The children of ACFA from Bamako, Mali wish you a happy new 2015 year. Thanks to your support they are eager to continue thriving both academically and on the sport arena. We have accomplished a lot in 2014 and are looking forward to more success in 2015 thanks to your support. The first dorm is completed, and we are building annexes to allow children to move to Zorokoro in April 2015. The children enjoyed their New Year celebration at Zorokoro and enjoyed the large land they have at their disposal on the 5 acre property. School resumed on 05 Jan 2015.
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We are so grateful for your continuing support of the vulnerable children of Mali. Your mindfulness of the hungry, the sick, the homeless, the hopeless, and your concern to assist by deed, those who cry out for what most of us take for granted, is what keeps ACFA afloat. We give thanks for your support and your efforts that allow us to provide the ACFA children with food, clothes, health care, education, and skills that will allow them to be self-sufficient and to support Mali’s economic development.
Our work is only possible because of your generosity. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
Today is the United Nation’s Universal Children Day!!!! We are pleased to participate in the efforts of this year’s theme: stop violence against children. At ACFA we take children from the streets where they are exposed to violence and give them a home, health care, and an education and turn them into adults who can contribute to their country’s economic development.
Ebola is now in Bamako: the country has lost some people and hundreds are now quarantined. Our children are all safe as we’ve taken a few measures to protect them. We are using hand sanitizers, and we have limited visits to minimize exposure to uncertain conditions. The staff has also limited their travels. We have increased the frequency of our established periodic vaccination and wellness checks. We are also participating in the country’s suggested program of “all children wash their hands with soap at least 4 times a day”.
The children completed their summer programs, and have returned to school. During this summer, they’ve learned to tailor, to repair motorcycle, to excel at woodwork, and to cook. For the October reporting period, 75% of them ranked in the top 50% of their respective classes.
At Zorokoro, construction of the first dorm is completed, and it has running water. We are now installing solar electricity and the next project will be to build a kitchen and a recreation building for the children before receiving the first children by May 2015.
This quarter, the children received clothes donation from volunteers. They enjoyed choosing the favorite clothes with the right size. For the holiday season, we are privileged to use free of charge space available to ship all the clothes, shoes, books and toys donated by U.S. donors to ACFA in the past few months.
Our work is only possible because of your generosity. To learn more about us and to support our everyday efforts, please visit: http://acfacorp.org/en/. Please celebrate the U.N. Universal Children Day by donating to ACFA at: http://www.acfacorp.org/en/donate-page-xmfrom-the-heartxm/english-categories/donation/donations.
Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
Ebola has reached Mali, but our children are doing well and we have implemented special steps to keep them from being contaminated. October is back to school time in Mali. Our children commenced the new academic year with much enthusiasm. Their summer program of skill building training went well. Some of them improved their tailoring skills, while others learned to do woodwork, motorcycle mechanics and at home cooking. This year our farm flourished so much that FDA, an advertising company in Mali, used our farm in their TV advertising of organic fertilizer, and donated to ACFA. Unfortunately, we have now been affected by the drought. Bamako went through a period of time with no rain, and that was a critical period for our farm. Please see the pictures of before and after the drought. We are still hopeful for a better return on investment than last year, it is just not going to be as much as we initially anticipated.Our work is only possible because of your generosity. Our next fundraising event will be held in Washington DC on 12 Nov 2014 at 6:00PM at Shaw’s Tavern at 520 Florida Ave., NW Washington DC 20001. Please join us to support ACFA’s projects, and allow us to continue our holistic program for the vulnerable children of Mali. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
With the beginning of the rainy season in Mali, our agricultural campaign has commenced. We have plowed the farm, sowed corn and it has sprouted. This year we are benefiting from government subsidized fertilizer, and probono agricultural technician which by the look of the farm is promising. We are hoping to get a much better return on investment this year than the years before.
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. 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.
Please donate today and help us ensure that our work continues and that the vulnerable children of Mali are afforded the holistic program that ACFA offers them. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
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