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

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!

Dec 27, 2013

Can we do more? YES!

The Alliance is now providing vaccinations in over 125 villages in and around Ouelessebougou, Mali.  Mali's Ministry of Health helps provide the vaccines but does not have the resources or people power to reach rural villages.  Which is where we have stepped in.  We already have a strong presence in this region of Mali and through our Village Health Agents we are able to communicate and work with many villagers.

 

In reviewing the success of our vaccination program, we know we can provide even more life-saving vaccinations to children and mothers if we invest in training another person to provide those vaccines.  Help us double our numbers  to over 12,000 vaccines per year by investing in our vaccination program.

It saves lives.

Dec 27, 2013

Teacher Training Makes the Difference

Making sure girls are attending school and actually learning involves many different things.  The Alliance starts by working with a village to create a Village Education Council.  Council members determine the goals of the village and are encouraged by Alliance staff to recognize the value in all children receiving a quality education.

The Alliance partners with villages to make sure a school is in close proximity to the village and that is has a latrine (which definitely increases the percentage of girls who attend).  

This past month the Alliance focused on two other important factors: Handwashing buckets and teacher training.

 

83 handwashing buckets were distributed to our 11 schools.  Teachers and students were trained on the importance of hand washing in preventing disease and infection.  The more you wash your hands, the healthier you will be and the less school you will miss!

We also had 55 teachers participate in teacher training during late October and November.  The trainings were on fundamentals of math and how to teach French reading and writing.  During the month of December teachers were also trained in Bambara, the native language of Mali.  

For our students to achieve academic success we know we must invest in quality teachers and many other little things like handwashing buckets so thank you for all your support!  It definitely takes a village to send a girl to school!

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