Education  Mali Project #4159

Support Mali's Vulnerable Children

by A Child For All, ACFA Inc.
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
Support Mali's Vulnerable Children
End of school year party
End of school year party

The past 3 months marked the end of the academic year in Mali. Both of our locations (the older children in Bamako, and the younger children in Zorokoro) had several events to support this. Three of our girls took the DEF (entry to high school national exam) this year, and 2 of our boys took the Baccalaureat (exit from high school national exam): we are waiting for the results. At the Zorokoro Children’s Complex, we celebrated the end of the academic year and the end of our first year of operation of our school with a party where parents and other constituents were invited. The children had lots of fun during the different activities that were organized and even conducted their own art performances. Now all the children are enjoying a very deserved break before school starts in October. Our long-distance learning programs have improved this cycle with the addition of introduction to computer coding and algebra classes for the older children, and dance classes for the younger ones. All the children are fully engaged and have learned a lot from these different opportunities offered to them by high school volunteers from California, and assistance from a high school student in France who has been the translator for the classes. In July, ACFA children celebrated Eid AL Adha, the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemoration of the sacrifice of Abraham. Like other Mali schools, there was a celebration at the school and a short break to allow students to spend the holidays with their families, which non ACFA children did. The children all received new clothes, shoes, and gifts before being sent off for the break. We received in-kind donations in the form of food, clothes, and orange trees to be planted at Zorokoro. We are pleased to announce that after 2 years of partnership with ACFA, the Perna Rose Foundation for Hope increased their financial support to ACFA by 34%. Finally, construction continues at the Zorokoro Children’s Complex for the classrooms. The well-being of Mali’s vulnerable children remains our priority. To enhance our programs for them, we need your continued support. Please consider donating today, it will literally change the lives of multiple children who have no hope other than ACFA’s programs. Thank you to all who so generously continue to support us!

Ramatoulaye and Kadidia
Ramatoulaye and Kadidia
Salimata and Nieba
Salimata and Nieba
Eid gifts
Eid gifts

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Eid Feast at Zorokoro
Eid Feast at Zorokoro

Despite the persistence of COVID-19 in Mali and around the world, ACFA has been blessed with many good things in the last 3 months.  All the ACFA children are doing well.  The little ones at the Zorokoro Children’s Complex are enjoying kindergarten class at the Complex school.  The children learned numbers and the alphabet, illustrations of the sun, the moon and the stars and learning about day and night.  They also learned about May Day and they love to do gymnastics and to sing songs.  Thanks to the generosity of our donors, new supplies were provided for the class including play dough, tennis balls and two rackets, basketball and soccer balls, jump ropes and plastic fruits and vegetables, kitchen, and utensils allowing practical illustration of theoretical learned material.

ACFA continues to leverage distance learning.  We have partnered with SlumAid, a UK based non-profit, and they provided volunteers who are virtually teaching ESL to our students via Zoom.  We continue to learn and improve upon the distance learning as it pertains to young children.  

With the heat season upon Mali, we installed a water fountain and a humidifier for the younger children at Zorokoro.  

Our livestock project at Zorokoro is growing and we currently have 14 sheep and 3 on the way.  In the next few months, we intend to diversify that portfolio by adding goats to the herd.

ACFA has also partnered with Kickoff Solutions, a California nonprofit, and they have provided scholarships to four of our older girls, allowing them to continue with sports such as fencing and taekwondo and providing coaching and broad exposure (including international tournaments) with an intention to develop confidence and leadership skills.  

In May, ACFA children celebrated Eid al-Fitr "Feast of Breaking the Fast"! Learning about holidays like Eid is important because it helps children to appreciate and understand different cultures.  Thanks to our donors and the community in Mali, the children had new clothes for the celebration and were provided with food at both locations for the feast.  We are so grateful to all our donors.

Responding to the pressing needs of the vulnerable children living on the streets of Bamako, we would like to grow our ACFA family.  Additionally, we are poised to continue with construction of the rest of the Zorokoro Children’s Complex.  The Complex will not only bring a home to vulnerable children, but it will support people in the surrounding 8 villages who will send their children to the ACFA school, use the library and computer lab, receive care at the clinic and enjoy sports at the sports complex.  All this will also bring jobs to the people in this impoverished part of Mali.  Please consider making a monthly donation to ACFA.

Thank you to all who so generously continue to support us!

ACFA kindergarten class with teacher Mariam
ACFA kindergarten class with teacher Mariam
ACFA girls Scholarship recipients
ACFA girls Scholarship recipients
Zoom ESL Class session
Zoom ESL Class session
Practical class session at Zorokoro
Practical class session at Zorokoro

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Students and teacher in class
Students and teacher in class

Just like you, we continue to go through the COVID-19 rollercoaster, and we hope that this report finds you and your loved ones doing well.  We all need good news these days! And we have a couple for you:  your ACFA School has opened in Mali, and ACFA secured safety for 2 other children!

