Education
 Mali
Project #6081

Help Educate Mali's Orphans

by A Child For All, ACFA Inc.
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Children with teacher
Children with teacher

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.  We concluded the academic year with 75% of our children passing to the next grade.  The remainder is enrolled into a special tutoring program to fill the gap that we identified when the children transferred from public school to private school.  This summer, the children also started their skill building education.  Adama and Lassine commenced the tailoring school and we are working on setting up a wood sculpture school in the next few month.  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. 

Adama at Zorokoro
Adama at Zorokoro

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Children doing Homework
Children doing Homework

The children are getting ready for the end of the year exams.  While the change from public to private school was a challenge this year, the extra-curricular classes and additional tutors that we hired to help the children in their transition came to fruition.  We have seen a dramatic improvement in the performance of 80% of the children who had faced the toughest challenges.  We are continuing to work with the special tutors to achieve even more success and turn better results by the end of the academic year. 

Starting at 9:00AM EDT on June 12th, GlobalGiving will match up to 50%, donations of up to $1,000 made to our project.  Matching will last until funds run out or until 11:59PM EDT.  Please get your donations in early!

Please donate Wednesday June 12th.  Our work is only possible because of your generosity.  Mali’s vulnerable children are even more marginalized today due to the country’s insecurity.  Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision. 

Children in classroom
Children in classroom

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children doing homework at the orphanage
children doing homework at the orphanage

With your continued support our children are striving every day.  The children are adjusting to the change environment from the public school system to the private school system.  This new challenge had initially led to some setbacks, which the children have quickly surmounted.  Success rates are astonishingly positive.  Koro, has come up to the top of her class and Diakassan who had never had the chance to attend school ranked number 4 on her first ever report card.  We care closing the gap for these children thanks to your support.  Our children currently study on the floor at home (see pictures).  Our biggest challenge now is to afford them tables and chairs so that they can study in better conditions.  Thank you for helping us help them.  

Chidren drawing and coloring at the orphanage
Chidren drawing and coloring at the orphanage

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Well digging operations
Well digging operations

Mali is at war for over a week now, but our children have hope because they know that you are with them.  Indeed, ACFA children are doing well and they are continuing with the school, and other activities.  Living in one of the poorest countries of the world, families are struggling even more: lack of resources has rendered a difficult situation even more dire.  The most vulnerable children have faith because of you. 

Thanks to your support, there is hope.  Indeed our expansion project has commenced with our water well digging which was successfully completed this week.  Next, we will be constructing our dorm:  this will allow us to double the number of children that we support by Jun 2013.  We are there with Mali, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Thank you for your continued support.

Children at play on site
Children at play on site

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Children in front of their new class
Children in front of their new class

The children are adapting to their new private school.  The adjustment took a couple of months, but the December results are promising, with most children progressing in an upward direction.  Three of our children ranked in the top 20% of their classes.  We are implementing a mentoring system with university students.    Thanks to our challenge from the Segal Family Foundation we were able to raise enough funds and are able to commence the construction of Zorokoro Children Complex.  We thank all of our donors for their continued support.  This expansion project will allow us to accommodate more than 100 children, while having a school from grade 1 to 9, a medical facility, a library and computer lab as well as an outdoor and indoor sports and cultural facilities. 

Children in their new classroom
Children in their new classroom

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A Child For All, ACFA Inc.

Location: Stafford, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.acfacorp.org
Project Leader:
Kadiatou Sidibe
CEO-Founder
Stafford, VA United States

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