About us


     In the Malian village of Songo,Dogon elders sit in the courthouse, a hut with a roof too low to allow anyone to stand.  In this traditional culture, elders are consulted to resolve disputes and address communal problems.

     Farafina Donia, meaning "African Knowledge" in Bambara, is a non-profit organization founded by Yaya Diallo in the United States and Mali to preserve traditional African culture, music, dance, and arts. Our goal is to build a center in Mali where Africans can explore their own traditions to find solutions to present problems.  Guests from around the world will be welcome to come and learn about African culture. The center will also teach healthy lifestyles, updating traditional practices to prevent spread of HIV and other infections. We are developing our campus near Bamako, the capital, and hope to open the center in 2010.

     We need your help. All donations are welcome. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit company in the United States.  All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Farafina Donia

1414 Techny Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40222