Arts to End Genocide continues to deliver joy and hope to the children and women at the Faladje IDP Camp in Bamako, Mali. Because of the positive feedback we received with our first “Dance Program” which taught the children their traditional Malian dances, we have continued, and expanded that program. Our instructors have added storytelling to further enrich the children’s lives. The children, as well as the mothers, look forward to these weekly sessions with much anticipation and excitement.
We are introducing a hygiene program so as to teach the children as well as the parents, good hygiene practices. Since they literally live on a garbage dump, and were excepting these conditions as “normal” ATEG felt there was a very strong need for this training.
Because of your generous donations we have continued to help the Women’s Cooperative develop markets for their beautiful products. The hand made merchandise produced by the women that ATEG trained in sewing, are now selling at Tryon Palace Museum Gift Shop in New Bern, NC. We are also doing a test market in Bamako supermarkets as we develop local venues for their products. Educated, working mothers help the whole community in the Faladje Camp.
We continue to distribute rice on a monthly basis. During Ramadan we also gave oil to each family.
Doctors continue to provide medical service to the Camp as well as providing medicine. The Children’s Clinic has increased the amount of examinations and has requested an increase in the amount of medicine which we provide. ATEG also has added a woman to visit the camps to provide sex education and raise awareness about STDs.
We thank you for your support of these women and children living on a garbage dump and hope that you tell a friend about this program in the hope that they, too, might want to help the vulnerable people in the Faladje IDP Camp in Bamako, Mali.
By Paula Al-Saihati | Sponsor an IDP Child, Project Leader
Arts to End Genocide's program to Sponsor an IDP child at the Faladje Camp in Bamako, Mali, has continued through the year 2023. We had some very positive feedback about the dance program that was instituted at the end of 2022 and another session has now started. It is our goal to not only feed the children and their families but to give them a little joy during their otherwise dismal existence on a garbage dump.
An outsider was brought in to evaluate the program. Suzanne Diarra is the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. For the evaluation she visited the camp twice and asked questions of the children and the parents - the following are the highlights:
According to the children, dancing is an opportunity for them to come together and have fun.
“Dancing is important because it allows us to forget certain worries,” said an 11-year-old boy who had attended dance classes since the first lesson. Apart from a few children interviewed, most say they do not even know the importance of this dance but they like to participate in it.
According to some children, in addition to dance movements, they learned to count. Many children today know numbers.
The children come to participate in these dance sessions to have fun and to have gifts. During our interviews with the children, one child let us know that he would like to be a great dancer one day if he finds the means to go to a dance school, he will.
According to some parents of children who attended this activity, dancing helps to entertain the children and create social cohesion between them. Many children met on the site through this activity. The time devoted to dancing allows some parents to do their domestic activities more quickly and safely in the absence of children. The children who participated can now count from 1 to 10 in the Bamanankan language.
There is no fixed number of children determined to participate in this activity. But we find that there are more than eighty children up to 200 participating. The different dances the children were taught included different regions and ethnic groups: Bambara, Fulani, Woloso and Bobo.
The money donated to the "Sponsor an IDP Child" goes to the whole community. Training for the Women's Cooperative formed at the Camp has given several of the mothers training in how to run a business. From the sewing initiative, ATEG is now offering some of their products to be sold at The Tryon Palace Museum in New Bern, NC. We hope to get more of their sewing products out to the public in the near future. Educated, working mothers help the whole community at the Faladje Camp. As in the past year, ATEG coninues to distribute rice on a monthly basis, pay for physicians and nurses at the clinic, as well as pay for medicines that they need.
We thank you all for your generous support and hope that you tell a friend about this program, so that they too, might want to sponsor a child living on a garbage dump in Bamako, Mali.
ATEG is ending 2022 on a high note. The Women’s Center building was completed and ownership was transferred to the women. The building has solar panels so they can have power to run fans and have lights. The ladies can come there to sew, hold business meetings or visit with each other. They formed a Cooperative which is limited to Faladje IDP women. They drafted Bylaws to help run it. Some of the women are being trained in marketing and finance so they will have the skills to run an efficient business.
The ladies have asked to learn how to do henna. Henna is a dye prepared from the henna tree (Lawsonia inermis). This is used to decorate the skin - especially hands and feet - during festive occasions such as weddings or the Islamic Eids. It has been in practice for over 5000 years in Pakistan, India, Africa and the Middle East.
Many more people have sponsored children in the Faladje Camp. 100% of the money raised through these sponsorships goes to help with projects that benefit all the children in the camp. One of these projects, which started this Fall, was the Children’s Traditional Dance Workshop. The classes were taught by Solo Sans Souleymane, a professional Malian dance instructor, and an ATEG Board member. Our goal was not only an educational one, where the children would know their own cultural dances, but also to bring joy and happiness to their beautiful faces. We are happy to note that many of the girls are also participating in these classes.
As in the past year, ATEG continues to distribute rice on a monthly basis, pay for physicians and nurses at the clinic as well as pay for medicines that they need.
We thank you all for your generous support and extend our best wishes for the New Year.
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