A Child For All, ACFA Inc.

ACFA's vision is " a Mali where all children are afforded the tools necessary for a successful future." We march towards that vision by executing our mission: " to provides Mali's vulnerable children a safe and loving environment which fosters their health, learning, happiness, and success." ACFA was founded from the personal experience of its founder, Kadiatou F. Sidibe, who was separated from her mother from age 3 to 26 and was raised by a single father in Bamako, Mali. Our goal is to turn risk into opportunities. We take street vulnerable children exposed to drug, prostitution, robbery, criminal activities, and give them a home with caring staff, food, heal...
Dec 19, 2016

Happy Holidays From Bamako

Diakassan, Kadiatou and Astan with their Gold Meda
Diakassan, Kadiatou and Astan with their Gold Meda

Happy Holidays from Bamako!!!! Your ACFA-Mali children are closing the year in prowess!!! 3 of our girls, Diakassan, Kadiatou and Astan received Gold Medals in the Mali Taekwondo Federation competitions. Additionally, 5 of our children passed to the next belt in Taekwondo: Kadiatou, Saley, Bily and Astant obtained blue belt 2nd level and Diakassan obtained red belt. Finally, Diakassan and Korotoumou continue their training with the Mali National League.

In November, ACFA_Mali had the pleasure of hosting members of the American Bar Association, ABA Rules, who were visiting Bamako. They were pleased and according to Betsy: “I was delighted to visit ACFA and see firsthand the difference it is making in these children’s lives.” 

 This quarter ACFA-Mali also was visited by ACFA’s board member, Alpha, who had the opportunity to visit Zorokoro site as well as spend some time with the children. Alpha stated that: “If all children had the opportunities offered by ACFA, our world would be a much better place; Whenever I see ACFA’s children, I am filled with pride of being part of this wonderful journey, and we won’t rest until the children reach their full potential.

 ACFA also received in kind donations from individuals from Mali as well as the US. Leah Henderson and Fatoumata Sissoko both donated food, and school supplies to the children this quarter.

 The staff participated in numerous conferences and trainings pertaining to vulnerable children and how to support different facets of their growth and development.

This holiday season, as we close 2016, we take this time to thank you for your ongoing financial and moral support, and to introduce you to our “new beginning”. Indeed, since we have completed phase 1 of Zorokoro Complex, we are ready to select the next set of children the lives of whom you will be changing with your support. Please donate today to contribute to your new operations in Zorokoro!

 From the bottom of their hearts, your children wish you a Joyous Holiday Season: Peace and Happiness! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2017.

ACFA-Mali Children with Alpha
ACFA-Mali Children with Alpha
ACFA-Mali Children with Betsy
ACFA-Mali Children with Betsy

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Dec 19, 2016

Happy Holidays from Bamako

Diakassan, Kadiatou & Astan with their Gold Medal
Diakassan, Kadiatou & Astan with their Gold Medal

Happy Holidays from Bamako!!!! Your ACFA-Mali children are closing the year in prowess!!! 3 of our girls, Diakassan, Kadiatou and Astan received Gold Medals in the Mali Taekwondo Federation competitions. Additionally, 5 of our children passed to the next belt in Taekwondo: Kadiatou, Saley, Bily and Astant obtained blue belt 2nd level and Diakassan obtained red belt. Finally, Diakassan and Korotoumou continue their training with the Mali National League.

In November, ACFA_Mali had the pleasure of hosting members of the American Bar Association, ABA Rules, who were visiting Bamako. They were pleased and according to Betsy: “I was delighted to visit ACFA and see firsthand the difference it is making in these children’s lives.” 

 This quarter ACFA-Mali also was visited by ACFA’s board member, Alpha, who had the opportunity to visit Zorokoro site as well as spend some time with the children. Alpha stated that: “If all children had the opportunities offered by ACFA, our world would be a much better place; Whenever I see ACFA’s children, I am filled with pride of being part of this wonderful journey, and we won’t rest until the children reach their full potential.

 ACFA also received in kind donations from individuals from Mali as well as the US. Leah Henderson and Fatoumata Sissoko both donated food, and school supplies to the children this quarter.

 The staff participated in numerous conferences and trainings pertaining to vulnerable children and how to support different facets of their growth and development.

This holiday season, as we close 2016, we take this time to thank you for your ongoing financial and moral support, and to introduce you to our “new beginning”. Indeed, since we have completed phase 1 of Zorokoro Complex, we are ready to select the next set of children the lives of whom you will be changing with your support. Please donate today to contribute to your new operations in Zorokoro!

 From the bottom of their hearts, your children wish you a Joyous Holiday Season: Peace and Happiness! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2017.

ACFA-Mali Children with Alpha
ACFA-Mali Children with Alpha
ACFA-Mali Children with Betsy
ACFA-Mali Children with Betsy

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Sep 21, 2016

Summer update

Children at iNerd graduation
Children at iNerd graduation

This summer Diakassan, Kadiatou, Awa and Korotoumou spent several weeks in an innovative STEM camp called iNERDE. This camp aims to help African youths discover their potential in STEM fields and other modern fields that require technical literacy. Only a few schools partner with iNERDE, and we feel very fortunate to have our children participate! They embraced this opportunity for innovative thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

 The children also engaged in vocational training over the summer, with Adama & Lassine learning carving and engraving, Fousseyne and Allassane practicing carpentry, and Bille and Salle becoming versed in auto mechanics. Sports activities rounded out the children’s time off, with four of the kids practicing for basketball championships, while Korotoumou et Diakassan continued to train with the national Tae Kwon Do team.

 In August the children received a visit from U.S. Embassy Bamako personnel, who brought gifts of food and supplies. We are grateful to the U.S. Marine Corps Embassy Security Group, which sponsored the visit and generous donations. The Americans enjoyed a tour of ACFA’s facility and were introduced one by one to each child. The kids treated them to a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, which prompted one of the Marines to observe: "Watching the Tae Kwon Do demonstration was very impressive. We joked about allowing the girls to use us as dummies for their demo before it started, but after three seconds in, we were all glad that we didn’t! I hope they continue their progress; they are all very talented." 

 Our children continue to thrive and grow in amazing ways, thanks to your kind support! We are honored and humbled to witness the profound transformation in each child’s life. Thank you for being a part of the ACFA family!

Children at Taekwondo
Children at Taekwondo
Diakassan demontration
Diakassan demontration

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