Mali new academic year 2017- 2018 started in October and similar to other children in Mali, ACFA’s children were able to go back to school because of you and your support!!! Thank you.
We have 2 children in middle school this year and they, as well as the other ACFA children are doing well. We had support from both US and Mali in preparation for the school year. Support included both monetary and in-kind donations of school material, such as backpacks, books, notebooks, etc…
Our children continue to strive in sports: after a challenging competition, all our taekwondo participants re-qualified for their participation in the national team training for 2018. Basketball players also won several competitions and ranked 2nd in their most recent one. Diakassan was selected to participate in a tournament in the 3rd region of Mali and won silver medal ranking 2nd in the competition.
Unfortunately, the month of October was challenging with regards to health care with a few cases of malaria. Your support is much appreciated to help us continue the preventative courses of malaria and other health concerns.
We are closing 2017 with much gratitude for your continue support and we whish you a very happy holiday season spent with friends and family.
ACFA’s children’s summer activities continue to keep them challenged and engaged. School starts next month, but summer has been hot and lots of learning on the vocational training front.
In fencing sport, Diakassan validated her 1st round of competition this month and is waiting for the date to be announced for her 2nd round.
The final results of the academic year are here and ACFA registered this year for the first time 100% admission to the next grade. Even the children who were academically challenged last year were able to make up the gap and finished the school year with grades allowing them to pass to the next grade.
This quarter, ACFA-Mali received visits from Zeina Walet who volunteered her time to produce marketing material for ACFA. She enjoyed interaction with the children as they attended their respective vocational training and their sport classes: Taekwondo, fencing and basketball.
Thanks to their completed psychology training, ACFA-Mali staff was able to assess, assist and attend to one of our children’s difficult situation, leading to a positive outcome for this vulnerable child.
The Zorokoro Children Complex continues to be our capital investment as we continue the completion of phase 1 allowing us to support more children.
Greetings from ACFA’s children in Bamako: “School is out, time to turn to our vocational training for the summer!!! And spend more time on our sport activities!!!”
The children are thrilled that the academic year is over! They enjoyed a successful school year thanks to your continue support. They are now looking forward to a summer full of training opportunities to be barbers, hairdressers, tailors, carpenters, ect… All these activities are only available to them because of you and your support.
We now have 2 red belts in Taekwondo. In Apr, Koro passed her red belt, and in May Diakassan passed hers. Our 4 children are continuing their taekwondo training with the Malian Junior Taekwondo team. The children also participated in multiple competitive sport events throughout this semester, in Taekwondo, basketball and Fencing, and performed very well. In total they won 4 gold medals, 2 silver medals, 2 Bronze medals and one trophy.
In school two of our children who were struggling, Astan and Fanta, have made great improvement, and performed extremely well this semester at their new school. The new environment is proving to be very helpful to their success.
ACFA’s children also enjoyed free entertainment from a comedian group called Yala in May 2017.
Our staff completed psychology training: staff development like this will improve performance and enhance the support provided to the children.
The Zorokoro Children Complex is also tracking along very well. The plan is to commence the school building in 2017 and complete it in 2018. You can help us break ground on the school by making a donation today!
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