By building ten schools in Mali, African Sky will be supporting rural villages who have requested educational opportunities for children.
Limited access to elementary school education is one of the many faces of endemic poverty. In Mali, a sixth grade education is the highest level of formal education for many rural students. Education beyond the sixth grade typically requires students to move away from their family.
Building elementary and middle schools in rural Mali will increase access to educational opportunities for the children of hard working farm families. We have already built our first school, and this experience enables us to build nine additional schools for approximately $14,000 each (construction, furnishing, and supplies for students and teachers). Because we are contracting and furnishing in "bulk", as well as using locally-sourced materials and labor whenever possible, we have further maximized our modest construction budgets.
African Sky’s mission is to confront endemic poverty in rural Mali through long-term friendships between communities in Mali and the United States. African Sky is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works with individuals and communities to confront some of the devastating effects of endemic poverty and inequality. Our philosophy of community development is based on the belief that humanity's physical, ecological, and spiritual well-being is rooted in universal compassion and sustainable living.
African Sky projects are organized according to four thematic service programs: education, community health, food security, and community arts. More details on the program areas and past and ongoing projects are available at www.africansky.org.