On May 17 in the Taylor Chapel Niankoro Yeah Samaké will lead a forum called “Leading the Charge for Development in Mali,” according to the BYU-Idaho website.
Samaké is the Former Mayor of Ouelessebougou, Mali, a 2013 Malian Presidential Candidate, former Ambassador of Mali and Founder of the Empower Mali Foundation. He studied Public Policy at BYU and graduated in 2004, according to Empower Mali’s website.
Empower Mali’s goal is “not to give a hand out to these communities, but rather to work side by side empowering these communities to meet their own needs by sharing with them the resources and tools to get it done. Empower Mali works closely with community leaders and the citizens of Mali to ensure that projects are self-sustainable and that the work can continue even after EM leaves the village.”
His foundation has helped bring 23 schools to Mali, has provided scholarships to Malian students to study abroad and organized multiple free medical and…