Even with severe instability in Mali, our sister organization confirms that 23 students, who have received scholarships year after year, are still in school! All but one 6th grader have progressed to higher grades. Here is the breakdown for the 2017-2018 school year which began in early October. Continue reading “Back to School News – 2017”
Fatoumata Coulibaly, the president of our sister organization, says “Even though the conflict in Mali is extremely tense, there is a little hope and good news.” During her recent trip to the villages, parents express their eagerness for their daughters to go to school. Many of the girls who receive our scholarships confirm this attitude. Djéneba Doumbia reports:
“My grandfather and my father encouraged me a lot to continue my studies.”
Even mothers, who need their daughters to help at home, tell Les Filles Unies how proud they are that their girls can read and write. What’s really promising is that many of the scholars interviewed recently by Les Filles Unies say they feel more respected. Kadia Coulibaly, who just completed 6th grade, claims:
“At my school, now the girls and boys are treated the same way, and in fact in my class the girls are doing better than the boys.” Continue reading “Mali Girls Scholarship Program News”
Update: Thank you for coming to our fundraiser! With your help, our final total came to over $700 in donations! That can cover the fees and costs for about nine girls in our Mali Girls Scholarship Program. Continue reading “DC Area Fundraiser!”
“Since I’ve gone to school, my life has changed…”
Here is an interview recently conducted by Fatoumata Coulibaly, the president of our sister organization in Mali, with Awa Coulibaly (no relation).
Translated by Sophie C., Bethesda Chevy Chase HS School Girls Unite member
I was born in 1998 in Sanandjè (located about 75 km from the capital city of Bamako). I started receiving scholarships in 2005, thanks to Les Filles Unies and SGU. My parents didn’t have the money to send me to school so this scholarship allowed me to have access to an education. It was a lucky opportunity for me to go to school. Thank God since I started school, I haven’t had to repeat one class between my 1st and 9th year.