FROM THE FIELD

Back to Bamako

Aw ka kεnε Wa Du Mali (Hello from Mali. How are you?; in the local dialect Bambara) There is a popular saying in Mali: “Back to Bamako”. It can be found on shirts and items for sale throughout the city. The motto was created in an artisan workshop at le Campement Kangaba that gathers local … Continued

Memorial Day: Honor and Remembrance

Greetings, Memorial Day is a day of honor and remembrance. A day when we gather as a nation to reflect upon the sacrifices our troops have made to protect the liberty we cherish here in the United States. As Americans, we have a solemn obligation to support our troops to the best of our ability … Continued

Bringing communities together to address threats

Hello SoA supporters, We are supporting efforts to empower local governance and bring communities together to address security concerns in Diffa, Niger. Diffa has been affected by the scourge of Boko Haram since the first cross-border attacks in February 2015. Bombings, kidnappings, and looting have become commonplace in the entire Lake Chad Region and have … Continued

The path of an SoA Field Rep

Dear supporters, We recently completed Spirit of America’s newest self-produced podcast “From Peacocks and Pygmy Goats to Project Management across Africa: The Path of an SoA Field Rep.” Click here to listen to the full podcast. During the podcast, I discuss how my upbringing on a small farm in Colorado led me from a career … Continued

Bringing Boko Haram in from the bush

Hello supporters, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on a project you previously heard about here. As efforts to degrade the Islamic State in West Africa – more commonly known as Boko Haram – throughout the Lake Chad Basin bear fruit, the problem of safely and accurately communicating information to would-be defectors … Continued