Mali’s Minister of Economy, Finance and Budget Visits D.C.

Spring of 2016

On a visit to Washington D.C., Mali’s Minister of Economy, Finance and Budget, attended IMF and the World Bank’s Spring Meetings.  Meeting with leadership of both institutions discussions ventured on the progress of the latter’s interventions in Mali and some regional programs. The Minister took this opportunity to reinsure all partners on the efforts Mali is making to stabilize the country’s situation, and the transitional government’s commitment to organize Presidential elections in July of this year. The Minister re-iterated the same to other partners whom he has met during his stay in the National Capital.

Meeting with Diaspora under the hospice of the Ambassador Al Maamoun Keita, the Minister provided fresh news from Mali. According to the Minister, Military is still engaged with terrorists in the North. In the meantime, the Government and all stakeholders are discussing ways to ensure fair and transparent elections in July. The good news is that most partners have or are in the process of reestablishing their cooperation with Mali.  Fortunately, ACFA’s activities have never stopped, including the Zorokoro Complex Project which is on track for a completion this summer. This project will enable to support more vulnerable children.

The United States’ authorities have pledged to support Mali in organizing elections which will lead to reestablishing full cooperation.

A Safe Mali

After having been occupied for months by rebels and extremists, Mali went to war to re-conquer two-thirds of its territory.  As President Obama once said, ”… no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy”.

In Mali, that human tragedy is exponentially extended because (1) the country is one of the poorest countries in the world, and (2) the vulnerable children of Mali are now even more marginalized and used as child soldiers.  The socio-political and economic situation in Mali in 2012, the military coup, and the rebels and the Islamist extremists’ occupation of two-thirds of the country have all shaken ACFA’s vision of “A Mali where all children are protected, safe, healthy, well-nourished, provided a home and an outstanding education that will allow them to be productive and contribute to the social and economic development of the country.”

ACFA has adjusted its strategy to support more vulnerable children in the country.  Your donation will go a long way to help us expand our capacity so that we can achieve our mission “To bring hope to Mali's Vulnerable Children by securing for them a brighter future through the delivery of our programs: nutritious food, health care, safe shelter and education.”

Construction is underway for our new complex which will allow us to quadruple our capacity.  Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share our web- link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on our website to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.