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.
Oct 15, 2015

Back to School!

Well, it's that time of year again! Both here in the US and in Mali students are headed back to school.

Recently in one of our villages, Famana, the principal of the school there shared a story that children - both boys and girls - some as young as 4 years, were walking to school to listen in on the lessons and learn, despite the fact they weren't technically enrolled. And the teachers, graciously and patiently allowed them to listen in.

Famana has been one of the villages where are education initiatives have been successfully implemented, which includes: teacher trainings for all teacher, providing school supplies such as book and bench desks, and increasing enrollment numbers of village children, especially among girls.

Thanks to the wonderful teachers who give so much to make sure children in remote villages also have a safe place to learn! And thanks to all of you who continue to support our education initiatives and turn these children’s dreams into reality!

Oct 12, 2015

Vaccinations Save Lives

Health Agent Vaccinating a Child
Health Agent Vaccinating a Child

In Mali the rainy season has just ended. The rainy season is one of the worst times for diseases -- such as Malaria -- in Western Africa. 

But the Ouelessebougou Alliance is determined to help limit the number of preventable diseases, especially among women and children.

Last year alone, the Alliance gave over 4,300 life saving vaccines to women and children in over 100 villages.

Our vaccines protect against 9 diseases and cost less than $15 to fully vaccinate one child.

As we enter the dry season, the Alliance continues to work in partnership with the government and village health workers to educate villagers on these diseases, the importance of vaccinations, and facilitating the vaccines.

We are proud of the villagers and the work they have been doing to ensure their families and villages are safe and healthy!

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Sep 3, 2015

The Rainy Season

Kids & pregnant women are at most risk of malaria.
Kids & pregnant women are at most risk of malaria.

It was a particularly wet rainy season, which is a blessing.  Some of our village wells were dry in March and that was 3 months before the rains would come. We hope that there was enough rain this summer so that the wells will continue to produce water for the next 9 months.

But the rainy season also brings mosquitos and this year they were bad.  Just last week we lost two little ones under the age of 5 in the village of Tamala.  Their families had nets.  I am waiting to hear from our Field Director about the condition of the nets.  Maybe there was a hole?  Maybe they were trying to cover too many people with one net and it wasn't secure?  Maybe the children were bit before nightfall, which is becoming more and more common.

We cannot claim 100% success with the nets.  No organization can. BUT, we do know that nets are the best tool to fight malaria.  Until a vaccine is approved, insecticide treated nets along with proper training on how to use the net along with follow up to ensure nets are being used is our best weapon.

Thanks for your continued support of our mosquito net program.  We are making a difference and have seen an almost 92% decrease in malaria in our villages.  

We can always use more nets so please continue to support this lifesaving program and encourage your friends to do so as well.

With gratitude,

Angie

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