 Indeed, on 13 Nov 2020 ACFA School opened in Zorokoro, to our own children and those of surrounding villages.  We are overwhelmed with the multiple requests from parents.  Your assistance is now more than needed: you see, there are no other kindergarten opportunities in the area, and of course parents want the best for their children! Our older children, whose vocational training was tailoring, sewed uniforms for the new younger students attending ACFA School.   

 Additionally, we are pleased to announce that all of ACFA students, who were candidate to the Mali high school entrance national exam, DEF, have passed. We now have 5 children in high school, 2 of which are now candidate to the Baccalaureate, end of high school national exam.  

 ACFA is pleased announce 2 new arrivals: Yacouba and Coumba joined ACFA on 17 Dec 2020 and 28 Jan 2021 respectively.  They are both doing well, have adjusted to their new home and family and have started school. 

 In sport, numerous medals were won this past quarter: Diakassan, Bassan, Billy, and Kadiatou won several gold, silver and bronze medals.  Additionally, Diakassan won 2 gold medals, and earned her title of Mali Champion in Fencing for the second year in a row.  

 The children came together at Zorokoro to celebrate New Year in their own safe and secure environment.  For some of our kids this was their first time to receive gifts at the end of the year.  

 We want to express our deepest gratitude to you for your support, which allows us to continue our mission in Mali, attending to the multiple needs of the vulnerable children. Please donate to our cause today! 

Adama sewing school uniforms
Adama sewing school uniforms
Yacouba on Christmas Eve
Yacouba on Christmas Eve
ACFA's children with their medals
ACFA's children with their medals
Coumba
Coumba
Students and teacher by swing
Students and teacher by swing

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ACFA-Mali boys

We hope that this report finds you and your loved ones staying safe and healthy as we all learn to adjust to the new norms imposed by COVID19.

 Despite the difficulties associated with COVID and other challenges of the world, ACFA is making progress in providing the more than ever needed support to the vulnerable children of Mali.  

 With Mali’s low number of COVID cases, and with the reopening of activities in the country, our older children returned to Badalabougou and went back to school, and to their respective sports.  Our candidates for the national exam, DEF, are getting ready to take the exam next week on the 12th of October.  After 3 months of no training, Diakassan, represented Bamako at the Koutiala Governor’s tournament and won the gold medal with a monetary award.  Last week she participated in another tournament organized by the Mali Fencing Olympic and won the silver medal.  

 Now at a total of 7, the new and younger children remained at their home in Zorokoro and are thriving everyday.  It’s amazing to witness the positive changes in these youngsters’ live.  Now, not only are they veteran of Zorokoro, but they are ready to be role models to other children their age next month.  Indeed, next month in November as Mali start the 2021 academic year, we are opening our new school with kindergarteners from the 8 villages surrounding our complex. 

 At Zorokoro, construction of the next 3 classrooms continues.  Having just secured funding for commodities, we are now raising funds to build the library and computer lab. Please consider donating to ACFA today. 

 We thank you for your continued assistance in support of the vulnerable children of Mali.  Your support is the cornerstone of the success of these children. Please do remain safe and healthy! 

ACFA-Mali girls
ACFA-Mali girls
Kids in the new classroom
Kids in the new classroom
Lunch time at ACFA-Mali
Lunch time at ACFA-Mali

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Salimata Washing Hands
Salimata Washing Hands

We hope that this report finds you and your loved ones staying safe and healthy during these challenging times.  Indeed, between COVID19, and the current unrest in multiple cities and countries, we are all facing tough times now.  But we remain confident in the future for better days to come!

 Our children in Bamako are doing well!  To mitigate COVID 19 confinement, we moved them to the Zorokoro Children’s Complex where they have 2 hectares (5 acres) of space to play and keep themselves busy in a safe environment.  They have sewed masks with donated material and sewing machines.  They have taken on  growing their own salad cucumbers and tomatoes, etc… They have supported our livestock project of seven sheep.  They even supported the building of their own temporary basketball court. 

 Most importantly, while in Zorokoro, they have assisted in the welcoming and integration of their 5 little brothers and sisters.  Yes, we opened Zorokoro operations in May by taking on 5 new children from the streets of Bamako and giving them a home.  Meet Salimata, Ramatoulaye, Boubacar Sidiki, Sekou, and Kadidia.  Only 1 month and the positive change in these children is already palpable.  

 Last week in Mali, school resumed for the national exam classes’ students.  So our 3 children who are candidates this year to that exam moved back to Bamako.  They have been attending their schools and we have also resumed their tutoring while maintaining the adequate protection needed.

 At the Zorokoro Children’s Complex we are excited to announce that we have completed construction of the first three classrooms of the school and the second three classrooms are under construction. 

 We thank you for your continued assistance in support of the vulnerable children of Mali.  We couldn’t do this without you!  Please do stay safe and healthy! 

Volunteer Boudoul with new children
Volunteer Boudoul with new children
Children at Basketball court
Children at Basketball court
Adama Sewing Masks
Adama Sewing Masks
New School Building
New School Building

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