Ouelessebougou Alliance

Our mission is to transform the quality of life in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa, by delivering sustainable programs in health, education and economic development. Our programs adhere to the following principles: Ownership, Sustainability and Accountability.
Mar 21, 2017

Fighting Malnutrition is a Family Affair

Malnutrition is still a serious concern in Ouelessebougou. To fight this issue, the Alliance includes nutrition training in the curriculum for all of our 12 village schools. We have a pilot program in our Famana school which combines classroom education with hands-on experience in the school garden. Here the students gain practical knowledge such as how to grow and preserve food properly, use chemical fertilizers and composting methods and most importantly, how to have a varied and nutritious diet. 

This garden is split into two halves. One side is for the students, the other is a women's garden. Since the students learn the same lessons taught to their mothers, both parent and child can take this knowledge and foster good nutrition at home. "The women and the students all learn about nutrition and the importance of eating vegetables and good food," said Field Director Anounou Sissoko. "The students can learn fast and will, of course, teach their parents." Our hope is families will work together to fight malnutrition. 

We are still in need of funding for garden supplies and training. You can help a create a healthier generation in Ouelessebougou. Your donation will help educate and foster healthy habits for village families. Thank you for believing in our mission and your support.

Iniche!

Mar 20, 2017

Every Girl Deserves an Education

"Educate a woman and you educate her family. Educate a girl and you change the future." ~ Queen Rania of Jordan

The education of girls is of primary importance to Ouelessebougou Alliance. Village Education Councils make plans and coordinate efforts to create a literate village. A major focus is increasing girls' enrollment and educating parents in the village on the importance of their daughters receiving an education. One of the ways this is accomplished is through teacher training. Teachers are trained to initiate parent-teacher relationships to help families recognize the value in ALL children receiving a quality education.

While girls in Ouelessebougou have traditionally stayed home from school to help raise their siblings, their parents now realize the importance of sending them to school. More than 45% of the students in attendance this year are girls! Unlike their mothers, these girls have access to a school, sanitation, teachers and quality learning. Our schools continually have a higher girls' enrollment rate (over 20%) than the rest of Mali.

With your help, the Alliance hopes to continue to further educational opportunities for girls in Ouelessebougou. A $25 donation will send ONE girl to school for a whole year!

Iniche!

Mar 13, 2017

Vaccinations: A Gift for Life

Mali's summer season is a busy time for our vaccination program. Last month alone 990 infants received vaccinations. Mothers form long lines for the opportunity to have their babies vaccinated. One new mother said, "I will wait all day because I know it will help my baby."

A vaccination for a child is much more than just a shot. It's the gift of life. It's the opportunity to gain an education, grow into a healthy adult and become a parent. Our vaccination program gives our village children a fighting chance for a bright future. 

Even a small donation makes a large impact! Help us reach our goal to ensure at least 95% of village children receive vaccinations this year. You are our key to saving lives in Ouelessebougou. Thank you for your generosity!

Iniche!

 
   

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