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...
Mar 18, 2016

Update from Bamako

Children in Taekwondo Ceremony
Children in Taekwondo Ceremony

Dear ACFA Friends,

The children had no heath problems this quarter. Our taekwondo children are doing outstanding: three of our girls earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the Bamako tournament. Two of our children are now in secondary school and they ranked very high in their respective classes. The elementary students are also doing well. ACFA received one intern from the American International School in Bamako who worked with the children on several projects such as drawing, arts and crafts, and English tutoring sessions. In Mar, our basketball players went to play a tournament in Sikasso, Mali’s 3rd region, and earned a bronze medal.  In the U.S., this month we will welcome our new fundraising and administrative associate: more to follow on this project in our next report.

Going to Sikasso
Going to Sikasso
New Year
New Year's Party
Educational Project
Educational Project

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Mar 18, 2016

Update from Bamako

Taekwondo Ceremony
Taekwondo Ceremony

Dear ACFA Friends,

 

The children had no heath problems this quarter. Our taekwondo children are doing outstanding: three of our girls earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the Bamako tournament. Two of our children are now in secondary school and they ranked very high in their respective classes. The elementary students are also doing well. ACFA received one intern from the American International School in Bamako who worked with the children on several projects such as drawing, arts and crafts, and English tutoring sessions.  In Mar, our basketball players went to play a tournament in Sikasso, Mali’s 3rd region, and earned a bronze medal.  In the U.S., this month we will welcome our new fundraising and administrative associate: more to follow on this project in our next report.

New Year Celebration
New Year Celebration
An educational project
An educational project
Sikasso Trip
Sikasso Trip

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Dec 22, 2015

Happy New Year from Bamako

Board member Alexis with kids
Board member Alexis with kids

Dear ACFA Friends,

Let me take this opportunity to share the story of Koro with you. Koro arrived to ACFA in Jun 2010, and when the first meal was served after her arrival, she took the entire dish and ran with it: in her mind, she was trying to secure the next meal as from experience, before arriving to ACFA, she did not experience 2 meals in a row, if there is breakfast, there is no lunch, if there is lunch there is no dinner. Two months later, Koro told me she wanted to be a TV reporter; A year later, Koro ranked number 1 in her class of 100 students, and in 2014, Koro earned her blue belt in Taekwondo. Koro may not be a TV reporter yet, but we’ve helped her have a dream, and now we need to help her achieve that dream.

A week ago, ACFA held its annual fundraising, in Washington DC. As the Mali Ambassador stated: the room was full of love: love for the children, love for the country, love for human kind. Special thanks to all of our supporters who have given to us throughout the years. If you haven’t yet donate and would like to do so, it is not too late. All donations are tax deductible.

 This week ACFA’s children in Bamako completed their first semester for school year 2015-2016. They won their basketball and Taekwondo games. We are hiring a fundraising and operations assistant at the beginning of 2016 to help us strategize our fundraising portfolio.

The 20 November extremists attacked on a hotel in Bamako was frightening, but our children are doing well and continue to thrive. We at ACFA have no choice but to adapt, because these children’s lives depend on us. ACFA is working to support the vulnerable children of Mali through education, sport, health care and shelter.

As we close the year, we wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Maouloud and a Very Happy New 2016 year.

Kids at teakwood
Kids at teakwood

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