Exciting News — All Donations Matched in November!

We received a very exciting bit of news this week when an anonymous donor agreed to give a matching grant of up to $5,000. All donations made before the end of the November will be matched one-to-one.

Thanks to all those who gave generously at our November 9 fundraiser we’ve already raised $3,065. That means we have nearly $2,000 to go to reach our goal by the end of this month. So if you’ve considered a donation to help us improve health in West Africa, now is the perfect time to do it!

donateAs of November 8, we had raised $9,320 online via First Giving. As long as the total on the page is under $11,255, your gift will be doubled!

Friday Party with Karamo Susso on the Kora

We’re delighted that Karamo Susso will join us to play music at our celebration and fundraiser in San Francisco tomorrow (although unfortunately we recently learned that Ousseynou Kouyaté is no longer available, and will not be joining us).

Karamo is a griot, and a gifted kora player, who has studied under played with some of the best musicians in the world, including Toumani Diabaté and Ballaké Sissoko. Here he is in a backstage jam with blues legend Taj Majal.

If you enjoyed that, check out Karamo as a 12-year old in Bamako starring in the short film Niam: Jali of the Kora, available to watch instantly on Amazon.com.

Dokotoro Project on KALW’s Africa Mix!

Tune in to Africa Mix tonight around 10:00 pm to hear an interview with Dokotoro Project co-founder Matthew Heberger. This a great weekly program starts at 9:00 pm and plays great music from all across Africa and the African diaspora.

Host Emmanuel Nado and I will be discussing the state of health care in West Africa, and what we’re doing to help ordinary people take power over their own health. In the Bay Area, tune in to 91.7 FM, or listen online at kalw.org.

Africa Mix on KALW