This is where dozens of children in the village of Sebela in Mali are currently going to school. For as little as $12, you can give them safe classrooms where they can improve their lives.

By nearly every measure, Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Education is a key strategy to empower children to improve their lives, and in turn lift Mali out of poverty. For every year of education, a child will see a 10 to 20% increase in his or her future income.

Sebela parents and village leaders took a rare and impressive step when they decided to build their own middle school. The village was able to fund and coordinate nearly half of the school's construction before running out of resources. In Mali Rising's 12 years of working with Mali villages, this is a unique example of extraordinary investment grounded in the way the parents of Sebela value education for their children. Meet one of those children, Kadia.

We've partnered with the village and notebook manufacturer Denik to find a way to finish the school for the children of Sebela. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by Denik. Together, we can change life for the better for 150 kids each year.

You can help! And, if you donate $100 or more, you'll win a chance to name Sebela's new school!

Here's a peek at the kids of Sebela, where Mali Rising is partnering with Denik and the local village to build a middle school. Learn more and get involved!

Learn more about sebela

The Village
Sebela is located 40 kilometers east of Mali's capital city of Bamako.The village is home to approximately 2,000 people and 1,200 of those are children. The main economic activity in the village is subsistence agriculture.

The Current Situation
The village is home to a primary school that serves 300 students in grades 1 through 6. Approximately 116 middle school-aged children
currently attend an ad hoc middle school installed in an old fertilzer store. More children would attend middle school and all children would learn better if a larger, safer school were available.

A New School Partnership
Sebela village leaders took a rare and impressive step when they decided to build their own middle school. The village was able to fund and coordinate nearly half of the school's construction before running out of resources. In Mali Rising's 12 years of working with Mali villages, this is a unique example of proactive investment grounded in the way the village values education for their children. Denik provided half of the remaining necessary funds in a match grant to individual donors. This means individuals’ gifts will be matched dollar for dollar by Denik, up to $12,000.

The Children

You might also be interested in our Student Spotlight of Kadia or our Student Spotlight featuring Lassine both students inSebela.