Baobab Learning Center Library
Baobab Learning Center Library

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Women Preparing Shea Butter
Women Preparing Shea Butter

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Shea Butter
Shea Butter

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Baobab Learning Center Library
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Welcome

The Baobab Learning Center (BLC) began in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) charity in the USA, with programs in Mali, Africa. Our programs for the empowerment of children, women, young adults, and communities are supported by generous donations from people like you.

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Our Mission

 

A Brighter Future for Children

​Children in rural areas of the world’s poorest countries like Mali often have little access to education. BLC houses 30 children and provides meals, clothing, and tutoring to 35 others to ensure their success in school and to prepare them to contribute to their communities as good citizens of their country, and good stewards of the land and the water around them​.

Empowering Women

 

​BLC has two shea butter processing facilities where over 100 women learned to process nuts they gather into shea butter to sell in a co-op.  We teach women in the village skills that include cooking, childcare, hygiene, entrepreneurship, and management.​​

Empowering Young Adults

After the Malian army repelled terrorist attacks near our center, vulnerable young adults were invited to hear presentations by educators, health practitioners, and more. The youth then chose one of eight program areas to receive vocational training and internships. Without jobs, young adults are subject to predatory recruitment by ISIS terrorists.

Great news!

Solar Panels

The Baobab Center is grateful to the Rotary Club of San Jose East Evergreen and The Step It Up Foundation for a 2021 grant for solar voltaic panels at our main Center and the two shea butter and grain processing facilities. We will encourage the contractor to include young adults in our programs to assist with the work in the July of 2021 as part of their vocational training.

Empowering Women

LUSH Charity Pot agreed to make a third grant to enhance rural Malian's women's ability to process shea butter and grains to increase their incomes. Over three years, through the generosity of LUSH and individual donors, over 100 women learned techniques for processing nuts and grains and small scale business skills and community solidarity. We support those women with our shea butter and grain processing facilities.

Children and Young Adult Education

Books for Africa has donated more than 50 million books to Africa for the cost of freight. With support from the Balaton Group and a number of donors, we received two thousand books from France in May 2021. The school books, non-fiction and fiction books are helpful in our Center and in support of young adults in the community.

Electro-Clean Disinfectant

Berkeley National Laboratory and graduate students at the UC Berkeley chose the Baobab Learning Center to be trained in assembly of their Electro-Clean machine to make effective low cost disinfectant from water, salt, and electricity. We translated the materials into French and assembled a team including an electrician and doctor to oversee the project. Young adults on our Health Committee will be involved in making the disinfectant, distribution to the communities, and providing information to the public.