| Dec 29, 2023
Gratitude for a remarkable year
We have been most fortunate this year as ACFA continued to grow in many ways.
ACFA is continuing to work towards our vision of environmental sustainability. ACFA has a farm that has been dormant. Thanks to a donation, the farm now has a well and we are hoping to be able to fund fencing for the eventual use for livestock and crops. The farm will not only help feed the children, but can be used to raise money by selling products at the market and also provide training opportunities for the children. At the Zorokoro Children’s Complex we have been expanding the garden there by planting trees and vegetables. The children help daily by tending the beds and sheep. They were so excited to pick the first crop of cucumbers in November, and now the garden is producing eggplant, lettuce and more!
We opened the new school year at the ACFA Zorokoro Children’s Complex this fall with 100 children! In addition to the ACFA children, we also provide education to children from surrounding villages. We now have lower, middle, and upper sections of kindergarten, 1st grade, and for the first time ever, a 2nd grade. We hired 3 new teachers and bought supplies for our expanded school size. We also feed all the students at the school. Our ACFA family at the Complex grew with the addition of three new 5 year old boys in November. This puts us at 25 children, which is our current capacity for housing. The older children in Bamako continue their schooling or vocational training, and are moving towards independence learning life skills such as budgeting, how to save money, and responsibility for one’s self.
Other exciting news is the completion of the construction of the ACFA Community Library and Computer lab. This was generously funded by B2Gold and will benefit not only the children at ACFA, but the entire community. We plan to hold English, literacy and computer classes that will be open to the public. We also plan to have a culture corner” where we can share about different cultures from the United States and Mali including music and dance, as well as storytelling.
Another addition to the ACFA Zorokoro Children’s Complex this fall was the installation of a new basketball Court! 1001 ASAP and CD13 collaborated to fund our basketball court at Zorokoro. This is the first step to having a sports complex at the Zorokoro Children’s Complex.
Please consider donating to ACFA today to support our continued growth and enable more vulnerable children to receive what all children deserve: care, safety, and opportunity. Thank you for your generous and continued support of ACFA.