On October 28, IFE Mali volunteers launched their education project called "Their Lives Matter" or "Sini" (Tomorrow" in Bambara local language. This project aims to re-enroll at school children and teenagers who dropped out school to work in artisanal gold mines in southern Mali. Estimates shows that thousands of students, boys and girls, abandoned class to help their parents working in the gold mines due to poverty and especially climate change which is negatively affecting agriculture, considered for long time as the main income generating activity for many households in Mali.
With this project, IFE Mali intend to partner with local authorities in target communities, to enroll dozen of children at school; provide them with scholarships and also food while studying. We also intend to include technology teaching in the study curriculum in villages where we work. We hope that this will encourage more students to remain at school considering the influence of evolving mobile technology on the life of these kids.
Their Lives Project will be implemented from November 2017 to June 2019, with a budget of $50,000. Less than 2% of the total budget for this project has been raised so far, mainly contributions from volunteers in Mali. We are committed to working with our partners in the United States, Africa and Europe to raise more funds in order to fully implement in this important project for Mali and Malians and the humanity.