Children
 Mali
Project #7253

Provide Food for Mali's Vulnerable Children

by A Child For All, ACFA Inc.
Board member Alexis with kids
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
Kids at taekwondo

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Children receiving gifts
Children receiving gifts

In October ACFA-Mali’s children started the academic year. The first report cards are in and promising for the end of the year results. On 20 Nov, a terrorist attack occurred in a hotel in Bamako, but our children are doing well. This is why ACFA’s work is paramount, we are getting children from the streets and giving them a home and an education that will prevent them from being target to terrorist groups’ recruitment. We have also harvested our corn for the year and are pleased to report that this year was better than last year. The children benefited from the support of Orange Mali Foundation which donated rice, millet, oil, powder milk, etc… Coach Jamal donated mattresses to ACFA-Mali’s children. Mali Djigui donated medications to ACFA-Mali Chidlren. An Bilou Togouna donated electronic educational material to ACFA-Mali’s children. On 12 December, ACFA will host a joint fundraising with African Sky in the DC area. We are also continuing our construction of the Zorokoro Children Complex. Thank you for your continued support to our efforts.

Our children
Our children
Received medication from Mali Djigui
Received medication from Mali Djigui
Our corn harvested
Our corn harvested
More harvesting
More harvesting
Our girls
Our girls

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ACFA HQ in Bamako
ACFA HQ in Bamako

Things have been extremely busy in Mali this quarter. Our CEO is visiting Bamako and has rolled out a robust awareness campaign to reach more companies and individuals in the country. The hard work of ensuring the children are well rounded and Zorokoro building continues on track has challenges and is dependent upon the support of all of our constituents. Our CEO has discussed these challenges with the country’s First Lady during a meeting conducted on 11 August during the CEO’s visit to Mali. A show about ACFA was recorded in Mali on 15 August and will soon air on Mali National TV. Several authorities, such as ministers as well as individual corporate owners, have voiced the country’s support. Additionally, as part of the campaign of awareness, a conference is scheduled for the week of 31 August.

In sports, though three of the ACFA children - Adama, Lacine and Assana - are in the minors’ group in Basketball, they were selected to play at the youth level and have won their first game in the Bamako Basketball Championship. In other sports, the children continue to excel, achieving new belts in taekwondo and reaching new milestones in their basketball courses. We expanded the basketball program to include a mentoring aspect, during which our children had the opportunity to actively participate in the Coupe Africaine for basketball. They attended Mali’s game against Guinea and had the chance to interact with international professional athletes. These extracurricular activities have proven invaluable in ensuring the children are afforded a well-rounded upbringing.

Three of our children, Assana, Awa and Korotoumou, were selected by their respective schools and participated in the summer program iNERDE at the Cite de Enfants (a children support governmental organization in Mali). The project introduced qualified students to science and technology at 4th grade level. The rest of the children are continuing their vocational training in tailoring, wood working, and motorbike repair.

 The children received their semiannual health check. During this process, they all received the necessary vaccinations. We have continued to remain vigilant in adhering to the highest standards of hygiene and healthcare, given the regional outbreak of Ebola.

In June, we began preparing for the planting season, plowing the farm and sowing seeds for corn and other crops. We continue to benefit from our partnership with the Malian government and private sector partners in seed and organic fertilizer support.

It is an exciting time for me to visit the operations in Mali: the children of ACFA-Mali and the Zorokoro Project have grown in so many ways! After spending the last 3 weeks in Bamako visiting our operations sites, I am incredibly proud of the improvement in the children’s lives and the progress made at Zorokoro. I am looking forward to the new relationships coming to fruition and working together with so many other organizations on the ground in Bamako. Thank you for your continued support as we face future challenges. Together, we have made a huge difference, and I am looking forward to facing the challenges ahead with your support, I know that we can do this.  Thank you for your continue support.

On TV in Mali
On TV in Mali
At Zorokoro
At Zorokoro

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Children In Taekwondo Gear
Children In Taekwondo Gear

In Mali, many families live in very poor and difficult situations. This condition leads to children being raised in less than minimum required conditions for their physical and mental development. Some children are left on the streets; others are exploited as beggars to bring money back to the master or extended family members who are supposed to take care of them. This is why ACFA’s role in Mali is extremely important.  

ACFA takes children off the streets and puts them in a safe and loving environment, affording them all the tools necessary for a successful future. We continue delivering our programs to the children as they strive every day. Currently, we take care of twelve children right now, but our vision is to be able to take care of 100 vulnerable children in Mali.

In Mali:

1. To commemorate National Nutrition month in March, ACFA was featured on a well-known Malian TV channel as our staff demonstrated our nutritional program and its benefits to the children. We will be sending this video to you in the near future when received from Mali.

2. The children visited the national park, the national museum, and the zoo: these visits are educational both academically and culturally.

3. We have taken appropriate measures to meet the challenges of the hottest season in Mali, with additional ventilators and other equipment purchased.

4. Academically, the children have been preparing for and are now ready for their end of year final exams scheduled for June.

5. The basketball children won their category’s championship in Badalabougou on 26 April 2015.  

6. The taekwondo children won their semi-final competition in Baco-Djocoroni qualifying them for the final competition to be scheduled in the near future.

7. In Zorokoro, the complex we are building to house more children, we have completed the temporary kitchen and recreation center for the children. We are currently working on a mini-cage to enclose the gas containers, and the solar panels for the dorm.    

In the U.S.:

1. Our 2014 annual report has been published and can be found at: http://www.acfacorp.org/en/annual-reports/english-categories/about-us/annual-reports/annual-reports.

2. Our next fundraiser is scheduled for 30 June from 6 pm – 9pm in Washington DC at Café Citron, 1343 Connecticut Ave., NW, conveniently located near Dupont Circle. Please join us to learn more about ACFA and hear a fresh update from a board member returning from Bamako. Please RSVP to Kadiatou@acfacorp.org.

Thank you for your continued support.  Please visit http://www.acfacorp.org/en/donate-page-xmfrom-the-heartxm/english-categories/donation/donations to support ACFA. 

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children homework session
children homework session

ACFA's children continue to thrive thanks to your support.  Here is what is happening on the ground: 

Education: Diakasan ranked number 1 of her class, and Lacine and Adama, who ranked poorly last year, resurfaced with both ranking amongst the top 5 of their respective classes. ACFA-Mali received support from a volunteer, Marianne who assisted the children in their school and homework assignments in January.

Taekwondo: Koro and Kadiatou won their fights in this year's Olympic Committee's competitions.  Diakassan's competition is scheduled for March.  Salle earned his blue belt and Fanta her yellow belt.

Nutrition: March is national nutrition month.  This year's theme is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle".  We are celebrating this by having special educational sessions for both the children and the staff at ACFA-Mali to include informed food choices and healthy eating habits.  The program will culminate with an evening of celebration of lessons learned and dinner event.  Additionally, we are integrating this year's program with the role and importance of physical education ie the children’s athletic programs of basketball and taekwondo.

Zorokoro: Construction continues at Zorokoro, where we are now building a recreation area and a kitchen.

 Thank you for your continue support.  Look forward to our annual report to be published in April. 

Koro with volunteer
Koro with volunteer

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Organization Information

A Child For All, ACFA Inc.

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