Warm greetings from Koro,
Grace School is known in Koro as the school of water, or the school of tall building, or the school of Ten Commandments. These three things make it different from the others for those who know very little about academic performance.
As many did not go to school, it is funny how they prefer naming places or groups of people according to something they see. In the same manner here Christians are called the Alleluia people or the people of the father of Nema (Grace in our language) because the McKinney (first Christian missionary from the US to here in Mopti) had a daughter named Grace. And people heard them shouting Alleluia!!!!
As we always have said in the newsletters, there is an increasing water crisis in Koro. Many families were getting their water from the well by the school since 2015 when we started the construction. Now days, more than a quarter of the town depends on the school’s well for their water. Many are openly expressing their gratitude to all those who made this school possible.
This period is also favorable to fire in houses because of the heat, the drought and the wind. A family hangar caught fire but teachers and construction workers from the school immediately turned into courageous fire fighters and overcame the fire in just a few minutes.
We thank the Lord for the improvement of Abel (school nurse) who had a motorcycle accident a few days ago. He was referred to Sevaré and later to Bamako for advanced medical care. Please thanks the Lord for the good results on the CT scan and treatments and pray that he will be quickly ready to come back to Koro to take care of the students.
Roads are very bad here, provoking many accidents. We know you are praying for us.
The second term is done and students did their second term evaluation.
Because of the water we provide for Koro, we get many visits from the local authorities including the county Mayor, the city Mayor, the water and hygiene department etc. The city Mayor gave instructions to the electricity company to give us electricity. They did in the end allow us to connect the school to the grid through a family.
The maximum Amperes we can use is limited to 5A while our water pump takes 3.8. It makes that we can't use fans or lights while the pump runs.
We still have a way to go for suitable electricity at the school. We are applying for more Amperes, up to 15.
The construction of the third floor is up to the covering process.
Please pray for Mali and West Africa in general. In Mali today there are at least 3 different sources of threat in terms of security. But again we are more than confident in Our God, for He never fails.
We thank you for being part of this great work of life saving and Kingdom enlarging.
God bless you.