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Bamako, Mali

On the 1st of October the 2018-2019 school year began in École Chérifoula!!

The teaching and administrative staff in Bamako and Mme Sissoko (far right), the director

Schoolbook distribution

Thanks to the supporters, we managed to buy the schoolbooks for all our small supportees this year as well. There was great rejoicing when the books were distributed. We've received photos of every child, but they've grown and changed so much recently that we've hardly recognized some of them! We hope that the nice new schoolbooks and the reward for the top six place in the class will only increase further their appetite for learning.

 

 

 

The sanitary rooms have been renewed!

Thanks to the generous donation of the Xeless company, the sanitary rooms of the school have been renewed by the start of the school year, thus, the "Handwash Project" funded by Xeless could take place! Not only one more toilet, but hand wash facilities have also been developed at the school. There can be drinking water at the scool in some days. From our foundation, Morris Andrea, head of the project, travels to Bamako in November to attend the ceremony organized for the initiation of the sanitary unit and to hand over the decorations made by a high school in Budapest that teaches correct hand washing.

You can follow the events of Morris Andrea's trip to Bamako on our Facebook page by following the Xeless-Hand Wash Project Bamako event.

Our "Every Brick Counts" program restarted

If you can support the swift completion of the school in Bamako, please send your donation to us by transfer to the Foundation's bank account number: 10400872-50526751-68831003, with the words "brick ticket" in the remarks box. The next phase of the shool building will be the painting and decoration of the classrooms.

Senegal - Art For Life Program

The school year started in Senegal as well. With the help of our local contributors, we found appropriate schools for all the children in the Art For Life Program and enrolled them. Due to the distances, the children will go to 4 schools, most of them will be study at the schools Ossou and Yeumbeul in Dakar and at Les Cajoutiers in Mbour.

Katalin de Jager and Andrea Gyurácz, representatives of the Foundation, travel to Senegal in early November to visit the schools and families to assess the possibilities for further development of the program. According to our plans, further cooperation can be developed with the  selected schools that we hope will help children learn more successfully.

The group of Travels To Africa Tour Operator will take out the donations sent by the supporters to the children again. If anyone has not brought their personal package to the Foundation's seat, they can do so by 30 October, prior consultation is needed at (06 20) 584 4067 phone number. 

You can read about Katalin and Andrea's Senegalese trip on our Facebook page on a daily basis.

 

Donations on the way to Bamako

From among the donations, 6 notebooks and some of the running shoes collected for the Budapest-Bamako Marathon at the FUTÓEXPO in March has been picked up and is on their way to Bamako in a livestock carrying truck thanks to a person who wishes to remain anonymous. The donations will be handed over to the school by Morris Andrea during her journey to Bamako and the 160 running t-shirts will be distributed to the runners at a foot-race. Since Andrea travels with one person, and the supportees are nearly 80 people, thus, we can not solve the package delivery to our supportees this time unfortunately.

We are negotiating with several freight forwarders in the case of shipping the collected donations in kind (computer network, office equipment (printer, scanner, etc.), school furniture, library books) to Bamako. Because of the distance, shipping is expensive, and unfortunately, tourist groups don't go to Mali (counter to Senegal) who would help in getting out the donations and personal gifts of yours. So we ask for your help again. Please, who can contribute to the shipping cost with an amount that is not burdensome, transfer it to the foundation's account number 10400872-50526751-68831003 with the word "Delivery" in the remarks box. Thank you for your help and understanding!

In a festive spirit

The end of the summer, the beginning of September have also been a busy time for the foundation. We were invited to two large outdoor events. On August 24, we took part in the AFRO-GARDEN evening in Szentendre under the "Szentendre Night and Day" festival. We contributed to the success of this extraordinary party with "African" buffet and a presentation of the continent. The success of the evening has not been ruined even by the rainstorms that came five times - only our paper marketing materials have been destroyed, which have already been replaced, fortunately.

On September 2, we participated in a children's event called Pöttömkert in Budapest Park. Bracelet stitching from raffia and pearls, introduction to drumming held by Abdul Camara, Senegalese dancer and drummer, Awe Coulibaly's Senegalese hair styling art, and the African Buffet of "Ez nekem jó!" Allergen-Free pastry shop have not only inspired the imagination of the children but adults as well.

