we do have a challenge that we are currently facing: rain water is entering the children’s home (see attached pictures). It will cost us $956.67 to fix the yard so that water does not run into the house. You have the opportunity to make your donations go even further now. Our partner organization is matching 100% donations made to ACFA. So please consider donating to ACFA now, so that your funds will be multiplied and we can fix the children’s house yard. Thank for your continued support.
PS: Our Annual Report is now available on our web site. Enjoy reading the accomplishments that you have made possible.
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