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.
Mar 24, 2014

OA partners with Days for Girls

Filling out the survey
Filling out the survey

The Alliance is committed to increasing the number of girls in school and  seeing those girls complete their high school education.  We work with the village education councils and the student/parents associations to educate them about the importance of young girls going to school.  We build latrines with each of our schools so that girls feel safe and comfortable at school.  The vaccinations we give and the mosquito nets we provide help ensure that each child in our schools will hopefully avoid major illnesses and maintain a high attendance.

Through out partnership with Days for Girls we learned that once young women start having their periods, they often miss up to one week a month from school. For those in remote villages, feminine hygiene products may consist of leaves or old rags.  For those who can afford it, a pack of 10 sanitation pads costs a dollar--and most of our villagers live on less than $1 per day.

Women and girls from Utah worked furiously to complete 1200 feminine hygiene kits that we then delivered to various school when we were there in February.  The young women in Mali were grateful not only for the kits but also for the fact that young women across the world cared enough about them to make these "gifts."

Alliance Project Director provided trainings on the kits and menstruation at each school--so that the girls left with a kit knowing how to use it and how to better understand their own bodies.

Alliance Project Coordinator explaining kits
Alliance Project Coordinator explaining kits
Girls with their kits
Girls with their kits
Mar 24, 2014

Vaccination partnership

Vaccination man
Vaccination man

We just got back from our adminstrative expedition trip to Mali.  We had the chance to tour the local public hospital in Ouelessebougou and meet the staff there.  It was a humbling experience to see the conditions they work in and the miracles they try to bring about.  We saw an infant dying in his young mother's arms and met a set of twins who were born one hour earlier--strong, healthy baby boys being held by their grandmothers.  Life and death are constant companions in this region of the world.

The Alliance's health projects exist to educate villagers about how they can improve their own lives and the lives of their children.  Our vaccination program is a major component of our overall health goals.  And we could not do it without the unique parnertship between the Malian Ministry of Health, the Ouelessebougou Public Hospital, and the young men who are trained to do the vaccinations in remote locations.

Below are a few pictures of one of these young men getting ready to head out to a village.

Hospital director and vaccination man
Hospital director and vaccination man
Mar 24, 2014

Thank you!

We told you in December that the best time to purchase mosquito nets is during the off-season.  We recently returned from Ouelessebougou for our annual visit and our Field Director, Anounou, asked if we could invest in more nets now so that we can distribute even more in the fall.

We know nets are making a difference. We saw nets that we subsidized in village home, local CSCOMS and in the public hospital.  We attended a village health training in Farani and the village council members were proud to report that no one had died from malaria during the last year.  The success of our programs are the village councils and the trainings they go through to establish goals. The Alliance gives them the tools to reach those goals...and one of our "tools" is educating about malaria and then subsidizing the cost of the nets so that all families can stay safe.

 

Thanks for your support of this important project and enjoy the photos from our recent visit!

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