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Dongorona Academy Update

We are making some great progress on the Micah Shea Watkins Academy of Dongorona!! After a month of hard work on site, the building is now up to roof level. Currently stucco is being placed on the walls. The roof has been purchased and will be installed in the weeks to come. We are very excited with all the progress and even more for the school to be ready for our children in Dongorona to use. Currently 60+ children will...

Groundbreaking of the Micah Shea Watkins Academy of Dongorona

The village of Dongorona celebrated the groundbreaking of the first middle school in their village. This middle school is made possible by a kind donation from the Watkins family in Alpine, Utah in the name of their daughter Micah Shea Watkins. The rural village of Dongorona is situated in the community of Oueléssébougou, Mali. With a population of 1300 households, there are 260 children currently attending primary and middle school. Many more have dropped out  after 6th grade. The primary school,...

Alpine Mayor Watkins & Family donate a middle school and tractor

Empower Mali extends their deep appreciation on behalf of the people of Dongorona, Mali to Alpine, Utah Mayor Watkins and his family. This  generous donation from the Watkins family is a twofold blessing and will help fund a three classroom middle school and one tractor as part of a food security project. The rural village of Dongorona is situated in the community of Oueléssébougou, Mali. With a population of 1300 households, there are 260 children currently attending primary and middle school....

Alpine Technical Services and AllChem Donate Potable Clean Water System

Empower Mali extends their deep appreciation on behalf of the people of Dongorona, Mali to ATS and AllChem. Mali is one of the poorest nations on earth. Without access to safe water, communities are unable to take their first essential step out of poverty. With a population of 14.9 million people, Mali doesn’t yet have access to safe water. More than 15,000 children die each year from dysentery and diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. Alpine Technical Services, in partnership...

Village of Dongorona will get its own Middle School

Every day, after hurriedly completing his morning chores, Moriba Samake, will set out with his friends  on the long main road from his village of Dongorona to the neighboring village of Simidji. The main road is a busy one with many cars/trucks/buses traveling to their destinations in the big city of Sikasso. Each morning, he will attend classes at the middle school there and then walk back to Dongorona for lunch. After a quick lunch he will once again make...

Falla Academy Update

We are excited to share the progress of the construction of our middle school! In the last few weeks, the main building has reached mid way height. The foundations have been dug for the toilets, directors office and the teachers housing. We are eager to finish before the rainy seasons set in! ...

$5000 donated by the Nelson Family

Empower Mali extends their deep appreciation on behalf of the children of Falla, Mali to the Nelson family. A $5,000 donation will allow the Falla Academy to be fully equipped with textbooks. One of the core challenges of education in Mali is the access to textbooks and reading materials. While attendance in schools is free in Mali, the cost of school materials is not. Each book will cost about $5-10 with there being a need for 6-9 books. In Mali, where...

Construction Begins of FALLA Academy

On February 7th, Empower Mali representatives laid the first stone for our new middle school in the rural village of Falla, Mali. Falla, which has a population of 1,587 children is a 6 hour dusty and bumpy ride from the main city of Bamako. It is a very remote village located in the circle of Kolondieba in the Sikasso region. Currently, there is a primary school in the village. After 6th grade, some children will walk 7-12 KM to middle schools...

Supporting Clean Energy in Mali through a $15K donation

Empower Mali is excited to team up yet again with the Building Youth Around the World Foundation. In a further commitment to improving the lives of the children and citizens of the village of Ferekoroba, the BYAW foundation has donated $15,000.00 to installing a electricity generating playground, battery packs, a solar panel and 40 lanterns. The check was handed over by the McCracken family to EM Board Member James Arrington. In Mali, 80% of the population resides in the rural areas...

Raising Final $8,000 for Falla Academy

Thanks to all donors who answered our call to donate to our middle school in FALLA. YOU helped us raise 61% of our $8,000 goal: $4,910.00 towards our Falla Academy!!! Now we only need to raise $3090.00 more. You can still donate online and securely to FALLA via our Paypal HERE In some parts of the world, students are going to school everyday. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world,...