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 inJanuary 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.
We completed the farming project with some troubles. There was a drought in Mali this year and just like all other farmers, our project suffered the effects of the drought. The harvest was not the greatest because of the drought, but we have made enough harvesting to help support the children feeding. This will free up scarce resources for other programs such as health care, education etc... In addition due to the drought, food prices have increased tremendously. Currently while we are gettting ready for the next rainy season, we are growing vegetables in our garden to feed the children.
Our first harvesting of corn are here. The children have enjoyed some fresh corn. Please enjoy the pictures of them having a feast over the fresh corn.
In addition we have harvested 850 Kg of corn. This represents the orphans annual requirement of corn. This will be used to cook dinner for the children throughout the year. More harvesting in the way (peanuts, millet, and beans) and we will keep you informed. Thank you for your continued support.
As we grow these crop to feed the children, we are also creating jobs in the Samanko 2 community. This year, we hired the services of over 30 indigenous farmers.
This summer has been really eventful! Enjoy the pictures of the our own grown corb field to be used to feed the children.
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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