 

It was a particular pleasure for us at both events that many supporting parents helped our work on the site so we could not only get acquainted and talk, but they got an insight into what we do, so we could share the success and the joy of our work.

Thanks for their unselfish work!

Bamako, Mali

Thanks to the restart of our "Every brick counts" program and the donations collected at the festivals, there is a great progress in building of the 2 extra classrooms in the school in Bamako. The windows and doors has been completed, the rooms have roof, the walls will be plastered until the start of the school year. Also, 4 ceiling fans have been purchased so that students do not sleep during the lessons at 51 ° C heat.

 

The toilets are about to get renewed!

Thanks to the generous donation of Xeless, the toilets of the school gets renewed by the start of the school year! Our foundation has already initiated the supply of drinking water (this is still in process), so thanks to this, the "Hand Wash Project" funded by Xeless could be started. In this context, not only one more toilet, but hand wash facilities are also being developed at the school.

The first Summer School has ended!

The First Summer School started in the beginning of July and it ended in mid-September. High school students took part in an English course, and regarding this, we started negotiations on possible continuation. Evaluation of the results of the programs is still in progress, we will inform you of the result.

 

Our "Every brick counts" program restarted

If you can support the completion of the new classrooms, please send your donation to us by transfer to the Foundation's bank account number: 10400872-50526751-68831003, with the words "brick ticket" in the remarks box. One of the constructed classrooms will be the library where the books and the computer system will be placed.

The next phase of the shool building will be the painting and decoration of the classrooms.

 

Senegal - Art for Life Program

We have great success in the Art for Life program, all of the 17 children attending the program found a supporter, so they can start their studies in a better quality school in October. In the week of September 24th, we will send the tuition fees to the selected schools, about which we will inform the supporters.

The selected schools will soon be contacted by the representatives of the Foundation personally on the site and we will discuss about a possible future cooperation.

The group of Travels To Africa Tour Operator took out the donations sent by the supporters to the children in the Spring. Anyone who did not have a supporter, or the sponsor did not send a personal package, we assembled a small donation that contained personal hygiene goods, T-shirts, and other small gifts. The travel agency has made a video about it what you can watch here:

 

Bamako, Mali

The year-end reports have arrived. This year has brought a lot of happiness and some sadness for us. We are happy, because it seems that our work really has a result. Thanks to the textbooks, almost all of the supported children performed in the better half of their classes. The best performers were:

Among our 2nd grade supportees (6 children), Massitan Bengaly was best of his class, Yaranka Koumare, future film director, who came 2nd and Douncounda Diawara, a boy who was found on a garbage dump, was 6th.
From 3rd grade class Mariam Toure was the best in the class, Yaman Diallo was the 4th best.
Fatoumata Sangare is the best in 4th grade class, Django Sissoko is 3rd, and our two new students, Tiegoko Konate - who doesn't have a supporter yet - was the 4th in the class, and Aissata Diarra came 6th.
Sanata Kanakomo is 3rd in the 6th grade class and Sanata Traore came 6th.
Bekaye Konate, who does not currently have the supporter, from 7th grade class, has the 3rd place.
From 8th grade class, Mariam Sanage came 2nd, Lassine Ballo came 4th and Aminaka Secu Dembele came 5th.

The senior ninth graders - eight students - have all successfully passed the DEF exam and gained the right to further their education.

The ninths graders have performed very well this year: for the first time in the history of the school, the whole class has passed the DEF exam! Hopefully we will know who is going to further their education by the beginning of October - and like this, move to our Together Until Graduation program - and who will not. One of them is the returning Mamadou Barro, who, with the support of the Foundation, has tried again the DEF exam: he did not fail but re-finished the 9th grade, and this year he was the best in the class and gainedthe right to further his Education. Astan Kouma came 2nd, and Kanimba Diakite was the 4th.

Unfortunately, however, there were failures too. As you know, with your help we do not hand out money but we pay tuition fees in exchange for development and good learning outcomes. Thus, the minimum average level required from grades 1st-6th is 6,0 from the maximum of 10,0, the expected level is 12,0 in average from the maximal average of 20,0 for the upper grades. Whoever fails, unfortunately, we have to put them out of the program. That's what happened to a sixth grader and three eighth grader students who did not learn and failed despite repeated warnings. During our personal visit, conversations revealed that the only reason for not learning was their own laziness... We hope that their supporters will help other, well-performing children who are currently not supported in the future!

