Jun 8, 2020

Vaccinations in Mali, West Africa

Millions of deaths are caused each year by preventable diseases in third world countries.  Vaccinations are a proven resolution and also the most cost effective resolution that is availblae to these countries and their governments.  However, in Mali the goverment continues to fail to keep up with the vaccinations and in the villages the families do not have the resources, funds and sometimes the healthcare knowledge to get vaccinations for their children.  In Mali, specifically in rural areas infectious diseases contiues to be the number one reason for death.  

When a child grows up economically disadvantaged and in great poverty they are at greater risk of disease.  They most likely do not have access to clean water, are subjected to malnutrition and do not have access to good healthcare.  This creates the domino effect; a viscious cycle.  When a mother has access to vaccinations and the ability to vaccinate her child it automatically breaks that cycle.  It gives her child a better chance at fighting off infectious disease.  When a child is vaccinated, the child has a better chance of fighting off disease, of staying in school, of working and gaining employment and becoming a healthy and sucessful adult, thus boosting the economy.  

In the rural communities villagers already face malaria which continues to take the lives of one out of every five children that are under the age of five.  It is the number one cause of death among infants.  We must continue to provide vaccinations to prevent the spread of other infectious diseases to give children the chance to survive in these rurual villages.  Most recently we have seen the spread of a new deadly virus, COVID-19.  It is now more important than ever to continue to vaccinate.  The Alliance continues to partner with the government and 25 villages to provide vaccinations against nine deadly diseases to childrten under the age of five and expecting mothers.  The cost to vaccinate a child, to save a life is $5 in Mali, West Africa.  Please consider helping us continue to rasie money for vaccinations and prevent the spread of infectious disease.    

Feb 20, 2020

Education for girls in Ouelessebougou

Girls still have lower education rates than boys in West Africa, particularly in Mali and the Ouelessebougou Region.  Largely in part because in rural villages young girls are married very young and face economic hardship and extreme poverty.  Girls are most often married before they are emotionally and physically mature or prepared.  They are married because their own families can no longer provide for them.  After they are married, young girls most often become young mothers and their education becomes non-existant.  

Educating girls is an essential process in empowering women and also helping to further the development of Mali.  When girls marry young they drop out of school, experience poor helath, have more children over a longer period of time and earn less money as an adult.  When women have access to education, they make it a priority to seek out better health care because they are educated about it.  They develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.  They teach their children about the importance of education and health care.  When girls are educated they are more likely to develop a skill or trade.  They become empowered and have the ability to lift their families, children and villages from poverty.  

Most young girls that do receive a primary education still drop out by 5th or 6th grade.  Ouelessebougou Alliance supports 12 village schools in the Ouelessebougou Region.  It is our goal to educate as many girls as possible but also to provide them with a quality education.  Education for girls is vital for the health and prosperity of villages in Ouelessebougou.  Women and their children are faced with extreme hardship on a daily basis but if they are educated they are much more likely to be able to conquer these problems.  In addition to 12 schools the Alliance provides Literacy Workshops in 12 villages for girls ages 12 and older.  Girls can attend the literacy workshops in the evenings.  The Alliance provides training for the teachers on reading, math and lesson planning.  Last year, 24 teachers attended and 96 textbooks were distributed.  In addition, the Alliance supports 12 village schools.  All village schools are supported by Education Councils who work with schools, teachers and parents on literacy goals.  Village parents are taught the importance of education for girls in Mali!  Last year, 43% of students enrolled in our village schools were girls!  Help us continue our success and by educating girls in Ouelessebougou.  

Feb 10, 2020

Vaccinate Children for Valentine's Day

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.  

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