Charity sale raises money to build new school in Mali

Back in April, Uptown customers helped us raise a total of $51,613 during our charity Fill-a-Bag sale. Funds have gone towards building the first of three schools in Africa.  We are so excited to show you the progress that is being made on the first school in Bromba, Mali. The community officially broke ground on July 2.

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Bromba is a remote village in Mali. With a population of more than 14 million and ranked the 12th poorest country in the world, Mali also has one of the lowest literacy rates at 38 percent—with females at only 17 percent. Below are pictures of the actual school in Bromba.

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Currently 113 students, 50 of whom are girls, attend school in three temporary classrooms and are taught only up to the fourth grade. With the new school, it is anticipated that higher grades will be offered.

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Our partner, buildOn, required that every adult in Bromba sign an agreement to help build this school and maintain it.  The agreement stated they had to provide the land, local material and labor as well as send an equal number of girls and boys to school.  We love that this school is a community project—not just a gift. Many of the women who signed the covenant did so with a thumbprint because they don’t know how to write their names. We’re thrilled to bring literacy to this village through the building of this new school.

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We’ll post more photos as we get them!  If you didn’t make it to our first charity Fill-a-Bag sale, be sure to come support this great cause in November.  You’ll get a large Uptown bag to fill with specially marked product for just a $15 donation to buildOn and to our second and third schools in Senegal and Burkina Faso.

To read the entire Groundbreak Report, click here.

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