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
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).
Please help us welcome Anh Hoang to Mali Rising’s board of directors! Anh actually joined us at the beginning of 2019, but we’ve been remiss in sharing the news. Anh brings wonderful financial expertise to the board, and has already proved herself invaluable to watch-dogging our financial systems and future plans.
I’ve been meaning for a while now to post an update on a wonderfully fun campaign driven by one of our best supporters, Tim. Tim had a vision — he wanted to see a world map in every one of our schools. He turned that vision into Maps for Mali.
The results are in and the winners identified! Together, we covered 3,156 miles during Miles for Mali this May. We raised $5,365 dollars to build the school in N’Goko – that’s still nearly 10 percent of the cost of the new school!
This weekend, something very fun happened. With the vision and help of one our volunteers — Tim Gibson — we raised enough funds to place two large wall maps in each of our schools. In the 48 hours between Friday and Sunday evenings, we raised $1,000 for Maps for Mali!
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.
Mali Rising's Board of Directors is a great, dedicated group of people. They keep the organization on track strategically, help friend- and fund-raise, and generally donate a lot of time and work. We want to welcome a new board member, Katie Murphy. Katie joined the board in 2018 (we’re just a bit late in our welcome!) after helping out as a volunteer for years. We asked her a few questions to help us all get to know her better…
It’s coming! Miles for Mali that is. Funds raised by Miles for Mali walkers will help build our 2019 school in the little village of N’Goko. What is Miles for Mali? It is simple: In May 2019, 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).
Our first Youth Ambassador projects are up and running, and we couldn’t be more proud of what these great high school students are achieving! Case in point: Vishal’s outreach project. Vishal envisioned and designed his own project at at a local library and reached 103 people!