Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ina Supports Yeah!


Every country including Mali needs strong leaders in order to develop. Good leaders are what my beloved country Mali needs now. We need people who are willing to fight for the best of this country. We need people who care enough to go through sleepless nights, sacrifice their time, and energy to build a tremendous future for Mali. Yeah Samake is one of the people I believe can and will be a great leader for Mali. Leadership is not only about power, making decision and so on, but it is also about caring, determination, devotion and passion. You have to care about a country, its citizens and every single souls in it, in order to be it’s leader. I have known Yeah Samake for many years now, and I am convinced that he is the leader we need in Mali right now.

Yeah have done so much for Mali that everyone who knows him will agree with me that he is a wonderful caring person. He is someone who can and will take Mali to the next level; he has the potential, the ability, the skills, the determination, the energy, and the devotion to lead Mali and build an amazing future for it. I know you might be wondering why I am saying all of these, well it is just because I am a citizen, a child of Mali; therefore, I can only hope for the best of this country and the best for Mali is a leader like Yeah Samake.

Like I said before leadership is not about power, it is about what you can do, your abilities to make a difference and change the norms of things. Yeah has been fighting for good quality education for Mali. He has been restless in finding ways to not only build school for unprivileged children but also to bring the help that Mali need in order to move forward. Education is very important and as we know, it is not every individual who has the chance to receive a good and decent education. By building schools in Mali, Yeah have given the chance and opportunity to children to receive an education. Children who could not afford or even dream of going to school can now enjoined school, and learn everything from it.  Children are the future of a country, and Mali is not an exception, so we need someone, a leader who cares about our children, who cares about what our children are going to be in the future. Moreover, Yeah Samake does only build schools in Mali, but he also help students to further their education Abroad, especially in the United States. I am one of the students who have been brought in the United States by Mr. Samake. He gave many students, like myself, the opportunity to get a good education in the US, and until now Yeah Samake continues to fight for education, as he is helping Malians to continue their study abroad.

Who does not want the best for his/her country? Yeah Samake is what Mali needs right now.

Marie Poudiougou

Student at Utah Valley University

Majoring in Political Science with a concentration on International Relations and a minor in French and Spanish

Supporter of Yeah Samake


Adele and Steve Kammeyer Support Yeah!

We first met Yeah about 6 1/2 years ago on a snowy evening in Salt Lake City, where we were introduced by a mutual friend. We met for dinner and to discuss ways to further humanitarian work in Mali: specifically Ouelessebougou, where we had previously traveled twice with a surgical team. We went to perform gynecological surgery on women there. As we talked we learned of Mali Rising Foundation, and possible ways of joining forces.

Since meeting Yeah, we have had many opportunities to observe him as he works tirelessly for improvements in Mali. He has also been extremely helpful to us in our endeavors as we have continued to travel to Mali each year after Christmas. We are proud to call him friend.

We have seen the good he has done for his community while serving as mayor. We have come to know him as a man of integrity who has great love for God, his country and for his fellow men. We wholeheartedly support his bid to become president of Mali, and to this end, he and his wonderful family are continually in our thoughts and prayers.


U.S. Summit for Malian Delegation

The U.S. Summit with the Malian Delegation was a success! We are grateful to everyone who helped make it happen, particularly to the Utah League of Cities and Towns, Empower Mali, and those companies and organizations that hosted the delegation during their time in Utah.

The Malian delegates in attendance were:

  • Nampaga Coulibaly, Mayor of Misseni
  • Diarha Diarra, Mayor of Moribabougou
  • Sekou Boubacar Doucoure, Mayor of Tele
  • Malik Guindo, City Council Member from Doucoumbo
  • Barakatoulahi Keita, Partnership Coordinator for the Association of Malian Municipalities
  • Malick Keita, Mayor of N’Gabacoro
  • Ousmane Kouyate, City Manager of Ouelessebougou
  • Birama Traoré, Mayor of Kirané

Meeting with Councilman Christensen at the Salt Lake City Hall


Meeting with a local fire department

On the first day of their visit, the delegates met with the President of the Utah League of Cities and Towns and with Councilman Christensen.  They also attended an open house at the Hinckley Institute of Politics, where they were able to interact with many students and prominent, local leaders.  To conclude the first day, the delegates went to three different Utah cities (Sandy, Ogden, and South Jordan) for tours and city council meetings. They visited the local police and fire departments, discussed budgeting and financial controls, etc.




