Mali is very rich in cultural diversity. With thirty-three ethic groups nurtured each by its own food and language, we can notice in Mali that there are people of various ethnic backgrounds all living together thanks to the concept of "Djatiguiya".
Our supporters are always excited about building a new school — there’s something, well, concrete, about making a donation and seeing a building rise from the red soil of Mali. But what is really exciting about a new school is not the bricks and mortar, but the hundreds — and even thousands — of kids that school will serve. We are currently fundraising for a middle school for the children of N’Goko, so I wanted to share short stories from just a few of the great kids your donation will help.
Do you think it is possible to build a school with your feet? We do.
The school is an essential factor of social cohesion, the fight against poverty and exclusion, the distribution of knowledge and well-being in general. However, it cannot work in isolation because school success is influenced by factors that are both external and internal to the school institution.
As we all know, it can take a long time for the investment of education to show the real-life kind of returns it promises. Because of this, we try to follow up with Mali Rising alumni whenever possible to find out how they use their education and how they view education’s role in their lives. Today, I would like to share the thoughts of one of our alumnus who graduated a full nine years ago — Bakari. Thanks to Mali Rising’s supporters, Bakari has a great trade — electrician — and dreams of passing on the gift of education to kids in his home village…
This may, we challenge you to walk or run the distance children in rural Mali villages walk to get to school in one week (40 miles) or one month (160 miles). Just think — you can get in shape for swimsuit season AND help hundreds of children get into school and on their way to a better life. You can register now!
All around the world, people agree that laughter is the best medicine. In Mali, laughter and joking has been turned into a cultural art form. Learn more…
One of the most exciting things we do at Mali Rising is open a new school with a partner village. A close second? Announcing a new partnership with a new village and launching the effort to raise the funds for that school. It’s just an exciting time. We’ve built a great relationship with the elders and parents of the village, and now we invite Mali Rising’s supporter to join in the relationship. It feels like something we’re all in together — an exciting friendship focused on bringing out the best in all of us. So, come along with us! We’ve just announced our newest partner village — N’Goko…
For the last three years, Mali Rising has been working closely with girl students in three pilot villages. You can't help a girl stay and succeed in school without helping her overcome certain obstacles that prevent her from advancing or succeeding. Leadership training is an opportunity for us to overcome these obstacles. A leading girl must be able to express herself in public, defend her vision, lead a team, and defeat her shyness.
It is time to get walking! Well, it is at least time to get registered to get walking! Registration opens today for Miles for Mali — a fun virtual walking event that raises funds for school construction in Mali. This May, you can help build a school for the children of N’Goko in southeastern Mali, just by taking a walk.