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.
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Our harvest has been completed and we made a better harvest than last year: we collected 1.2 tons of corn and 50Kg of beans for the children consumption. Additionally, Zorokoro project is moving along: the fence is now completed and we are in the process of installing doors to the fence. We need funding to finish the first dorm after the fence is completed: the completion will consist of the toilettes and piping installation. The children will be ready to move into their new home this summer. 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 holistic program that ACFA offers them. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.
Our farming and Zorokoro Children Complex projects are well progressing. We are currently harvesting the corn, which is our biggest harvest as it supports the children throughout the entire year providing for their morning and evening meals. Additionally, constructions continue in Zorokoro where the first dorm is almost complete and the construction of the fence has commenced. Due to funding shortage we incurred a short break of 2 weeks, but we resumed the construction this week. 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.
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. While Zorokoro construction is advancing, we also have started the plowing of our farm, the harvest of which feed the children. Below is a picture of our corn field. In addition to the corn, we also cultivate beans, and peanuts. Rainy season is promising and we are hoping to have a better harvest this year. 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.
Your contribution is at work!!!!!! Construction of the first dorm at Zorokoro is almost complete. We are on track for a June 2013 completion of our new dorm which will allow us to double the number of supported children. In the meantime, we are also getting ready for our farming season. Work is well underway to prepare the farm to receive the seeds at the drop of the first rain. This year we will be growing corn, millet, beans and peanuts.
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