On the second day of the Summit, the delegates visited the Waste Management Transfer Station, the Salt Lake Valley Landfill, Parley’s Canyon Water Facilities, and Salt Lake City Waste Water Facility.  At all of these locations, the delegates were very interested in and impressed by the size and efficiency of the various operations.  Also, they met briefly with the Utah Sister City Association and met with individuals from throughout Utah that would be interested in building a sister city relationship with their cities in Mali.  Finally, the went to the World Trade Center Utah and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and met with the African representative.


Visiting the Utah State University Water Lab

On the third and final day of the Summit, the Malian delegates went to Logan, Utah, to visit the various research facilites at Utah State University, such as the Utah Water Research Laboratory and the Agricultural School.  This visit brought a good discussion about water in Mali and possible solutions.  Next, they met with Elder Gay of the Quorum of the Seventy of the LDS Church.  Elder Robert Gay is in charge of employment, education, and new business startups worldwide. He has worked extensively in East and West Africa. At this meeting, they discussed the role of the church in helping young people to find work after they have graduated.

The third day, the Malian delegation visited Welfare Square and were very impressed by the scale of the welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  To conclude the Summit, the delegation had dinner at The Garden Restaurant in Salt Lake City, courtesy of ULCT.  Here, the delegation took turns relating their overall opinion of the trip and what they would like to improve and what they appreciated. Each delegate expressed their desire to build further relationships and partnerships with many of the individuals and organization with which they met.

We look forward to future summits with delegates from Mali.


Dinner at The Garden in Salt Lake City

Malian Mayor Summit

This week in Utah there will be a summit for several mayors visiting from Mali. They will visit various municipal organizations, the University of Utah, and Utah State University. The itinerary will include:


Political Forum at the Hinckley Institute of Politics (U of U) at 11:00 A.M.

Sandy, South Jordan, and Ogden City Council Meetings at 6:00 and 7:00 P.M.


SL Valley Landfill

SLC Water Facility

Parley’s Canyon Water Facility

Salt Lake Waste Transfer Station


Utah State University

These activities are all for the purpose of sharing and learning good government practices. It is our pleasure to welcome these men to Utah and we hope that they enjoy their time here!

We hope to see you at some of these events!

Kyle Rehn Supports Yeah!

My name is Kyle Rehn and I was an intern alongside Liz Jessop in Bamako, Mali for Yeah Samake’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. While working in Bamako, the primary responsibilities of my internship were to assist with the development of his wikipedia page, website and edit the newsletter. While there, I also traveled on the campaign trail with Liz, Marissa, Dramane, Sibiri and Yeah routinely around Mali. I can still vividly remember sitting in each and every one of those campaign trips and feeling the warmth of the people and energy in the air. What a breathtaking experience. Unfortunately, the fascinating experience that I was having in Mali was cut short due to the military coup. But, while that shortened my trip, I still had the time of my life as I got to be able to see Mali, Africa from a completely different angle.

kyle rehn

Additionally, I am also grateful to have the incredible opportunity to meet Yeah and work alongside him. Yeah Samake is a man with true charisma, patience, discipline and a relentless attitude to serve for the betterment of others. For example, in Ouelessebougou he has build much needed water pumps for the city and has built numerous schools for the area too. Considering the obstacles that were in front of Yeah to achieve this, it is an incredible feat to say the least. In large part what makes these projects even more remarkable is that he did this projects by garnering the cities trust. In just a matter of a couple years as mayor, the cities tax revenue skyrocketed from 10% to 86%. That is a remarkable feat and one that shows truly how much the people believe in him. He didn’t disappointing either. By building projects such as water pumps and schools for the area, he met and exceeded the calls of the peoples essential needs.

With a country that is also in need of a stronger education foundation, and a government that the people can trust, I couldn’t think of a more well experienced and passionate leader to build this educational foundation that the Malian citizens are rightfully deserving of. Mali needs a renewed spirit. One that is relentless, committed, and passionate about its peoples opportunities and future. Yeah Samake is without a doubt the only man that is suitable for such a job.

Ibrahima Togola Supports Yeah!

My name is Ibrahima Togola. I am currently studying English at the University in Bamako, Mali. I am a big supporter of Mr. Yeah Samaké.

ibrahima togola

The Party for the Civic Action and Patriotic Action (PACP) is one of the youngest parties of my country Mali.

