03 February 2017

Le Festival Sur le Niger began on Feb. 1 - Wow!

This video features sampling of the contemporary artist workshops now going on at the festival: visual, spoken word and music arts ...



An ad for the festival, discusses the value of cultural celebrations ...

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


In 2016, $25,000 was raised to send $450,000 worth of materiel that has JUST ARRIVED IN Segou! Project CURE cargo containers of hospital and medical supplies were shipped in December and arrived the last week of January in Segou (Richmond's sister city since 2009). The destination was L’Hôpital Niankoro Fomba and one of its associated community healthcare centers. Segou's sister city committee president, M Madani Sissoko, was on hand with hospital director, Dr. Abdoulaye Sanogo, to accept delivery of the materiel. In partnership with Rotary Club partners in the US and Mali, we are raising funds to send a second container this year. We have commitments for $15,000 and need your help to raise the remaining $10,000. Two anonymous donors have so far pledged $500 each. Perhaps you'll join them!

2017 Goal: $10,000    Raised: $1,000    Remaining: $9,000



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, five 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


Please be generous!