I talked to Ibrahima recently about Grace School. Although he is disappointed in the end of year test scores, there are still great things happening. The building project is moving along nicely now. Plenty of rain has made a tremendous difference.
As important as the new building is to all of us however, it is the students that matter most. I asked him to tell me about one student of which he is especially proud. He told me about Lamine Konate.
Lamine is one of the few that passed the 9th grade DEF exam this year. This means he will be able to move right into high school in the fall. He is excited to study science there, as his dream is to be an engineer.
Like many rural children lucky enough to attend school, he and his brother, who will be in third grade at Grace in the fall, don’t live with their parents. In this case they live with an uncle in Koro.
Ibrahima says that Lamine is very hardworking and disciplined. He even volunteered to wash the Malian flag. The flag gets very dusty and dirty so he washes it every other week. This is something he chose to do of his own accord and shows the energy and enthusiasm that is frankly not that unusual at Grace. All students there take pride in their school. On Fridays they clean and sweep the yard and the street. Every day after school the boys wash the chalkboards and the girls sweep the classrooms.
We at Grace Missions are so proud of Lamine and all of the other wonderful children at the school. We are excited about the upcoming school year. Please keep the children, Ibrahima, Rachel and the teachers in your prayers. Also please consider a one time or recurring gift so that we can continue to grow the school. This is important work.