Students who came the first 6th place in the class will receive a cash prize equivalent to a one-month tuition fee.

In the 2017/18 school year, 77 students of Chérifoula school were helped by the supporters, thanks to their generous help!

 

 

Program guide

 

Our Foundation will participate in the End of Summer Festival in Szentendre on the 24th of August from 16:00 to 24:00! Everyone is welcomed at the Barcsay Court (Szentendre, Dumsta Jenő út 10), at Afro Graden. African music, dance, desserts made from African ingredients, lectures relating to Africa, conversations, sensational atmosphere! All visitors are welcomed!

 

Bamako, Mali

The school year ended in June and we look forward to the year-end reports. We would like to distribute a lot of rewards to our supportees who are among the top six best students in the class!

The first Summer School starts!

In order to keep students from getting lazy in summer, we will launch 2 summer programs thanks to a generous donor, Evgeniy K.'s donation. As a result of the active work of Andrea Morris, the following courses start at the end of July:

1. English course for high school students, 4 hours a week, helping them to learn English well and communicate with their supporters. 6 of our secondary schools supportees participate in the program and will take place in Chérifoula.

2. Remedial courses for students who are a bit lower performers or - God forbid - students who failed in one or two subjects, to succeed in completing the resit exam or to learn the curriculum better. 20 juniors and 16 seniors Will participate in this.

 

Successful DEF exam!

We can present a great success! For the firts time, it seems that this year all eight of the 9th grade supportees successfully passed the so-called. DEF exam, which serves as "small graduation". Each student named 3 high schools in which he / she would like to continue their studies. The ministry will determine which one will they actually go to. We will know who gets into which high school in September! Congratulations and we are very proud of them!

Our "Every brick counts" program restarted

In order to finish the new 2 classrooms that have been constructed by the spring, we restart our "Every brick counts!" program. According to the information provided by the school, 6 windows, 2 doors, plastering of the rooms, the completion of electric installation would be needed for this, and they plan to paint the school as well. The drinking water project has reached the finish line, there will be fresh water at the school soon!

Financing the production and installation of the 6 Windows is solved by a generous donor, Evgeniy K., we have already sent out the necessary amount.

To achieve the other goals, brick tickets can be purchased at a minimum of 500 HUF / brick, either in cash or by bank transfer.

If you can support the completion of the school, please send your donation to us by transfer to the Foundation's account number 10400872-50526751-68831003, with the words "brick ticket" in the remarks box. One of the constructed classrooms will be the library where the books and the computer system will be placed.

 

Senegal - Art for Life Program

In the Art for Life program we are still looking for a school for the children. As they live in Dakar and Mbour (nearby but 70 km from Dakar), in different districts, we choose from several schools in which we will enroll them for the next school Year.

The organization of the two-week art camp is also in progress, and there will be 3 hours dance and 3 hours music education a day as planned. We look for financial resources so that we can not only provide training, but also some experience for the children, and even if only for days or hours, but we can take them out from their everyday environment. Our goal is to teach children to learn small productions beyond learning the profession to be able to perform in Dakar and other schools, preparing for their further careers and making a small extra income occasionally. If you would like to contribute to the implementation of the program, please contact us at agyuracz@afrikamaskent.hu by e-mail.

 

The night of museums

On 23 June 2018, under the Night of Museums, in sensational African atmosphere with background music of Senegalese drums, we successfully introduced ourselves to visitors interested in Africa in the yard of the Geographical Museum. We met many kind, interested, helpful people, thank them for their support and donations! After the event, the number of likes of our Facebook page has reached another milestone: we have more than 400 people now! In fact, we got two 5 * ratings! Desserts made of African ingredients by"Ez nekem jó!" allergy-free confectionery offered in return for donation were great success again!

 

Mali, Bamako - June 2018

The school year is almost over and we are looking forward to see the end-of-year school reports. We would like to distribute many rewards to our supportees who are among the top six students in the class.

In order to keep students from getting lazy in the summer, we will launch 2 summer programs thanks to a generous donor, Evgeniy K.'s donation:

1. English course for high school students, 4 hours a week, helping them to learn English well in time and communicate with their supporters.

