Progress on the Community Clinic in Sikoro is coming along, slowly but steadily!
We have elected and established the committee to oversee the clinic management after its construction, and another committee to do fundraising within the community. More than 400 people (219 registered adults) showed up to the “constituting assembly”.
We have submitted our application for the legal status of the clinic, the “ASACOMSI 2” (Association de Santé Communautaire de Sikoro 2). All the architect’s plans and engineer’s estimations for the building itself are complete, and the committees are starting the long process of collecting small taxes every month from the residents of Sikoro for their contribution the cost of the clinic. Hopefully we will have fundraised enough money to begin construction in March, 2008. We are partnered with the local government, as we believe that it is our role to foster rather than replace the public system, and we are asking the government to build an extension to the clinic in 2009. In the mean time, we continue to do public peer education on malaria and hygiene, including a malaria theater and mosquito-net distribution festival, pictured in the project gallery.
Furthermore, Mali Health Organizing Project’s peer educators have gone out into each house in the community and explained resident’s rights regarding the clinic, the process of voting for clinic committee members, and the benefits of membership (half-price consultations, voting rights). We have talked with the Imams of the village, the chiefs of each sector of the town, and other village leaders about promoting the clinic and fundraising. We are also starting to use local radio to explain the campaign and our accountability system.
We will not begin construction on the clinic until the fundraising is complete, so that the building is not harmed by rain. Thanks to all those who have contributed so far. With the money that has been given, we have a foundation (both literally and figuratively). The next few months of fundraising will be difficult, but we remain confident that it is possible to raise the requisite funds. Please help out by donating or spreading the word.
Peux ce que veux. Where there is a will there is a way.