Adama and Salif are two friends who attend the same school. They are in the 3rd grade. Adama can read and write. He learns his lessons well thanks to the help of his parents. Salif can't read. He is always last in his class and his father doesn’t support his learning.
We are so looking forward to this Friday’s 50 Women Mixer! In case you’ve been on the fence about attending, I wanted to share a little news about what you’ll miss if you don’t rally to join us.
“One who eats alone cannot discuss the taste of the food with others” — African proverb. Let us save you from that fate for at least one night in September! Join us for Mali Rising’s annual Soiree on September 26th at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, and you’ll enjoy an amazing West African-inspired dinner. See what’s on the menu…
This year the Girls Project has respected the tradition it has established during the first year of the project in 2016: to bring together, after nine months of hard work by girls, parents of students, teachers, and students to pay tribute to each person for their involvement during the school year. We call this event Feast for Feedback, because it is both a celebration and a chance for the whole village to be involved with the Girls Project. So, this year in the school yard of Kolimba on a Saturday like no other, parents of students, teachers, and girls shared a day of joy dedicated to the schooling of girls.
Last Saturday I had an incredible time at Salt Lake’s annual Africa Festival. I was there staffing a booth about Mali Rising, and helping people share their notes of encouragement with our students. Despite the heat, dozens of people stopped by the booth to share their thoughts of hope and the value of education. Check out some of the amazing messages in the slideshow.
Our work with our girls in Mali is personally my very favorite part of my job. And part of what I so love about this work is how it lets me connect with great women here in the United States too – women like you who light up whenever we talk about giving girls a chance to change the world. So, I’m really excited about a fun gathering coming up on Friday, August 23 (5:30 to 7:30 pm) here in Salt Lake City – our first ever 50 Women Mixer.
By Merritt Frey, Executive Director
Are you a high school student looking for something unique and special for your college applications? We can help!
Any high school student in the United States is eligible to apply. During the year-long program, Ambassadors learn about Mali and Mali Rising’s work, meet other young leaders from around the country, talk directly with Mali Rising’s field staff to learn first-hand what international development really means, develop their leadership and communication skills, and so much more.
Importantly, Youth Ambassadors also give back through their year of ambassador-hood. All Youth Ambassadors commit to tackling at least one activity from each of three categories during the Ambassador year:
Education/outreach. Examples may include: doing a presentation to a school class or youth organization, getting their school involved in the Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest, becoming a Mali Rising social media STAR, etc.
Fundraising. Examples may include: conducting a personal fundraising drive, participating in our virtual walk-a-thon (Miles for Mali), helping with a school-based fundraiser, etc.
Service. Examples may include: creating English language flashcards for Mali students, coordinating a drive for “welcome back to school” letters for Mali students, making a component of menstrual kits, etc. Mali Rising will provide a set of ready-made options for service projects, but Ambassadors may also propose their own projects to the Advisory Council.
Learn more or apply with our quick and easy online form. Twenty Ambassador slots are available until filled. Apply by August 31 (late applications may be considered, if space allows).
Do you love a good party? How about a good cause? Well then you’ll love Mali Rising’s Soiree — a good party for a good cause!
The 2019 Success Soiree will be held on September 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at beautiful Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City.
At the last minute, we were able to score a booth at Salt Lake City’s annual African Festival…hurrah! While that is great news, it also means we have a short-notice need for volunteer support…help!
Do you sometimes feel powerless when you read the news? Like there’s just no way you can make an impact? I relate. But there are things you can do, and one of them is literally concrete — help build a school that will change lives for kids in Mali. Those changed lives will change our world.