01 January 2017

Improving Health Care & Lowering Barriers to Girls' Education

Virginia Friends of Mali invites you to plan your 2017 gift to support our mission through two projects:

Project CURE

- sending cargo containers of hospital and medical supplies to Hopital Niankoro Fomba and the Community Health Care Centers serving the population of Segou, Mali (Richmond's sister city since 2009).

In 2016, $25,000 was raised to send $450,000 worth of materiel that has just arrived in Dakar and is on its way to Segou. In partnership with Rotary Club partners in the US and Mali, we are raising funds to send a second container in 2017. We have commitments for $15,000 and need your help to raise the remaining $10,000.

Project Goal: $ 25,000
2017 Goal: $10,000 (Pledge your support by February)

Richmond House 

- Maaya Muso Girls Empowerment Center to promote leadership roles for women through a range of cultural, artistic, sporting and entrepreneurial activities, built around a library-IT center where women will gain access to the technologies of tomorrow. From Nyéléni to Maaya Musow: nurturing Ségou’s adolescent girls to be tomorrow’s urban leaders & entrepreneurs.

In 2015, 2.5 acres was donated to launch the project. In 2016, the well was completed to supply water for construction phase of the project, including the local manufacture of bricks (banco). Built into this project is requisite that all contracts, materials and employment are locally based. In 2017 the bricks will be made, plans finalized, complex schematics and construction of the first building will begin. 

Project Goal: $ 221,000
2017 Goal: $12,000

We wish you and yours a very happy, productive and compassionate 2017.

30 October 2016

Announcing the 2017 Young Artist and Author Showcase!

The Richmond Sister Cities Commission and the Richmond Public Library is sponsoring the Young Artist and Author Showcase...Deadline is the 17th of February 2017. Please encourage Richmond's youth to participate with our Sister Cities.

The 2017 Theme: We’re Going Places

Sister Cities International aims to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. This year’s theme, "We’re Going Places," showcases the importance of travel and exchange in achieving peace. Students are encouraged to draw inspiration from their experience with sister cities, travel, exchange, international friendships, and their goals to present their vision of where the future will lead.

The Richmond Sister Cities Commission will provide the following Cash prizes:

1st Place - $100.00
2nd Place - $75.00
3rd Place - $50.00

The 1st Place winners in each category will move onto Sister Cities International Competition with opportunity to win the Grand prize of $1,000.00.

Who’s eligible?
Authors and Artists: students who are between 13 and 18 years old at the time of the deadline, and who are affiliated with a dues-paying member of Sister Cities International or a non-U.S. community that is sister cities with a member of Sister Cities International. Filmmakers and Photographers: students who are between 13 and 22 years old at the time of the deadline. All submissions must conform to Sister Cities international’s policy on plagiarism found at sistercities.org/YAAS.


1. Each U.S. member community may submit one (1) piece of art on behalf of their community and one (1) piece of art on behalf of each of their sister city communities. Deadline for local Competition is the 17th of February 2017. 

2. Art must be two dimensional, unframed, and no larger than 24in. x 36in. No photography (see "Photography" below). Media of all other types are encouraged, including pencil, ink, paint, prints, collage, mixed media, etc.
3. Art that does not meet the above criteria will be ineligible and returned to the artist.

Essays and Poems
1. Essays 500 words or less; poems 200 words or less.
2. Multiple entries are allowed for sister city members and international city partners. However, please limit five entries per classroom.

1. All photography must be submitted through Instagram and must include @SisterCitiesInt, #YAAS2017, and the city, state, and country where the photographer is from in the photo’s caption to qualify.

2. Multiple entries are allowed per student.

1. Short films 1-10 minutes in length.

2. Films shot in color or black and white; documentary, fiction, and/or animation are all eligible.

3. Films must be submitted to http://cinequest.org/sister-cities-film-submissions. Access code: sistercities.

1. One (1) U.S. artist, one (1) international artist, one (1) poet, one (1) essayist, (1) photographer, and one (1) filmmaker will be selected as Grand Prize Winners.

2. Each Grand Prize Winner will receive $1,000 cash.

3. Five (5) U.S. and five (5) international finalists will be selected from the artist category.

4. Two (2) finalists will be selected from the poetry category and two (2) finalists from the essay category.

5. Five (5) U.S. finalists and five (5) international finalists will be selected from the photography category.

6. One (1) finalist will be selected from film category.

14 September 2016