Children
 Mali
Project #7253

Provide Food for Mali's Vulnerable Children

by A Child For All, ACFA Inc.
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children in front of their classroom
children in front of their classroom

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday!!!!! We invite you to be part of this special movement and prove that we can all give as well as get!!!

We are so grateful for your continuing support of the vulnerable children of Mali. Your mindfulness of the hungry, the sick, the homeless, the hopeless, and your concern to assist by deed, those who cry out for what most of us take for granted, is what keeps ACFA afloat. We give thanks for your support and your efforts that allow us to provide the ACFA children with food, clothes, health care, education, and skills that will allow them to be self-sufficient and to support Mali’s economic development.

Our work is only possible because of your generosity. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.

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children washing
children washing

Today is the United Nation’s Universal Children Day!!!! We are pleased to participate in the efforts of this year’s theme: stop violence against children. At ACFA we take children from the streets where they are exposed to violence and give them a home, health care, and an education and turn them into adults who can contribute to their country’s economic development.

Ebola is now in Bamako: the country has lost some people and hundreds are now quarantined. Our children are all safe as we’ve taken a few measures to protect them. We are using hand sanitizers, and we have limited visits to minimize exposure to uncertain conditions. The staff has also limited their travels. We have increased the frequency of our established periodic vaccination and wellness checks. We are also participating in the country’s suggested program of “all children wash their hands with soap at least 4 times a day”.

The children completed their summer programs, and have returned to school. During this summer, they’ve learned to tailor, to repair motorcycle, to excel at woodwork, and to cook. For the October reporting period, 75% of them ranked in the top 50% of their respective classes.  

At Zorokoro, construction of the first dorm is completed, and it has running water. We are now installing solar electricity and the next project will be to build a kitchen and a recreation building for the children before receiving the first children by May 2015.  

This quarter, the children received clothes donation from volunteers. They enjoyed choosing the favorite clothes with the right size. For the holiday season, we are privileged to use free of charge space available to ship all the clothes, shoes, books and toys donated by U.S. donors to ACFA in the past few months.

Our work is only possible because of your generosity. To learn more about us and to support our everyday efforts, please visit: http://acfacorp.org/en/. Please celebrate the U.N. Universal Children Day by donating to ACFA at: http://www.acfacorp.org/en/donate-page-xmfrom-the-heartxm/english-categories/donation/donations.

Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision. 

Children with their school principal
Children with their school principal
Zorokoro with running water
Zorokoro with running water
Children choosing clothes
Children choosing clothes

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Diakassan cooking
Diakassan cooking

Ebola has reached Mali, but our children are doing well and we have implemented special steps to keep them from being contaminated. This year due to the sporadic lack of rain during this rainy season, our farm return will not reach our earlier expectations. With this, comes the challenge to ensure that we have enough funds available to fill the gap of harvested crop. Today, more than ever, supporting our nutrition project matters. We will invest in vitamins and other supplements to support the year’s nutrition project.
Our work is only possible because of your generosity. Our next fund raising event will be held in Washington DC on 12 Nov 2014 from 6PM to 8 PM at Shaw’s Tavern at 520 Florida Ave. Washington DC 20001. Please continue to support ACFA’s projects, and allow us to continue our holistic program for the vulnerable children of Mali. Thank you for supporting our efforts towards attaining our vision.

Children eating lunch
Children eating lunch

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Children wearing their medals
Children wearing their medals

This summer, in addition to the tailoring we added 3 more vocational training: motorcycle repair shop training and wood working training for the boys and culinary training for the girls. A Malian renowed artist, Djeneba Seck, has promised our children to take them out to dinner. The children are very excited about this opportunity. The restaurant will also take the opportunity to give culinary and nutrition lessons to the children. More to follow when this event occurs in the near future. This summer 3 of our children were admitted to the youth Malian Federation of basketball, and 2 of those 3 are currently playing in the youth championship of Bamako. The 3rd did not get to participate this year because of a broken leg, but will next year. 3 others received taekwondo medals (1 gold and 2 silver) during Bamako’s championship. 5 children passed to the next belt during this year’s Bamako’s Taekwondo’s tournament.

In April we were blessed with site visit in Bamako from Director Andy from the Segal Family Foundation, and we were able to show him the operations. In Jul, our Director of Operations in Bamako, attended the Segal Family Foundation’s annual meeting in Arusha, Tanzania. What a collaborative and learning opportunity that was!!! His overall impressions were outstanding. This opportunity allowed him to discover other operations on the continent, and discuss with other leaders confronted to similar challenges, network with other nonprofit leaders and learn from each others’ experience, understand donors’ requirements, re-energized with regards to goals, and more deeply understand human resources requirements.

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.

Diakassan in the kitchen
Diakassan in the kitchen
Zou at Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting
Zou at Segal Family Foundation Annual Meeting

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children eating at ACFA-Mali
children eating at ACFA-Mali

As they grow older, the children food consumption is also increasing. In addition to healthcare and nutritious meals, we were able to harvest 1.2 tons of corn and 50 Kg of beans from our farming project to help with our increasing food consumption. Since the beginning of the academic year in October, out of 3 reporting period, one of our little girls, Diakassan, ranked twice first in her class of 44, with a GPA of over 8 out of 10 both times. Additionally, Adama and Lassine have commenced the skill building with tailoring classes. Finally, in the sport arena, 3 of our children, Diakassan, Koro, and Assan, are retained to participate in Bamako’s regional competition. The year was ended with a visit to Bamako by one of our board of directors, Alpha, who spent Christmas and New Year with the children in Bamako. 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.

Children visiting a learning center
Children visiting a learning center

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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 Mali

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