May 23, 2019

Mid year report

Pictures of sheeps donated to ACFA
Pictures of sheeps donated to ACFA

In February, Diakassan’s participation in the African Championship in Algeria resulted in her wining prizes and awards.  In the meantime, our basketball children, Adama and Lassine, participated in numerous competitions and sport camps in Bamako.  

Our staff participated in trainings provided by the Direction Nationale de la Promotion de la Femme et de l’Enfant as well as our psychologist training to face adolescent challenges and children exploitation.  These trainings will serve ACFA and our children for years to come. 

The second semester in Mali commenced fierce with exams and while we are awaiting the results, we are confident that our children did well: more to follow as we get those results.  

In Mar our director, Kadiatou Sidibe, visited Mali with donors around the world.  She also participated in meetings with existing donors. As a result, we are now poised to commence construction of our new school in Zorokoro.  Additionally, one supporter donated 2 sheeps to ACFA to start ACFA’s livestock program. Stay tuned for more info and updates about the construction and the livestock program.   

 One challenge that we have this quarter is the need for a new solar panel at Zorokoro.  We are in a quick campaign to raise $800.  Please consider donating today towards our solar panel that will provide power so the children can have running water from the well. Thank you for your support.

Donor playing soccer with kids
Donor playing soccer with kids

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Mar 26, 2019

Save the Date! April 8-12 Matching Campaign

Thank you for supporting Diakassan at ACFA’s Children’s Home in Bamako!

Last year she wowed us by winning the bronze medal in fencing at the 2018 African Youth Games in Algeria.

Now in 7th grade, Diakassan continues in her superb athletic performance, and also excels in school. For the first quarter of this school year, she received the extraordinary overall average grade of 16.  In the Malian system of grades from 0-20, a grade of 10 is average and top students usually achieve between 13-15. Diaskassan has improved more than we could have imagined, since coming to the ACFA home at age 7, unable to read or write.

We did not raise enough to cover her care for the year, and we ask you to please consider a small contribution towards the cost of her meals, education, sports, healthcare, etc. ACFA runs on a very lean budget, requiring only $3000 to care for a child for one year.

A matching campaign is coming up from April 8-12: every donation up to $50 will be matched at 60% by GlobalGiving. (If you give $20 that week, we receive $32 for Diakassan. If you give $50, we receive $80.) Please don't miss this opportunity to amplify your donation!

Be sure to follow us on facebook to keep up with the latest from Mali. ACFA hopes to continue growing its programs to serve more vulnerable children like Diakassan.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for caring and supporting the children however you can.

Feb 25, 2019

End of semester report

Diakassan with her medal
Diakassan with her medal

In December, Diakassan and Billy participated in a Fencing competition and received both silver medals and monetary award. Diakassan’s performance in fencing led to her selection to represent Mali in the African Championship in Algeria in Feb 2019.  More to follow as the completion results start to trickle in. In school also, she is thriving: she received a whooping GPA of over 16, ranking in the top 5% of the country.  

 In December, two members of ACFA board of directors accompanied by CEO Kadiatou visited Mali to assess operations and to meet with numerous donors and government officials. The children are doing extremely well and continue to thrive in both their academic, extra curricular, vocational trainings, and sport venues.  

 The team noted the need to open Zorokoro in 2019 in order to receive 25 more children.  To do this, we need to raise an operating budget $35,000. Every donation help us achieve the mission that we have set for ourselves.  

 To ensure that our children are not behind their peers in school, we’ve enrolled  our two new high school children, Adama and Lassine, into special computer science classes.  They’ve loved the courses and are very much interested in continuing in the Science subject. 

 Our coordination with our psychologist and other on the ground organizations, led to the establishment of a special curriculum to support our growing children’s sexual education needs.  This has proved already to be a success based on the feedback from both the staff and the children themselves.  

 Thank you for your support and the opportunity that you give us to continue our mission of brining hope to Mali’s vulnerable children. 

ACFA board members meet ACFA's children
ACFA board members meet ACFA's children
ACFA's board members meet Mali Prime Minister
ACFA's board members meet Mali Prime Minister

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