Board member Alexis with kids
Dear Friends of ACFA,
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 taekwondo