2. Remedial courses for students who are a bit lower performers or - God forbid - students who failed in one or two subjects, to succeed in completing the resit exam or to learn the curriculum better.

 

Our "Every brick counts" program restarts

In order to finish the new 2 classrooms that have been constructed by the spring, we will restart our "Every brick counts!" program. According to the information provided by the school, 6 windows, 2 doors, plastering of the rooms, the completion of electric installation would be needed for this, and they plan to paint the school as well. Financing the production and installation of the 6 windows seems to be solved by a generous donor, Evgeniy K. To achieve the other goals, bricks can be purchased at a minimum of 500 HUF / brick, either in cash or by bank transfer.

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f you can support the completion of the school, please send your donation to us by transfer to the Foundation's account number 10400872-50526751-68831003, with the words "brick ticket" in the remarks box. One of the constructed classrooms will be the library where the books and the computer system will be placed.

 

Our first high school graduate

Sanssoba Coulibaly has completed school-leaving exams, results are expected in July. Sanssoba thinks the exams were easy, though English exam was hard to pass. We hope our summer program which we organize at the school in Bamako helps her too!

 

Discover Africa!

The success of our lecture series continued in May and June. We would like to thank the students and teachers of the Dr. Béres József Elementary School of Budapest and the Táncsics Mihály Elementary School and High School for school supplies, books, backpacks and other useful donations put in the collection boxes that were placed there.

Special thanks to Dr Béres József Elementary School for the 15 complete computers that were sent to the school in Bamako as a donation. Thank them for their help!

Send a book to Mali

Our library project took a new impetus at the end of the school year. The offerings are coming, not only from schools but also from publishers. Thanks to Klett Publishing, which has added very useful textbooks and posters to our collections! Also under the program, we received two laptops and a desktop computer from other generous donors.

 

 

Our first high-school graduate!

Sanssoba Coulibaly will be graduating on 18 June! Sanssoba is one of our first supported students, she wants to be a lawyer, so she is applying to law school after graduation. Meanwhile, she came of age what she celebrated with her friends with a big party at the French Institute in Bamako. Sanssoba is in daily contact with his Hungarian sponsor, they chat regularly! She asked her sponsor to pay the supplementary preparatory course for her matriculation as a gift, her sponsor fulfilled this request pleasure. We hope we can report on more and more success stories like this!

 

The April certificates have arrived!

The April and the second quarter term certificates have arrived! We will send them soon to all supporters! There seems to be a big competition for cash prizes offered for the top 6 places in the class, better and better certificates have been issued!

Our Discover Africa! lecture series is a great success. In April-May, we lectured twice a week on African children's lives, school conditions, in primary and secondary schools in Budapest. A lot of school supplies and donations were offered to us by children and teachers who heard the lecture. Thank you for your help!

 

Senegal - Art for Life Program

Our Art for Life Program has taken new impetus this year. Now there is only two children who does not have a supporter! We would like to organize a 2-week art camp for the children in the summer, where they can participate in intensive training by renowned Senegalese artists. On the basis of available funds, we can arrange it at a beautiful place by the sea or in Dakar. Our goal is to teach children to learn small productions beyond learning the profession to be able to perform in Dakar and other schools, preparing for their further careers and making a small extra income occasionally. Private schools are in the process of being selected where the children will be transferred from the next school year to get more quality training and more useful knowledge. As the children live in two separate districts, we are looking for 2 schools, we will contact them to explore the possibilities of further co-operation. The remaining amount beyond the tuition fee and the breakfast buffet will be spent on the art camp. If you would like to contribute to the implementation of the program, please contact us at agyuracz@afrikamaskent.hu by e-mail.

 

PROGRAM GUIDE

This year's theme of the Hungarian Geographical Museum Will be the DIVERSE AFRICA in the Framework of Night of Museums 2018, to which our foundation is also invited. You can meet us during the program that contains interesting Africa lectures, exhibitions, children's programs, Senegalese music and dance shows. Please Come and visit us!

Location: Hungarian Geograchical Museum, Érd, Balatoni út 4.

Date: 23 June 2018, from 6PM

 

VISIT TO BAMAKO - 5. April 2018.

