Sister City since 1991
Tempe’s partnership with Timbuktu marks its first with a third-world country and the start of the organization’s large-scale philanthropic humanitarian efforts.
Tell me more about Timbuktu…
- Mali is a nation struggling to survive: with a population of more than 10 million, Mali is considered the fifth poorest nation in the world. Timbuktu alone is home to 55,000 permanent residents and 10,000 refugees.
- While the official language of Timbuktu is French, in Mali, the majority of the population there also speaks a variety of dialects.
- Dubbed the “Athens of West Africa” in the 15th century, historically Timbuktu was known as a place of learning and riches, and to this day, scholars come to study ancient manuscripts. The city, however, lacks basic necessities to educate the youth, including teachers, facilities and school supplies. For this reason, Tempe Sister Cities has over the years donated funds for 8 drinking water wells, an elementary school, school supplies, sewing machines, millet grinder and addition to a Women’s Center. In addition, medical supplies worth over $350,000 were sent as well as 240 wheelchairs.Some of these gains were off-set by the invasion of Islamic rebels who invaded the North of Mali including Timbuktu in 2012. When they were driven out by French forces the following year, they left behind much destruction.Many people lost their livestock and possessions when they were forced to flee from Timbuktu during this period. Now having returned to their homes, these residents are struggling to exist.
Where is Timbuktu?
Timbuktu is sandwiched between the Sahara Desert and the Niger River.
YOU CAN DONATE TO TIMBUKTU
Here are two specific ways:
1. THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING — THE GOAT & SHEEP FUND
For as little as $30 you can purchase a goat or sheep for a destitute family. You may even give the animal a name!
The Fund provides a pair of goats or sheep to a family with the understanding that after the birth of four off-springs, two will be given to another needy family to continue the cycle. Goats and sheep usually produce two or three off-springs a year. The animals provide milk, wool, and eventually meat and leather, as well as fertilizer for small garden plots.
You will receive a Certificate of Appreciation to give to your recipient that will show his/her name, the animal(s) you chose and any name you may wish to give it(them).
Download our Tempe Sister Cities GOAT & SHEEP FUND brochure to donate by check or fill out the form and donate online.
Please supply the following information: Name to appear on the certificate; Number of goats/sheep and the name for each; Your name, address, phone and e-mail.
Mail it with your check for $30 per animal payable to Tempe Sister Cities to:
Beth Berlage, 1326 E. Carmen Street, Tempe, AZ 85283
2. THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Many parents lack the funds to keep their children in school past the 5th grade. A $40 scholarship will provide a student with a year’s worth of school supplies. In the past, this has frequently made the difference for a student to continue his/her education.
Help make a difference today by donating online.