Ouelessebougou Alliance

The Ouelessebougou Alliance works in cooperation with 25 rural villages in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa. Our projects are in the areas of health, education and economic development. The Alliance works with villages based on both their need and commitment to each project and is committed to training and capacity building. In every project, the Alliance is committed to the principles of ownership, sustainability and accountability.
Nov 12, 2014

What We Can Learn From The Ebola Outbreak

Agent training
Agent training

Fortunately, at the moment, Ebola has been contained in Mali.  The government worked hard to spread the message about the virus and so did Ouelessebougou Alliance staff.  We trained all 50 Health Agents and Matrons about the virus so they could return to their villages and spread the news to villagers.

The Alliance's Health program is not only the first line of defense for villagers, it is the ONLY line of defense.  For remote, rural villages in developing countries, health care is simply not available.  It isn't available, it isn't located close, it isn't affordable...it just isn't an option.

That is why a virus like Ebola can take hold so easily. There is a lack of information available to remote villagers.  Sanitation and hygiene remain a constant battle.  And medical personnel and supplies are greatly lacking.

Ouelessebougou Alliance invests in each village's health by providing health agents and matrons. We work with each village to help them set and reach their health goals through our Health Village Workshops. And we provide vaccinations and mosquito nets so that our youngest village friends have a fighting chance at their most vulnerable age.

Thanks for your support of our vaccination program and your belief in our mission!

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Oct 15, 2014

Don't forget about Malaria!

The toll the Ebola outbreak has taken on West African countries is shocking.  While the country of Mali hasn't been affected, we are deeply concerned for our neighbors, Guinea and Senegal.

And while this virus rages on, Africans still face the same health challenges that kill so many of them annually.  Malaria remains one of the top health issues they face.  Mosquito nets are the only method of protection and typically cost between $5 to $10.  For those who live in extreme poverty (less than $1 per day) a $10 net seems prohibitive.

The Alliance subsidizes the cost of the net so that villagers only pay $1 for a net that can protect a family of four up to three years.

Thanks for your continued support of this critical initiative.  And hopefully there will come a day when we CAN forget about malaria.

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Oct 15, 2014

Increase of girls attending school in Bassa!

A new school is rising in Bassa and plans to be open by November 1st! We are thrilled by the involvement of Bassa villagers in helping this happen. Villagers saved10% of the cost and created some goals they want to meet with the wonderful addition of this new school.  A top goal of the village is to increase enrollment, especially among girls. In addition, they want to offer more adult literacy classes to women in the village.

 

The message is clear: If you want to change the world, educate a girl.  We are grateful for your support to keep girls in school and look forward to sharing enrollment statistics at the end of the 140-15 school year!

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