But I can confirm that it is the only party which gives the youth a larger chance to speak. It is a great step forward because other political parties do not have a majority of youth support. However the youth represent nearly 62.33 percent of the Malian population

The vision that this party is different from  the other parties  which exist in Mali  since PACP  teaches true democracy to the Malian youth, who have no access to information. The old political parties have destroyed and taken Government money but PACP will serve the Malian Nation with honesty.


YEAH Samaké, President of PACP inspires me by the progress that he brings to my country. There is no Leader who has done this. My country suffers from a lack of education. Yeah Samaké continues the progression of education through the inclusion of all children living in rural areas by building a school in each village. Yeah Samaké also wants to meet the challenge of development; therefore, the second largest hospital in Mali was built on the initiative of the Mayor Samaké in his own community of OUELESSEBOUGOU.

PACP speaks and works in all areas of development in Mali. PACP teaches all members of the party or Malians to cultivate good citizenship and patriotism because our country needs it right now. The former leaders showed us a single path which is to empty the cash of the Malian State for their own need.


The famous phrase that PACP has taught me is that a Malian citizen must ask himself/herself what he/she can provide to develop Mali and not what Mali can do for him/her. YEAH Samaké calls all Malians to be united  to develop  MALI: ‘United we win all, divided we lose all ‘. I love PACP because it is the party which can meet  the challenge of our development.ibrahima

Upcoming Events!


I am so excited about our upcoming events! If you are in one of the areas with an event, please join us and meet Yeah Samaké. He is such an incredible man – his energy and presence are inspiring.

If you would like to schedule an event or host Yeah at an event, please email us at

If you come, I’ll even show you my Malian dancing skills…


It will be a good time 🙂

Check out the following events:

Get together at the home of Bob and Darla Taylor (Northern Utah)             
DATE: Monday, April 8, 2013
TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Home of Bob and Darla Taylor, 2423 E 3750 N, Layton, Utah 84040
DRESS CODE: Business Casual

Why Mali Matters: Discussion with Yeah Samaké (Washington, DC Area)             
DATE:  Wednesday, April 10, 2013
TIME:  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
PLACE: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
DRESS: Casual

Why Mali Matters: Discussion with Yeah Samaké at Harvard (Boston Area)
DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
TIME: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
PLACE: Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street – Perkins Room – 4th floor Rubenstein, Cambridge, MA 02138
DRESS: Business Casual

Get together at home of Nancy and Terry Brown (Utah County)
DATE: Thursday, April 11, 2013
TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: 1856 Fort Canyon, Alpine, Utah 84004
DRESS: Business Casual

Salt Lake City Fireside (Salt Lake Area)
DATE: Sunday, April 14, 2013
TIME: 6:00 PM
PLACE: Union Fort Stake Center, 7155 South 540 East, Midvale, Utah 84047
DRESS: Sunday Formal

San Diego Fireside (Southern California)
DATE: Sunday, April 21, 2013
TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: Poway (San Diego County) Stake Center in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego
DRESS: Sunday Formal

Hope to see you at one of our events! Please come up and introduce yourself – we would love to meet you.


Elisabeth Jessop

North American Campaign Manager

New Youth Movement to Support Yeah!

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On March 23, 2013, it was the first meeting for our group, AJLCDM in Faladie, Mali. My name is Dramane Bagayoko and I together with 25 other youth leaders in different areas of Bamako got together to form a youth movement to get Yeah Samake elected as President. AJLCDM stands for Association des Jeunes Leaders pour le changement et de la Decentralization du Mali (Association of Young Leaders for Change and Decentralization in Mali).

We created this group to better support Yeah Samake and to spread the word about his political party PACP all over Mali. Mr. Samake spoke to us about his biography. What motivates us is that it is a powerful, incredible biography of one man who came from a village but has the vision to change Mali. We are ready to fight for Yeah Samake’s victory. We are ready to support an honest leader like Yeah Samake.

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As Yeah spoke at our meeting, I saw a few people crying as they heard his story. Now you must know, Malians do not like to cry. So it was powerful to see that Mr . Samake could move the youth in the room like this. The President of our Association decided that he would lead the association to fully support Yeah. We , the youth, understand that we need a person who has helped the youth and will continue to help youth. We know that Mr. Samake will create the educational opportunities for the youth so Mali can be a great country filled with many opportunities.

To start our activities, we will host a number of soccer matches among the different districts in Bamako. This will allow us to raise alot of attention about Yeah Samake as these matches will be well attended by all the university students in the area.

We will continue to give our voice to this leader as we believe in his efforts and we believe that he is the best chance for Mali.youth movement 1