VN mosque, Mamarila
The success of the first PVDP (Pilot Village Deployment Program) strategy in Dantiola (Dendjola) and surrounding villages has been recognised by the World Bank, who - as a result of our success in the 2009 Development Marketplace competition - have provided some matching funding for setting up similar programs in Burkina Faso and elsewhere in Mali. And some funding has been granted to us by the Dutch Triodos Foundation to back part of the costs of the third and fourth years of the Dantiola PVDP. Included with this report are more photos of some of the village houses and mosques built in the villages around Dantiola.
AVN's work in Mali only started a few years ago, but already 30 masons have ben trained in vault construction, and there are 49 apprentices in the current training program. In total, some 180 vaults have been built since AVN started working in Mali, not only for village houses, but also some schools, dispensaries, and community centres.
Plans are in hand for recruiting a local team to supervise recruitment and training of apprentices, with headquarters probably to be based in Segou, on the bank of the Niger river, a town with a location centrally placed with respect to current and planned AVN programs in the country. AVN-Mali is in the process of being officially registered as an NGO by the Government of Mali.
The needs for decent housing in Mali are colossal - encroachment of the Sahara desert and deforestation means that the bush timber used for building tradional flat roofs is increasingly scarce and unavailable. Poorer rural families cannot afford to purchase 'modern' roofing materials such as corrugated iron sheets and sawn timber beams - which, in any case, provide little or no protection from the extremes of heat and cold, and only last a few years before they need replacing. Although we have received some funding, as mentioned above, to support development of our work in Mali, it is a drop in the ocean (or a grain of sand in the desert), and we need to raise matching funding. So, any help you can provide will be much appreciated.
Village house, Nougoure
VN mosque, Coucoun