Life goes on in Mali. It is the dry season so 100-degree heat and no rain expected until April or May. Water and food are always in short supply. Ebola is a real concern even in Koro, far away from the capital where the few cases have occurred. And yet, life goes on. Just like life in the US really. The challenges are different but stress and fear and sorrow are universal.
And yet, so are joy and community and laughter. At Grace school things seem to be taken in stride. Safe practices and practical information concerning Ebola are now taught in biology class at all levels. Rather than a hug and a handshake, people for now greet each other by crossing their hands on their chest. The 78 children are learning and thriving. Their faith and trust in God is growing as well. Education and faith will carry them far as these children start local businesses, become community leaders and work to make their corner of the world a better place.
The partnership between Grace school and those in the US that care for these children is dependent on our prayers and financial donations. The new school will begin construction as soon as the land situation is finalized. Ibrahima continues to carefully negotiate, ensuring that we get the best location and enough land to eventually build the nine classrooms. The money for the first phase of the school has been raised and set aside. The school still has monthly expenses however and your ongoing support isneeded. As we cover the monthly expenses any extra will be put into the building fund as we start to plan the second phase of construction.
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