Our Public Affairs Officer visits Timbuktu to Launch the 2016 PAYLP Scholarship Program

Continuing our outreach throughout Mali, our Public Affairs Officer visited Timbuktu where he met with the governor, the mayors of Timbuktu and Salam, the imam of the Djinguereber Mosque (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and important civil society leaders. Other highlights included interviews with high school students and teachers for the 2016 African Youth Leadership Program, as well as visits to see the ancient manuscripts of the Ahmed Baba Institute and a presentation on “Life in the US” at a local high school recently renovated with the assistance of USAID.  As Timbuktu Mayor Halle Ousmane noted, “However difficult our situation is here, it is only our true friends who will still be sure to visit.”