By Emily Muir - Spread the Love through Vaccinations
Help Ouelessebougou Alliance Spread the LOVE and LIFT the lives of village children this week of Valentine's. Help us vaccinate 400 children in Mali. It is staggering how easy it is to spend $5 in the United States when just $5 covers the cost to vaccinate one child against 9 life threatening diseases. Our administration team recently returned from Mali and while there met with the chief of the Ouelessebougou Hospital. His desires for the local villagers were clear and the needs for more vaccinations is great and overwhelming!
Most of the diseases that kill children in Mali are entirely preventable. Ouelessebougou Alliance works in partnership with the local government to provide vaccinations to children ages 0-5 and expecting mothers. Children most at risk in Mali are newborns and if not vaccinated face great hardship. Vaccinations protect against disease but also help build immunity and provide a healthier start for children that face other issues such as malnutrition and extreme poverty. The biggest challenge is the hospital and local government do not have enough funding to meet the local demand for vaccinations. They also do not have the means to distribute the vaccinations to the surrounding villages of the Ouelessebougou Region. The Health Agents and Health Matrons in the 25 villages the Alliance supports are able to facilitate and organizes the vaccination process in these rural and remote areas. Mother's in these areas are given vaccination cards and track their children's health records closely.
In 2020, the Alliance hopes to provide up to 2500 children and 500 expecting mothers with vaccinations. The live threatening diseases we protect against are polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and the flu. In addition to the maternal vaccinations.
Help us spread the LOVE this Valentines Day and save a life for $5 in Mali, West Africa. We often spend $5 on lunch while $5 in Mali is extremely difficult for a village family to earn and most often can equal up to 2-3 days of work. This week of Valentines Day we hope to raise $2000 for vaccinations in Ouelessebougou Region. Your donation will save a life in Mali.
Nov 25, 2019
Education for girls in Ouelessebougou
By Emily Muir - Director of Development
The Alliance partners with twelve village schools in the Ouelessebougou region and last year 2, 042 children attended those schools. 43% of those students were GIRLS! Since the inception of the Alliance and its education programs the percentage of girls attending school has steadily increased.
Girls in villages face many obstacles when trying to receive an education. Girls are expected to stay home and help their mothers cook, clean and care for younger siblings. In addition, extreme poverty and even child labor is often a factor. The Alliance works in partnership with village chiefs to break down these barriers facing young girls and educate the villages on the importaqnce of girls receiving an education. The Alliance provides testbooks, school supplies and bench desks in order to provide a strong and successful learning environment. The schools are all maintained and have long term sustainability.
Education helps break the cycle of poverty. Education provides a foundation for growth and success through empowerment. When a girl is educated she is more likely to educate her children. When a girl is educated she will make it a priority to stay healthy, she will make it a priority to keep her children healthy she becomes empowered with knowledge about her enviornment and how to change it. An educated girl will be more likely to start a business and change her community and change her future for her family and future generations. When a girl has the opportunity to receive an education it changes everything, it changes the world.
Nov 11, 2019
Vaccinations in Ouelessebougou
By Emily Muir - Vaccinations Save Lives
Mali continues to face tremendous challenges due to wide spread poverty, instability and conflict. Our motivation is grounded in the belief that building “human capital”—the potential of individuals—is the most important long term investment we can make for the villagers’ future prosperity and quality of life.
Families, villagers and the communities we serve have many health risks. Not all of them have access to clean water and electricity. Many children die from simple causes such as diarrhea, measles and pneumonia. Having accessibility to vaccinations and proper health care training can change everything for a young child. The Alliance provides vaccinations for nine life threatening illnesses to children under the age of five and to expectant mothers. Women wait for long hours and sometimes even days to make sure their children are vaccinated. The Alliance partners with the local government to provide nine vaccinations which include: polio, yellow fever, measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, the flu, and tetanus.
The Alliance also provides health training through Health Matrons & Agents in Ouelessebougou and its surrounding 24 villages. Education about disease prevention is key to enhancing the quality of life. One of our Health Matrons stated, “Since the village of Farani started receiving vaccinations they have only had one infant death in several years.”
Last year, 48 village Health Matrons and apprentices received training. Twenty out 25 villages have active Village Health councils. Last year 12,952 children 0-5 were vaccinated and 2,619 expectant mothers received maternal immunizations which is an increase of 83% from 2017/2018. Vaccinations continue to save live in Ouelessebougou and give villagers hope for a healthier future for their children. Thank you for your donation to our vaccination program, it makes a direct impact in the lives of many families in Ouelessebougou.