In the middle of September - two weeks before the start of the school
year - one of our children's schools informed us that they have
to close their doors as they were losing their
building. We were faced with a huge challenge - finding a school
on short notice, one that was close enough, one that would take
our children even though they are older (as former street children),
not even thinking of the additional money necessary.
then we found this amazing school - Rosey-Abantara
- which was closer than the old school, and had space and the willingness
to take our children. Because of a Swiss partnership, the school
is very well equipped in every way, with a library,
sports facilities and computer rooms. When they required our children
to have good grades to be accepted, it raised my
hopes that the quality of education might be better as well. It
meant, though, that two non-resident children were not accepted
because of their grades and now attend another school; the remaining
two non-resident kids are going to attend a school closer to their
here to read a newsletter about the school that was released
before the grand opening in 2009.
not-so-good news is that quality costs money, and this school is
more expensive than the previous one. Not only
that, in Mali, when your child changes school, you have to pay a
pricey fee to the government. With 14 children
changing schools - even though it's not our fault - that added up
to $2,400. Thank God there was some understanding on their part,
so we only have to pay half that, i.e. $1,200,
which is still more than we have.
come the enrollment fees with entering a new school
- for the 10 at Rosey, that's $1,500; add to that
the fees for the other 4 children attending different schools. Even
though the school year had started, the director would not let our
children start until he had the enrollment money. Not having the
money, it was hard to have them stay home rather than go to school.
now scratched together that fee, and yesterday was their
first day of school. The children LOVED IT! They came home
all excited, and I can't wait to find out more.
school director gave us just ONE week to pay the
first installment of tuition - another big amount
of money. We're thankful for the handful of donations we've had
to help buy school supplies, uniforms and pay tuition, but we're
VERY FAR from having what's needed. Would
you consider investing into the future of these amazing young men
and women, a new generation of Christian, Malian, leaders that will
change their nation?
I made another amazing discovery: The school director
is the very same man that picked me up at the airport in Bamako
10 years ago when I arrived, put a mattress in his elementary school
for me to sleep on, and was my boss for 2 years while I taught German
at his High School. I can't wait for Paul to actually tell him,
and expect FAVOR to result from this connection!
I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can
say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and
it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
Standing from left: Adama, Suma, Saloum, Joseph, Abdias, Florentin,
Middle: Claudia, Paul, Rokia with Christian, Jérémie,
André, Yacouba, Amadou, Fanta
Sitting from left: Adou, Hama, Boubacar, Bakary, Aaron, Sarata,
- current monthly support, red - support needed