This is the home of the Friends of Mali group. Although most of us are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from Mali, everyone is welcome, both as members and guests. Due to limited resources, the homepage is not updated as often as we would like, but the announcements and discussion forums are lively places to, share, request and receive information about Mali.
Mali Now festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art2014.08.13
Teresa Cajigas writes: I am writing to let you know about the Mali Now festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, beginning September 2014 with a conversation series by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and guests. The festival also includes a performance by Salif Keita, and Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba.
Help translate "Where there is no doctor" into Bambara?2012.05.28
A small group of us have decided to have the book "Where There Is No Doctor" translated into Bambara. We recently met with the publisher, Hesperian Foundation, in Berkeley. We left the meeting feeling slightly daunted, as it can be a long, expensive process (typically 2-3 years and up to $25,000), but also feeling inspired. It's already been translated into 80 languages; why not Bambara next? No sooner than we started discussing it, the coup happened, making it seem like a crazy time to try to do anything in Mali. But I've been in touch with Bocar Bocoum, who is still the training director for PC Mali, and he expressed a lot of enthusiasm and willingness to help. I suppose they don't have much work to do with no volunteers in country? Really, it's hard to contemplate; it's so sad what is happening.
Need to interview a Malian for a World Issues course 2010.12.05
writes: I am a student at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and am looking for someone who was born and raised in Mali, Africa who would be willing to be interviewed about their culture for my World Issues course. It can be via e-mail, phone, chat, etc. If you know someone could you please let me know as soon as possible. I would greatly appreciate it.
Request For Assistance In Locating Mali RPCV2010.12.05
Dan Jenkins writes:
This is a request for assistance in locating a former PCV health worker in Mali.
I served as a PCV in Nepal during the mid-1970's. I have special interest in the PC recruiting film "The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love" (produced in 1978) because I know one of the three volunteers featured in that movie.
My village water supply group trained with a suspension bridge building group, and so all of us got to know Alan. Alan was a mid-service bridge-builder who helped to train an incoming group while on-site construction work was at a standstill during the monsoon, and he is also the is one of the volunteers featured in the film.
Members of our combined training groups recently re-located each other, and many gathered for a weekend together. Alan and two other of our technical trainers were able to join us.
As a result, we got to thinking about finding a copy of this venerable 16mm PC recruiting film, which some of us had seen along the way, and then arranging to reproduce it in a modern format. It turns out that the Peace Corps was quite willing to provide us with a DVD copy.
During a phone conversation with the PC Video Production Manager, I learned that she is interested in re-contacting and interviewing all three of the volunteers in the film. She asked if I happened to know the bridge builder in Nepal, since I had been there at about the same time, and of course I had just seen Alan a few weeks earlier at our gathering.. The names of the three volunteers are apparently lost to the current Peace Corps staff, since none are listed in the film credits.
You can likely guess where I am headed next, as one of the volunteers in the film was a health care worker, likely in Mali. Peace Corps seems to think the country was Niger, but a RPCV who served in Niger and who knows the film just informed me that Mali is the correct location.
The volunteer (a medical lab technician) was probably there sometime in the 1975 to 1977 time frame.
We are working to get the DVD version of the film somehow posted on the Web. I will let you know when this is accomplished, as it will likely help to jog memories.
I am very careful about personal privacy, and realize that this person may not wish to be contacted nor to have anything to do with the Peace Corps. However, she might also be as pleased as Alan has been for the opportunity to comment again about her experiences, so I have set about trying to learn her name and where she might be now.
The third volunteer served in Columbia, and we hope to find a way to contact her as well.by email.
New Documentary: Barefoot to Timbuktu2010.02.21
Martina Egi is the director of a new documentary movie, which starts on 12th of February in the Quad-Cinema in
New York. The film is called "Barefoot to Timbuktu". It's about Ernst Aebi, a Swiss-American guy, who tried to
save the village Araouane 20 years ago.
Job opportunity in Burkina Faso 2007.09.21
Pediatric AIDS Corps Physician, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Interested in a PC "Class Ring"? 2007.09.21
Gary hunt, Sikasso 77-79, sends along this message:
" I was a volunteer in Sikasso, Mali, teaching carpentry from 1977
to 1979, and I have always been disappointed by the fact that nobody makes
available a "class" ring for Peace Corps volunteers as a memento
of our service. I have contacted Peace Corps a number of times, and nobody
Visual Griots comes to New York! 2007.09.12
Presented by the Museum for African Art, Visual Griots of Mali: An Exhibit of Photography by African Youth has landed in New York. After successful shows at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Kansas City Public Library, Shawn Davis' expo is currently on view at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, 220 Vesey St, NY, NY. Hours are 12-6 Tues-Fri and 1-5 Sat & Sun, Sept 7 to Nov 25 2007. More information is available here.
New Anti-Spam system on the Announcements page 2006.11.01
We have a new anti-spam system on the Announcements page. This was necessary because we were getting upwards of 200 spam messages a day on the page, which I had to delete one by one. For a discussion on this phenomenon, check out David Pogue's blog post or the Wikipedia entry. We are starting with a very simple system - you just have to answer the very simple question.
Thanks for your patience.
Salif Keita tour dates
6/28/06 Washington DC Lisner Auditorium
AMADOU & MIRIAM tour dates
July 5 - Montreal, QUE - Metropolis
Looking for Soninke and Bambara interpreters
Lionbridge Interpretation Services works with the U.S. Department of Justice to fill all Immigration Court cases with interpreters for all languages nationwide. Two of their priority languages at this time are Soninke and Bambara in the NYC/NJ and MD/DC/VA areas. More information is available here on our discussion boards.
New Newsletter Editor! 2005.09.01
Friends of Mali is thrilled to welcome Jennifer Fowler, Segou 96-98, as our new newsletter editor. We hope to publish the next issue by the end of September. If you have announcements or content that you would like to share, please forward them
Soninke Speakers or FGM experts out there? 2005.07.01
Jessica Salsbury is looking for a Soninke speaker in Richmond, VA to help a young malian woman in an asylum case who is fleeing female genital mutilation in Mali. You can contact her by phone at (202) 274-4147 or by
NPCA MicroEnterprise Program
How fast would you jump at the opportunity to assist families in the
Asian region to break the cycle of poverty while you earn interest on
the money you have invested in helping them?
New Peace Corps Partenerships Projects
Our Projects page features 9 new PCV projects that need and deserve financial support. Please check them out--maybe one of them is in your town of service!
New FOM Partnership - Calabash Music
Looking for beautiful, unique greeting cards? Check out Shawn Davis's "Malian Greeting Cards" series, for sale via the FOM webstore. They're for sale as a ten-pack (2 each of 5 images) - click here to see them all.
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