17 January 2017


Our Vice-President Dr Poulton, widely known in Ségou and in Bamako by his Malian name “Macky Tall” – has published a major work on Modern Malian history and terrorism in the Sahara, written together with an Italian researcher on Mali Dr Raffaella Greco Tonegutti, an expert on migrations. They have already published together about Mali in Italian: Silencio su Bamako (Eds Ruitoni, Rome, 2013)

Ask your local library to order a copy of this book for you:

Poulton, Robin Edward and Rafaella Greco Tonegutti. The Limits of Democracy and the Postcolonial Nation State: Mali's democratic experiment falters, while jihad and terrorism grow in the Sahara. Lewiston NY & Lampeter, UK: Mellen Press, October 2016.

Professor Jeremy Keenan writes from SOAS London: “… (ref) your book. I must say that it is absolutely superb - a brilliant piece. It really is an excellent - eye-opening - piece of work. And I love the layout - chapter structures, headings and conversations, etc. I cannot praise it too highly. It is without doubt the best work ever written on contemporary Mali. congratulations on a fabulous piece of work.”

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!