The Alliance is lucky that there are people all over the world who believe in the work we do. Some of our Global Giving friends even live in Europe and Africa.
It is part of our mission to educate local Utah students and community members about Mali and its people. Our hope is that by sharing our story and stories from our village friends, we nurture people to finally consider themselves "global citizens."
This concern and passion for others is evident in the enthusiastic response we received this year from three high schools who collectively have raised $7,200 for mosquito nets and vaccinations!
We are so close to reaching our goal of $25,000 raised toward life saving immunizations--only $3,304 left to go!
Thanks for being the difference!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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