Transforming Lives in Mali, West Africa

Ouelessebougou Alliance is a non-profit organization working to lift communities out of extreme poverty.

Our Mission

Since 1986, we have partnered with villagers to transform the quality of life in the Ouelessebougou region of Mali, West Africa by delivering sustainable health, education and self-reliance programs.

Together We Lift Each Other

Ouelessebougou (way-less-say-boo-goo) Alliance. A big name with an even bigger impact. We are the pioneering non-profit organization which first connected Utah and Malian communities in 1986. 34 years later, we are the longest serving NGO in the Ouelessebougou region and continue to transform thousands of villagers' lives.

Our impact

Transforming Lives in Mali

Our longevity is attributed to our lasting commitment and relationships with our 25 partner villages. We focus on building human capacity to deliver long-term solutions which provide hope and opportunity for villagers.

90% of our revenue goes directly to our Malian programs.

Read our 2018 – 2019 Annual Report here.



Our Gala Auction is our premier fundraising event held annually at Little America Hotel. On April 25, join our host, Kristin Andrus, and nearly 400 guests for an exciting evening filled with Malian culture and entertainment, a delicious dinner buffet, African market, silent and live auctions, balloon raffle and more!

Whether you are a long-time supporter or a first timer, please join us for a memorable night as we celebrate our work and raise funds for our 2020 programs.

Contribute to Life. Education. Self Reliance.

Our resources are spent to address the urgent and long-term needs of the villagers. We are a trusted 501c3 with a solid reputation and our donors can feel confident knowing that their assistance goes directly to serve the community of Ouelessebougou.

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You can change a life. No gift is too small to make a big difference in Mali.

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