Inspiration Scholars

Looking Back at a Successful Soiree

With all the busy follow up after the Soiree, I’ve been remiss in sharing a wrap up. First, we are so grateful for the wonderful supporters who came out to celebrate with us — thank you! And thank you for giving so generously to help our students start their school year off right! What did the Soiree do for our students? Read on…

A Dinner That Makes A Difference

It’s that time of year — Soiree time! This is our big gathering of supporters in Salt Lake City, where we celebrate successes and look forward to a new year of school. This isn’t your normal stuffy gala. Instead of asking guests to buy trinkets at an auction, we invite everyone to “bid” on truly critical things our students and schools need to succeed. What can you bid to support? Read on…

Inspiration Scholar Kadia Tackles Nursing School

Meet Kadia, one of five young women who received Strong Woman Scholarships through the Inspiration Scholars Project. Kadia is a 17-year-old graduate of Mali Rising’s Tim Gibson Middle School in the little village of Sebela in southern Mali. Kadia stood out at school from the beginning, and has continued to be a great student in nursing school. Learn more about how Kadia is doing…

Remembering A Sister; Changing Young Women's Lives

When we lose someone we love, we often want to find a way to help their memory live on. There are many ways to keep that memory alive. I wanted to share one way a Mali Rising supporter, who is also my mom, decided to keep her sister’s memory alive. Both my mom and my aunt have been supporters of Mali Rising’s Girl Project, but I think we’ve all been surprised at just how much my mom’s idea for making sure my aunt’s belief in the power of young women lived on has mattered to us since we lost Aunt Chris.

Bidding for Good at the Soiree!

I know I’ve done it and I bet you have too -- got carried away at a charity auction and come home with a strange carving we can't fit anywhere in our house. We shrug and tell ourselves the funds went to a good cause. So why not just directly decide where those funds will go and spare yourself donating the dusty trinket to the thrift store two years later? That's the concept behind the Auction for Action at Mali Rising's Soiree this Thursday.

Who really runs a mayor's office? Someday maybe Boumadyè.

Boumadyè is and 18-year-old graduate of Mali Rising’s Sue Chung Chiu Middle School in the little village of Simidji.  She used her Inspiration Scholarship to move to the capitol city of Bamako to pursue a secretarial degree at a vocational school. Why? Because she covets an influential role in the mayor’s office…

First Inspiration Scholar Nursing Assistants Graduate!

We are so proud -- and we hope you're proud too.Thanks to Mali Rising's donors six of our first batch of Inspiration Scholars have just graduated from their nursing assistant/midwife program. These six nurses are now out in villages, ready to help their communities and Mali be healthier and happier.

Wow! Our Generous Supporters Made This A GREAT School Year!

Wow. Our supporters are amazing. Because of their generosity at the 2017 Soirée, we far exceeded our fundraising goal for the evening -- that means more books, better trained teachers, increased hygiene education, additional scholarships, and just plain more learning for our students.