Györgyi Szabó and Ágnes Simigh, associate and volunteer from the African-Hungarian Union, visited Bamako to discuss their own program of support for disabled children. They offered to go to Chérifoula during the visit, hand over our shipments and negotiate pre-agreed agenda items. As a result of the visit, we have learnt the following:

1. Two new classrooms were built by using the amount of the brick tickets handed over last year! Only the roofs have to be built now! It is planned to start teaching in the classrooms in the 2018/19 school year. They also would like to paint and decorate the rooms before the school year starts.

2. The founder of the school plans to start high school education soon for those who pass the final exam at the end of the 9th grade (see our 1. Newsletter of the school system). Thus, Chérfoula students and those who want to go to high school do not have to spend hours with travelling and walking to school, but they can study on the spot.

3. For those who are "not the smartest", we would like to provide the possibility of learning specialized profession. Under this, we want to start a sewing school where those who like it can learn this beautiful profession! So we have a new project: We collect functioning sewing machines and parts, threads, fabrics and textile goods. Please, if anyone has an unused, replaced but still functioning sewing machine, get them to us! Please contact us by info@afrikamaskent.hu e-mail! Thank You!

4. There is currently no drinking or running water at the school. HÍD Adótanácsadó Zrt. has financed our project to have a water supply in the school. These funds were taken by Györgyi to Bamako and we have an agreement that the project will be completed by the 30th June at the latest. Thus, the unhealthy drinking water problem will be solved, so children will have fresh water! We thank HÍD Adótanácsadó Zrt. for the generous offer. After the plumbing is done, girls will not have to carry water in big barrels to the school every day! Their thin shape was just wobbling under the heavy weight as they tried balancing the load on their shoulders.

5. The most important thing for the school is to design a computer and an IT room. Unfortunately, there is only one functioning computer left at the school - two years ago there were 7, last year there were 3 machines. It was a great pleasure when the laptop, a gift from a generous donor, Balázs J., and the two smartphones collected by our board member György Szabó, were delivered! One of the phones were given to the school principal and the other to our high school contact girl, Sanssoba Coulibaly. We hope that we will no longer have a problem with communication. Our foundation is looking for supporters who can fund the monthly Internet charges of the school for 15,000-20,000 CFA (about 7,500-10,000 HUF / month). Furthermore, we are collecting again used, but still functioning desktops, laptops, monitors and keyboards, mouse as well to be used by children in the library and the computer room during and after school hours. Please, if anyone has replaced, used but still working computer, send them to us! We continue to collect French and English textbooks, children's and youth books. Please contact us by info@afrikamaskent.hu email, if you can help! Thank You!

6. As all of our children are currently supported, we asked Mme Sissoko, the school principal to choose 6 new talented children. The information sheets of Kadia Samake (10 years old), Bintou Sissoko (11 years old), Tiémako Konaté (11), Aissata Diarra (11), Moussa Bakary Traoré (13), Badara Alou Ballo (7 years old) will soon be on the website. In the picture, they are sitting a bit frightened with their parents before the "admission interview".

7. Györgyi handed over the scholarships for our high school students. We have also agreed with the school that if we find a sponsor for the project, the school provides a schoolroom for the high school students to learn English 2-3 hours a week, a total of 6,000 CFA (3,000 Ft) per lesson, thus helping not only English learning but also the communication with the supporters in English!

 

 

School report cards and prize-giving in Bamako; Program evaluation

Our program in Bamako is 4 years old this year. During the four years several  supported students of ours finished primary school, seven of them furthened their education, the others did not. Even those who are no longer students are in the 27% of Mali's population who finish the 9 grade primary school at all!

When we started the program in 2014, we had not had evolved, mature ideas. We just wanted to help disadvantaged, talented children to go to school. The 4 years experience is partly joyful and partly a cause for a bit of sadness. The reasons for these are: the cause of pleasure is the increase in number of children who can continue to study in high school. The children selected in 2017 were actually selected on the basis of predetermined criteria based on talent and diligence. The reason for sadness is, unfortunately, many of the children selected for the first time in 2014 do not / did not make use of the possibility and did not learn so well. There are some who are lazy, who prefer watching TV or playing football on the street. It should be noted, however, that girls are increasingly involved in household work and family maintenance over time. Thus, their time spent learning in a family where parents do not understand the importance of learning and the great opportunity provided by supporters, unfortunately, the children do not learn well. In 2017-2018, we had to bid farewell to two of the children whose performance was substandard and failed in spite of multiple warnings. We know about them that they were only lazy...

