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.
By Merritt Frey, Executive Director
Hey high school students — looking forward to your winter break? Sleeping in, catching up on your favorite series, maybe a little bit of time with friends? Let’s make it just a little more fruitful — work on your essay for our Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest.
The 2019 contest opens for entries on January 1, 2019! The contest is a forum for thoughtful high school thinkers to share their analysis on a different international development topic each year in a short (300-500 words) essay. National winners of this essay contest receive cash awards and recognition.
So get thinking on the 2019 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest theme:
In 1948, the UN General Assembly included education as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Do you think education is a human right? Why or why not? What does your position mean for education in a country like Mali?
This summer, we finalized fundraising for Mali Rising school #23 in the little village of Sankama. This was truly a group effort, with donations from high school students, walkers, the Trujillo family, our Builders Society, support from the Pete and Arline Harman Trust, and many others. Now a school is nearly complete in Sankama, and we’re happy to announce the winner of naming rights for the school!
Looking for a fun volunteer gig this fall? We've got something fun for you! We're looking for Captains for our Team Welcome project. Captains help gather short notes of encouragement to our Mali students from people here in the U.S. We deliver these notes to our students as they start their school year off in October/November.
Last week we announced some great news -- a surprise gift to help us build our 23rd school! It will be located in the village of Kafara, where the children and parents alike are celebrating. Today I wanted to share just one story of a student who will benefit from the new school, Issa. Issa may look more serious than your typical 9th grader but...well, frankly he probably is a bit more serious than your typical 9th grader.
After much great work by our volunteer essay reviewers, we can announce the finalists in our 2018 Make the Case for Caring Essay Contest. In random order, the finalists are….
We couldn't be more proud of or more thankful to the great students at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. They raised $4,381.01 during Catholic Schools Week to help build our next school in Sankama, Mali!
The very best part of my job? Meeting our students. The second best? Receiving student interviews and photos from our hard-working Mali staff, Alou and Hindaty. Reading the students' stories always makes me feel good about our work, but also just plain better about the state of our world. You can feel good too! Take a little break, meet these three young Malians, and be cheered about our global prospects for the future...
This school year Mali Rising has piloted a new project -- Classroom Connections -- and now we're ready to take it live to teachers and students around the country. We hope you'll join us! Classroom Connections is designed to educate students in the U.S. about students and culture in Mali and provide meaningful service projects for U.S. students to build relationships with their peers in Mali.