BeSpeak Spirit is a non-profit organization connecting and empowering African and African-American youth.
We currently serve the Seribadiambougou village in the Bougouni region of Mali, Africa with support for water pumps, school supplies for the village school and a medical clinic. All projects are requested, supported by and maintained by Malian youth and elders in the village.
In the United States, we host an Ancestry + Identity Leadership program and a Rite of Passage program including a Homeland Journey for Black youth.
BeSpeak Spirit has partnered with Blaqmoji, LLC to develop culturally relevant curriculum that celebrates the contributions of Africans and African Americans to the world.
All projects are identified and maintained by the Seribadiambougou village. Supporting self-sufficiency + long term sustainability is at the core of our work. We are currently in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the University of Bamako for replicating the success of this effort in other villages.
Our work with Black youth in the US is centered on affirming positive identity, learning African history + ancestry and creating connections with African youth while developing leadership skills.
Goal: $1,000 US (607,564 CFA)
Raised: $200 US (121,513 CFA)
At the request of our midwife, nurse and pharmacist, provide medicine and supplies for the clinic.
Goal: $3,000 US (1,822,693 CFA)
Raised: $1,000 US (607,564 CFA)
At the request of our village elders, start a chicken farm, goat farm, and crop support. $30 = 1 chicken or 1 goat or 1 herbicide.
Goal: $1,100 US (744,675 CFA)
Raised: $675 US (456,960 CFA)
The young adults from our village request seed money to start new businesses, such as textile and hand-made jewelry stands.
Goal: $16,000 US (10,831,634 CFA)
Raised: $16,000 US (10,831,634 CFA)
At the request of our Council of Women, support the build of a village clinic for basic health, birthing and maternity care.
Raised: $1,500 US (835,500 CFA)
At the request of our Village Elders, repair the primary water pump & build a secondary pump with access for animals.
At the request of our Head School Master, purchase a variety of school supplies for 100+ students.
At the request of our village students, provide 8 soccer balls and 24 t-shirts for outdoor fitness + fun!
completed: sustainable water access
The men from Seribadiambougou repaired the primary water pump and built a second water pump in the village. BeSpeak Spirit raised funds for purchasing materials to repair and build the pumps. The water pumps will provide water for the village and animals for the next 100 years.
IF YOU LEARN, TEACH."
Our 9-month program for Black youth includes learning African history + ancestry, positive identity development and engaging in service-learning + leadership opportunities.
Our Rite of Passage Homeland Journey provides Black youth with an opportunity travel to Africa on a journey of self-discovery with a full immersion experience in African culture.
In partnership with Blaqmoji, LLC, BeSpeak Spirit is developing culturally relevant curriculum that celebrates the contributions of Africans and African Americans to the world.