Some news from Deacon in Mali
Josh is in Mali now. Today he met with the founder of Temedt, Ibrahim, who is Tuareg and a nomad. Josh said he was humble, thoughtful and intelligent. They talked for almost two hours and it was videotaped. We may, at some point, be able to make clips of their talk available to you. Ibrahim explained that some of the money will be used for the legal fees to work with the government to create the law abolishing slavery permanently in Mali. Some of it will be given to former slaves or indentured servants who are starting a new life. They shared examples such as one woman who only owned a bracelet when she left her situation. Temedt paid for her to have some goats and get an education. Now she is married, and has children.
Today I was able to talk by phone with an Ashoka (www.ashoka.org) field worker named Violet who lives in Mali, and supports the Temedt project. She served as the translator for the conversation between Josh and Ibrahim. She is British and has lived there for 28 years. For all that time she has been aware of the slavery and really yearned for someone to come along to change it. Two years ago Ibrahim appeared on the scene, and she is so grateful. And now Josh, family and friends are helping.
Some people have written in to ask if they can still contribute. Yes! We are still trying to raise money to help people in Mali improve their situation. Mali is the 5th poorest country in the world.
If you want to donate, or share the information with others so they can have an opportunity to be part of this, go to www.inspirationcommunity.org, and click on Making a Difference in Mali with Deacon's picture. If you or your friends donate $50 or more we will still put you on the list to get a copy of the CD that Josh will be making when he comes back.
Speaking of that CD, Josh played his first solo concert ever on January 1 in Baltimore, with all new music that he will be playing at the festival au desert in a few days. So on January 1st there was new music, and the goal of bringing money to Mali to make a difference had been reached. It was a wonderful way to begin 2010. Thank you for caring.
More updates to come from the festival....
Happy New Year,
Jessica (Josh's mother)
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