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Empower Mali and Goal Zero Partner to light Beneko

In Mali, a family spends about 40% of their monthly income on fuel. Compare this to someone in the US that makes 40k/year, this would be about $16,000 dollars. Empower Mali is partnering with Goal Zero to raise funds to ship and install solar panels to Beneko. This is an opportunity to be a part of a project that will transform the lives of citizens in Beneko, Mali! “By bringing...

$20000 Technology Grant awarded by the Sorenson Legacy Foundation

Empower Mali extends their deep appreciation to the Sorenson Legacy Foundation(SLF) for awarding a $20,000 grant that will allow us to bring technology ( tablets/computers) into the learning environment in Mali. Most children in Mali will never see or touch a computer until they attend college. Technology opens doors and minds, taking teaching of our young children in Mali beyond the classroom. The $20,000 will be used to purchase computers and tablets. It will also be used to train teachers/administrators to use...

Afterschool Program: Second Visit to Schools

Empower Mali board member Marissa Coutinho visited 8 more school sites where our After School program is being instituted. She met with principals, teachers and school administrators getting their thoughts on the after school program. Given that it was nearing the end of the year for schools, teachers had assessed the students. Many showed an increase in the students performance. Many administrators requested that the program be conducted in the following school year for the full 9 months instead of just...

Afterschool Program: First Visit to Schools

Empower Mali field director Yeah Samake and board member Marissa Coutinho visited 6 school sites where our After School program is being instituted. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with students from various schools and different ages. Our volunteers are even based in government centers that are experiencing shortages. These centers provide extra aid to academically challenged students. Empower Mali representatives had a chance to talk with principals and teachers from the schools to assess the value of the program....

Empower Mali hosts Governance Summit

April 15-24 2013, Salt Lake City, UTAH; New York City, NY A group of Mayors and City Managers from Mali, West Africa arrived on Monday, April 15 for a 3-day governance summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Malian delegation is led by Empower Mali’s Field Director and Mayor of Ouelessebougou Yeah Samak√©.The summit is made possible in partnership with the Utah League of Cities and Towns and the Empower Mali Foundation. The purpose of the summit is to share skills...

Empower Mali sponsors After School program

Empower Mali is partnering with 30 students from the School on Social Sciences in the capital city of Bamako, Mali to bring extra help to students in various subjects. The program hopes to serve two purposes. One is to increase and highlight citizenship actions in the youth in Mali. The second is to provide additional help to our students. In Mali, schools are overcrowded and the teacher:student ratio is extremely high. In many schools, students are not capable of learning...