Kini Fe: Connecting Former Peace Corps Volunteers With Their Host Families

By Nicoletta Richardson.     In 2004, African Sky was born out of love for and the desire to spread awareness of the people and cultures of Mali. Since then, African Sky has developed a wide array of unique collaborations with individuals and groups who share a passion for Mali. So just over a year ago when African Sky founder Scott Lacy heard about two retired Peace Corps volunteers wanting to reconnect individuals like themselves withContinue reading Kini Fe: Connecting Former Peace Corps Volunteers With Their Host Families

Passport to Literacy Event Provides Education for Dozens of Women in Mali

By Amy Freels.    African Sky held an event at the Mucky Duck Brewery in May to benefit women in Mali in regard to literacy opportunities. Attendees learned how their support of literacy programs will not only empower women in rural villages, it will also strengthen entire families and communities. The event raised enough funds to send 38 women to school at the literacy center in Zeala for one year.  Dozens of African Sky supportersContinue reading Passport to Literacy Event Provides Education for Dozens of Women in Mali

10th Annual Silent Auction Benefit Our Best Yet

By Jenny Cordle.    The African Sky leadership team, board members and volunteers invited the global community to the Annual Silent Auction Benefit in Akron, Ohio, September 18, 2016. African Sky Executive Director and Founder Scott Lacy shared his passion for partnerships between Mali and the United States. The evening also included an exciting African Sky leadership panel that highlighted recent achievements by our project and administrative leaders. Scott and the leadership panelists encouraged theContinue reading 10th Annual Silent Auction Benefit Our Best Yet

Malians and Americans Connect Through African Sky’s Education Programs

By Jenny Rulon. When Eliza Swedenborg returned to the United States after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali from 2010 to 2012, she felt a desire to remain connected to the people of Mali. “I learned so much from my experience, and I can never repay the generosity I was shown by the community I lived in,” she said. “I joined African Sky because I love the long-term relationships with Malian communities, theContinue reading Malians and Americans Connect Through African Sky’s Education Programs

Mali Women ‘Come Out of the Darkness’ Through Literacy Program

By Jenny Cordle. When Colleen Naughton was forced to evacuate her Peace Corps post in Mali’s capital in 2012, she had no doubt that she would return. “It’s become a second home, with just amazing people, pretty extreme poverty—but everyone is very welcoming,” she said. “The culture is so rich.” Mali on a map takes the shape of butterfly wings. Both wings encapsulate sub-Saharan ethnic groups boasting rich cultural heritage and the wealth of familialContinue reading Mali Women ‘Come Out of the Darkness’ Through Literacy Program

African Sky Announces New Strategic Plan

By Jenny Cordle. African Sky has announced a new strategic plan to guide the organization in its planning, activities, and initiatives. The strategic plan includes the organization’s mission, vision, strategic priorities, goals, and key objectives. African Sky is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers, most of whom served as United States Peace Corps volunteers in Mali. In the summer of 2014, African Sky expanded its all-volunteer base by inviting new board members and program managers.Continue reading African Sky Announces New Strategic Plan

Silent Auction cornerstone of African Sky’s programs 

By Kate Camargo.    As a relatively new member of the African Sky family, I was honored to be able to attend the organization’s ninth annual banquet and silent auction on October 17, 2015. Although I have been volunteering as African Sky’s administrative director for a little over a year, it was the first time I had the chance to meet most of the African Sky leadership team and board members in person. These long-termContinue reading Silent Auction cornerstone of African Sky’s programs 

Mali RPCV explores new territory with sixth album featuring folk rock and pop 

By Jenny Cordle.    It was within the first few weeks of being in Mali as a Peace Corps volunteer that Adam Klein wrote ‘Burnin’ Love,’ a bluesy song from his new album, Archer’s Arrow, which releases September 22. Over a decade ago he’d spent the day preparing for his new adventure in the village of Dougouolou in the Segou region. “[Burnin’ Love] speaks to the Peace Corps experience that many volunteers might remember,” Adam said.Continue reading Mali RPCV explores new territory with sixth album featuring folk rock and pop 

Power of the Skirt Event Promotes Women’s Literacy in Mali

By Janice Levi. On March 6, local boutique Carnaby Street Style in Kent, Ohio, hosted a Girls’ Night Out, entitled “Power of the Skirt” in order to raise funds for African Sky’s Women’s Literacy Project. The event was an intimate affair of over twenty ladies who attended in order to learn more about African Sky. Helen McKee, boutique owner, along with the assistance of her granddaughters Jacquelyn Brown and Rachel Prior, hosted the event to promote awarenessContinue reading Power of the Skirt Event Promotes Women’s Literacy in Mali

An Uncommon Honeymoon: One Couple’s Extraordinary Adventure 

By Janice Levi. Racing across northern and western Africa is not a typical destination for a newlywed couple. Nor is a philanthropic donation of two motorcycle ambulances a common activity during a honeymoon. Yet for David and Juli Kramer, this seemed like just the adventure to inaugurate their first trip as a married couple. Inspired by their love to travel, but also their desire to do something beyond the usual, self-indulgent honeymoon, the Kramers optedContinue reading An Uncommon Honeymoon: One Couple’s Extraordinary Adventure 

Young Women Aspire To Change The World At Clinton Global Initiative University

[Re-blogged from Elite Daily] By Chelsea Clinton. On the eve of International Women’s Day, and as the Clinton Foundation geared up to launch NoCeilings.org and our “Not There” awareness campaign on gender inequality, I was thrilled to spend the weekend with more than 1,000 students from over 80 countries at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2015 meeting in Miami. There, I was joined by my parents, NGO leaders and celebrities, including Larry Wilmore and PussyContinue reading Young Women Aspire To Change The World At Clinton Global Initiative University

African Sky Headed to Zeala to Build Our Next School

By Scott Lacy. African Sky is ready to build our next school in Mali! While teachers and students in the United States settle in to a new school year, our African Sky construction team is preparing to build our fourth school. For this new school located in Zeala, a community in western Mali, we have an exciting new idea and a building design that combines the best elements of the schools we recently built inContinue reading African Sky Headed to Zeala to Build Our Next School

With Help From Nova Scotia, AS Opens Dissan Secondary School!

By Scott Lacy.   Since our first days as an organization and the completion of Dissan Primary School (our first school construction), we’ve been pleased to see that more students from Dissan were continuing on to 7th grade. Dissan elders were also pleased that more of their grandchildren were going to school, but they had one concern. During annual meetings with African Sky leaders, elders shared that sending their children to the 7th grade requiresContinue reading With Help From Nova Scotia, AS Opens Dissan Secondary School!

African Sky completes the Soumabougou School

By Scott Lacy. African Sky is proud to officially announce the completion of the Soumabougou School sponsored by Keeth Elementary School in Winter Springs, Florida. Our construction team finished installing doors, windows, chalkboards, and roofing by March 2013; our painter finished his work by the end of April. Construction leaders Yacouba Sangare and Oumar Samake took some photographs of the school, which we are pleased to share with you as we celebrate their work. TheContinue reading African Sky completes the Soumabougou School