Our Projects

Since our founding in 2016, the Baobab Learning Center (BLC) has accomplished a great deal through the generosity of our friends and contributors. Village Elders told our Malian founder and director, Mariama Thera, that for the first time, they have hope for the future. Regional school inspectors commented that our programs led the students in our Center to excel in the Tominian City School, which is a better school than the makeshift schools in the surrounding poor villages. BLC has focused our work on three main areas of focus, we invite you to learn more about our work.

The Baobab Learning Center for Children

 

The Center has grown from 16 children to 30 in residence and 35 more in day programs receiving meals, clothing and tutoring.This year we arranged to receive a donation of 2,000 books from Books for Africa. We needed to pay freight and a small processing fee both of which were covered by a grant from the Balaton Group and support from our donors. 

Women's Empowerment

BLC  built two shea butter and grain processing facilities where over 100 women have learned to process nuts they gather into shea butter which we market for them. They compensate for use of the facilities by helping BLC process shea nuts to raise money for the Center.  

We also teach village mothers cooking, childcare, hygiene, food storage, and entrepreneurship.

Programs for Young Adults

We connect young adults with meaningful internships for vocational training and networking. After the Malian Army repelled an attack near our center, BLC held a summit where young adults subject to predatory recruitment by ISIS terrorists were invited to join one of eight program areas. Participants  heard presentations by educators, health practitioners, and other leaders in order to gain access to vocational training and internships on their life paths.

 

We have also provided bicycles to 35 teenagers to help them attend high school far from their villages, and we offer educational events and summer camps for community service and skills training.