How does a village come into contact with Mali Rising? What are the criteria for collaboration with our structure? The discovery of new partner villages is a process…
Mali Rising Foundation is committed to maintaining a good learning environment for all students attending our schools. Sometimes this commitment translates into hard and dirty maintenance work, in partnership with villages. Our older schools were built with mud bricks, and these structures can develop cracks. We’ve also found bats love to make their home between ceilings of the classrooms and the roof. What to do?…
by Merritt Frey, Executive Director
Thanks to a generous group of friends who wanted to celebrate their friend Ilias’s move to a new country, a new school is nearly finished in Kafara, Mali.
The group has decided to name the school The Mindful Bunch Middle School. Where did that quirky name come from? It references a Kiva loan group (if you don’t know about Kiva, check them out!) the friends participate in together, honoring the school as a continuation of their joint legacy of giving.
On October 27, Ilias will join us for the ceremonial opening of The Mindful Bunch Middle School in Kafara. Watch this blog for fun stories from the party, or follow us on social media for even more images and video from the fun.
Thanks to a generous sponsor and his group of friends, a new school is rising in the little village of Kafara.
Here at Mali Rising we often feature the students who benefit from our supporters’ generosity. Of course, many other benefit from a new school and the education it brings. So in this post we share some thoughts from a mother in the village where we are currently building our 23rd school, Kafara. Here are excerpts of what Sali had to say about the arrival of a new school for her children…
Sometimes keeping up with your email is a burden. Sometimes is an absolute joy. When? Well, when a generous Mali Rising supporter reaches out on a quiet Tuesday morning to let you know they have raised enough funds to build a school in Mali.
Starting one week from today, I've got a lot of ground to cover. Literally. As part of Mali Rising's Miles for Mali walking challenge, I've pledged to walk 160 miles in May. Gulp. Why?
The most exciting thing we do each year at Mali Rising is build a new middle school. Last month, we announced our newest partner village -- the village of Sankama. We're already 45% of the way to funded for this school...can you help get us to 100%?
One of the most exciting things we do at Mali Rising is build a new school in a new village. Seeing a school where before there was nothing but a weedy field is inspiring. Seeing kids walk into new classrooms where before they had no hope of an education is enough to make you cry. And talking with the parents about their pride in the village's new school and in their children's futures is truly life-changing.Here at Mali Rising, we've had this incredible experience 21 times now. And we're about to head into the 22nd beautiful journey.
Thanks to Mali Rising's generous supporters, the kids of the tiny village of Sebela in southern Mali now have a middle school. Construction is complete (see photos below) and all that remains is to fill the classrooms with student desks...and then students in October!