The campaign has made some great headway in Mali. The faith in this campaign continues to grow strong both on the ground and from followers in America. There are new things that happen almost every day that strengthens our commitment and faith that we can win this election.
The one thing that does amaze me here is the spirit of volunteerism. People say that we do things only if there is some benefit to it. In other words, what they are saying is that human beings are very selfish beings that pursue the things that will benefit themselves. To be honest with you, if that is what is fueling people to support Samake2012, more power to them. If Malians realize what is at stake, they will be more likely to invest in it. Most of these Malians barely earn more than a $1/day. Most of these Malians have had children that have died from preventable diseases like malaria and dehydration. Most of these Malians have barely even made it to 7th grade because of the lack of middle schools in their village. Worse still is that even if they made it past college, now no jobs exist to help care for their families needs. Now, ask me if you think that these people are being driven to support Samake2012 for the wrong reasons. I think not.
On a daily basis I see people who give up of their time and efforts to benefit the campaign. A few of them have been with this campaign since its inception in early 2011. They do not benefit financially from this campaign. Some Malians like Coulibaly have come from as far off as New York City. Coulibaly left a job for a month to come to Mali so that he could campaign for Yeah in the remote areas like Mande in Mali. He has not benefited financially from this decision rather his commitment shows that he believes in the change Yeah could bring to Mali. There is Camara from France that also came to Mali for a week to help campaign in Beneko and other villages where he has contacts. There are others like Kadi, a young lady, who volunteers at the PACP Headquarters, helping answer any questions that supporters may have. We have Zhu, our driver from Ouelessebougou, who has sacrificed time and even not seeing his family for weeks as he drives Yeah full-time in Bamako. We have Dra, a university student, who stays with us to help with any tasks that Yeah needs completed at short notice. Then we have Sibiri, our youth leader, who day in day out breathes this campaign. He is the one that spends his after work hours and weekends recruiting youth followers. There is Kane who is busy running around Bamako dealing with red tape we may run into. We have Fomba, our Secretary General, who is so committed to this campaign that he dedicates the free time he could be spending with his family so that he can campaign for Samake2012. Then there is Karim in Ouelessebougou who spends his free time on his motorcycle to travel to distant villages spreading the Samake2012 message. All these individuals usually will ask in return is money for gas. The biggest debt that cannot be paid back is time, heart and dedication. Then you go across the globe to America. The effects of Samake2012 and the belief in Yeah is amazing. There are the videographers from Goodline, Travis and Joe who came all the way to Mali, so that they could better envision Yeah’s message and effect and did amazing videos to showcase Yeah’s work. There is Cole, who also came to Mali at the same time, to help better design the Samake2012 website and has from the get-go done some brilliant work on the website, billboards and logo. There is Susan E. that does an amazing job with our social media on Twitter and has been a wonderful support to us. There are other wonderful people like Chris J, Kent, Lew, Scott and Julie, Yodit, Robert D, Ryan M, Bill B, Dave W., Brad S and others that donated of their valuable time and talents. Let’s not forget our wonderful interns Kyle and Liz who paid their own ticket to Mali so they could volunteer their time helping us on the ground.
The Samake2012 campaign is no longer just a Malian campaign. It is a campaign that will affect the face of Africa and all the Western countries that come into touch with it. Think of it. Those of you who have met Yeah know of what he is capable of and what he has already done for his people. Those of you who haven’t, have read of his amazing journey and his contribution to Mali. Yeah has the ability to change Mali for the better. Without the volunteers, this campaign would have been hard. Never underestimate the value of yourself and what you can offer. If you believe that this campaign is an effort to break the chains of poverty, illiteracy and bad healthcare, then support us. The people on the ground in Mali need change. Every dollar counts. If every person we knew donated the money they used for one morning coffee, we could easily raise a $1000 in an hour. A $1000 helps us hold a rally in a big village. A $1000 can fill the gas tank of 50 motorcycles. Support does not have to be financial. The power of the human voice is unmatchable. Tell a friend. Tell 100 friends. Post it on Facebook, Twitter and any other outlet you can think of. We have the ability to win this. But we cannot do this without you. This isn’t about winning the election on April 29th 2012. However the election is the first step to creating a secure Mali of equality and better living conditions. Please help us. Click on the picture to donate today:
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