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.
Aug 18, 2010

New School Built in Mali

This summer, the Ouelessebougou Alliance teamed up with buildOn in order to build a new school in Bamakoni.

Bamakoni is a small community in southern Mali with a population of approximately 650 people who are primarily uneducated and illiterate. Located in the Ouelessebougou region, Bamakoni has an existing long-term relationship with the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance. The existing school in Bamakoni was donated by the Alliance in 2001. It has 3 classrooms. When enrollment climbed to 140 students in 2008, the Bamakoni built an additional two mud brick classrooms. When necessary and possible, they conducted another class outside the school.

These 5 classrooms were being used by 6 teachers and 140 students (67 girls) as recently as spring 2010. The mud brick classrooms were not sufficient, and the Alliance classrooms were only in fair condition. The next nearest school is 6 km from Bamakoni, and the road is not passable in the rainy season. The village needed a more adequate school for their growing population of school-aged children.

Thanks to the contributions from donors like you, we are able to provide clean, safe classrooms for these children. Keep up the great work!

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    May 24, 2010

    The rainy season is fast approaching!

    Health workers learn how to properly use a net
    Health workers learn how to properly use a net

    This time of year marks reason for much excitement for villagers in Mali. It's planting time! As they look toward the future and hope for a good harvest, they also look forward to ways that they can protect their children from the ensuing onslaught of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes carry deadly diseases like malaria and yellow fever. Now is the time for action to stop these pests in their tracks.

    Buying a mosquito net for a family is a simple way that you can help villagers focus on the progress that the rainy season can provide. The sooner they receive their nets, the sooner they can rest at ease, knowing they are protected.

    Our in-country health coordinator tells us that the demand is always higher than we can provide for. Please help us give the gift of good health to Malian villagers this rainy season!

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    Oct 8, 2009

    Donors and villagers see direct impact of vaccination program

    A recent assessment found that 94% of children under 5 in Alliance villages have been fully vaccinated. Nationally, only about 38% of children are fully vaccinated. Further analysis showed that for every 100 children who were vaccinated, one child was spared from dying of yellow fever. What a success! that means that for every $150 donated, a life was saved!

    The Alliance is working with villages to establish their own health plans. These plans consist of priorities, timelines and assessments overseen by the villagers themselves. Recently, the chief of Seliban, Siriba Samake, told us that he has seen a substantial increase in vaccinations in his village because of two factors: the alliance provides the vaccinations, and the village (through their health plan) has taken more responsibility for getting their children immunized.

    The villagers in the Ouelessebougou commune always express gratitude to the Alliance for providing these life-saving vaccines. But we know it wouldn't be possible without you. Thank you, donors, for your generous support! Please let us know what you think!

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