What’s going on in Mali? Volunteering in the shadow of terrorism

We started January with a sold-out event!  

On January 13th, we spent an interesting evening together, where we not only heard reports and future plans, but also enjoyed live Koran music by Lamine Siskora, who blessed the participants of the event with fantastic melodies. 

Morris Andrea (president of the Close to Africa Foundation) and AfriKata went on a volunteer mission to Mali in November. Due to the difficult political situation and terrorism, it was a small miracle that Andi and Kata were able to enter the country. They personally talked about their intense field experiences, the supported children, textbook distribution, emerging difficulties, and the humor of Mali.

Andi and Kata brought home the material for the instruments on their latest trip.

During the event, we presented the 2023 plans of the Close to Africa Foundation, including the goals of the upcoming trip to Rwanda. The trip provides an opportunity for foundation staff to visit the families and schools of supported children in person in order to expand child support. In addition, the expansion of the previously implemented Semmelweis hand washing project to Rwanda is also among the plans. 

Two of our volunteers reported on our Girls Matter! campaign and our achievements so far! (What exactly is this? You can read more about it here: https://projekt.kozelafrikahoz.hu/?fbclid=IwAR2oK52h27cUHfUPH51gyJouMl9zDe1SkX37vIHowCLVoONYX14oFdbDKhU)

 Event attendees got to know the Hint of Africa social enterprise and some even acquired colorful and fun clothing items. 

Authentic African food was provided by Malian university students studying in Hungary, as well as our ambassador Kafiya. Participants could choose from Somali samosas, Senegalese nemu and peanut chicken. 

Cooking team
Sambusa making

We will use the donations collected at our event for our Girls Matter! project. We need 700,000 HUF for our next campaign, of which we have already raised 450,000 HUF with the help of our supporters! 

Thank you for your participation and support!