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.
Jul 29, 2014

A Big Gift!

Wow!  In June, the Ouelessebougou Alliance received a large gift from a local foundation here in Salt Lake City that allows us to reach even more families who need mosquito nets.  As we have probably pointed out before, the funds we raise for nets allows us to distribute nets in the 25 villages where we work.  BUT, it is a first come, first served process.  There is never enough money in our budget to provide new, insecticide treated nets to every family who needs one.  This gift will provide an additional 1,700 families with this life-saving tool.

 

The more families that we can cover, the better off the entire community is.  Please continue to support this important initiative. We deliver the nets, train families on the proper usage AND follow up to make sure they are using them!

 

We are grateful for all our supporters out there...including YOU!

Jul 29, 2014

It is more than a shot!

Our vaccination program is more than than just a shot to protect children from 9 deadly diseases.  It is a chance at getting a better education.  It is a chance to grow and develop into a strong individual.  It is a chance at a higher income.  It is a chance to have your own children.

Our village children face many obstacles to a bright future.  A so-called "case of diarrhea" can be a deadly event for a child in Mali.  Stepping on a rusty nail can lead to severe complications.  Our vaccination program gives our village children a fighting chance at a brighter future.

We are committed to continuing this important program in partnership with the Malian government.  Village parents are committed to following through on all 3 vaccination rounds.  And, I hope you remain committed to supporting our efforts.

 

Thank you! 

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
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