| Jan 10, 2022
New academic year
By Kadiatou F. Sidibe | CEO-Founder
Children drawing at Zorokoro
ACFA ended 2021 on a very good note with lots to success to build up on in the coming year.
Our CEO Kadiatou Sidibe visited Mali in Oct 2021 to observe progress made at both Zorokoro and Badalabougou. She visited existing partners as well as potential new partners. She hosted the USAID team of Bamako at Badalabougou during a site visit. At Zorokoro, construction of the second school building has now been completed. We’ve opened our second kindergarten class and academic year 2021-2022 is well underway with students from both ACFA and children from the surrounding villages. Additionally, at our complex, we’ve welcomed 4 new children who previously lacked access to a safe shelter, food, health care and education. They are adjusting well to their new environment.
The older children continue to excel in sports. In October, Diakassan participated in the Mali Fencing Open and received a silver medal. Additionally, she won the 2021 Mali Championship, marking the 3rd year in a row that she holds this medal. Additionally, one of our girls, Kadiatou, has been accepted in the Mali Junior National Taekwondo Team.
School has started for the older children as well. Our newest high school students have been dispatched to their new schools and are adjusting well. This year we have 4 candidates for the national high school entrance exam, DEF, while we have 7 who have passed the DEF and are already in high school. We completed the introduction to computer coding classes taught by a high school student volunteer from California, and the algebra classes taught by another California high school student continues for our older children. Both classes have benefitted from translation and interpreting by a French high school student volunteer.
In vocational training, Koro benefited from a rotary club scholarship to attend sewing training. This has proved to be not just a great opportunity for her to learn this valuable skill, but also a major morale booster: she’s now well motivated to take the DEF next year. Seeing her progress is rejuvenating.
We started the procurement of our library and computer lab materials in November. We’ve also partnered with Books For Africa and will be receiving a donation of 20,000 books for our library. The logistics of all these matters are underway and we anticipate opening our library by mid 2022. A group of volunteers, to include ACFA’s education expert, Alexandra Laurent from France, and several ACFA board members will then be visiting ACFA’s operations with the CEO in Bamako.
October marks the solidarity month in Mali. To that end, ACFA received in-kind donations from Orange and Malitel Foundations, Ourydia Association, as well as individual donors. These donations consisted of food, and school supplies. Foundation Malidons of Canada also donated clothes to ACFA in November. Finally, in December 2021, ACFA was the beneficiary of a donation from Toys For Tots, an initiative of the Marines stationed at the US Embassy in Bamako.
Kickoff Solution continues its support to ACFA’s girls through leadership development and sport involvement. One of our girls, Bassan, was featured in Kickoff Solutions’ annual gala fundraiser at the end of 2021.
ACFA’s CPA visited ACFA’s operations in December 2021. This was an eye-opening event as he was able to experience and see first-hand the operations that he’s been auditing for the past numerous years.
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Children eating at Zorokoro
ACFA CPA's visit at Zorokoro
Toys For Tots donation