The schoolbook program has brought spectacular improvements in the results of the majority of children. Now only 33 out of the 75 children are below the prescribed 6 and 12 grade point averages. There are very few who are not even close to this grade point average. They are largely from among the children of 2014, mostly girls from 7-9. class. They will be warned again and we try to find out the cause and background of the bad results. As their supporters stick by the children, we have decided that if the supporters agree and continue to support them, we will continue to pay their tuition fees so that they can complete the primary school.

We have been pleased to see after the certificates have been processed, 2/3 of the 75 supported is in the first 50% of their class and 16 students are in the 1-6. best student of their class! We gave them an extra bounty, we paid one-month tuition fee for them. It seems that we have found the major incentive because of the prize-giving received much attention among both parents and children. We look forward to the next school report cards and hope that we will be able to distribute more rewards. Our rewarded students were the following (year of getting into the program, rank): Hawa Diarra (2014; 6), Sanata Kanakomo (2014; 2), Yaranka Koumare (2017; 4), Mariam Toure (2017-2), Yaman Diallo (2017, 2), Fatoumata Sangare (2017, 2), Django Sissoko (2017, 1), Sanata Traore (2017, 3), Bekaya Konate (2017, ), Djigui Berke Traore (2017, 5), Mariam Sangare (2017, 3) and Astana kouma (2017, 2).

 

Art for life program - new children

It seems that after the initial stagnation, this program is also flying! Jim de Jager and György Szabó - thanks to Ildikó Szilasi and the enthusiastic team of Utazz Africa Travel Agency - during their journey to Dakar, they visited our existing 9 children in their homes and took up another 8 budding artists selected by Abdul Camara, a Senegalese dance artist from Hungary, whose profiles have already been posted on our website. Thus, the number of the supported students of our Senegalese program has increased to 17! We also found supporters for a couple of children at the Africa Expo.

It is important to know that although the amount of support for the Senegalese children is HUF 6,000, a child can be supported by more than one person, thus the cost can be shared!

DISCOVER AFRICA!

Our "Discover Africa" program has also begun. Andrea Morris has held pictured, interactive, very successful presentations for children at several schools about the school in Bamako and the lives of children studying there. The children's consternation was visible after the pictures and the circumstances were shown, and they tried to find out more with their inquiring questions about the lives of their contemporaries born into worse circumstances. It was touching to see the manifestation of the will to help after the presentations!

AFRIKA EXPO 2018

Thanks for so many of you have come to see us on Africa Expo this year and

  • listened to our lectures about the Budapest-Bamako rally, the family visits in Dakar, our Bamako program and about Africa in general
  • sent a book to Mali by a symbolic purchase,
  • contributed to our library and computer room construction plans,
  • within the framework of the FUTO EXPO collection, they brought running shoes for the Bamako-Budapest Marathon, which will be held during our next visit! 400 T-shirts and 60 pairs of shoes have been collected in 2 days, which will be apportioned between the participants who finish the race. Thank you!

All of our schoolchildren in Bamako and many of our Senegalese budding artists have become supported during the EXPO!

Special thanks to the "Ez Nekem Jó" allergen-free bakery, which treated our donors with African puddings, cakes, bread, rooibos tea and Ethiopian coffee!

We thank Julian Láng, writer, for accepting our invitation to the EXPO and for allowing us to publish her work about the West African writers "Women at the Well". This publication, which is used to fund the creation of the Bamako library, can be ordered by our Foundation for a $ 1,500 donation.

Special thanks to our volunteers, who expounded our programs with sustained enthusiasm, found supporters for our children and collected T-shirts and shoes at the FUTÓ EXPO! Our youngest volunteer was 13, and the oldest was 81 years old!

 

 

Introduction meeting of the Africa Another Way Foundation 

 

 

   

The new school year has started in Bamako too !

 

After the floodings and storms of August the damages in the school building were greater then in other years. The walls needed strenghening, some new doors got built in, and the roof needed some repair too.

But after a big cleanup the new school year could be opened in the first week of October.

With your support, the building and the classrooms can be renovated and rebuilt.