Bassa School Garden

Primary education is key in creating a healthier generation free from the burdens of malnutrition. Food insufficiency is associated with significantly poorer cognitive functioning, decreased school attendance and diminished academic achievement. Chronic food insecurity is still a serious concern in rural Mali. The Alliance is combating this issue with our school nutrition program which gives village students the training and …

33rd Annual Gala Auction

Together We Lift Each Other For more than three decades, the Alliance has hosted one of Salt Lake City’s premiere fundraising events to support our sister community of Ouelessebougou in Mali, West Africa.  Please join us for the 33rd Annual Gala Auction on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Little America Hotel. This amazing evening is a night to celebrate our mission …

Teacher Spotlight: Kadiatou Traurig

The 1st and 2nd graders at the Tamala school carefully write letters on their small chalkboards. They listen to their teacher Kadiatou Traurig paying little attention to the two month old baby laying on her desk. Kadiatou is back to work with baby Isa in tow. Kadiatou is 31 years old and a mother 4. She is a dedicated teacher, …

The Gift of Sight: Opthalmology Expedition

We are grateful to our partners at Utah Valley Eye Center for teaming with the Alliance to bring sight to the people of Mali. Our local Malian staff works closely with the Ouelessebougou hospital and government to foster strong relationships and facilitate medical expeditions. As one of the few international NGO’s still providing health services in the region, the Alliance and …

Changing Lives through Days for Girls

In the remote village of Fanikodialan, women gather under a tin roof awning to listen. Some come with shy toddlers by their side. Young mothers bring their babies wrapped tightly on their backs. The elderly sit on stumps or wood chairs while the others scoot together to sit on the floor. Others arrive late after working in their homes and …

Health Agents, Health Matrons, and Health Apprentices

The Ouelessebougou Alliance always has and continues to support diverse, sustainable initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare in our partner villages and the surrounding regions. Each program is tailor-made to suit local challenges and must satisfy different needs in a community. One such initiative we at the Alliance are especially proud of is our support of Health Agents, Health …

Training Gardens and Garden Wells – Knowledge Meets Nutrition in Ouelessebougou

    Since 1986, the Oulessebougou Alliance has engaged in transformative, cooperative initiatives that have improved the quality of life in the region through health and education. Education and health go hand-in-hand, and students cannot be expected to properly learn when they go hungry. Malnutrition is a serious concern in Mali and to fight the issue, the Alliance has developed …

Classroom Construction Underway in Neneko

  The village of Neneko is in desperate need of three new classrooms. The old mud-brick classrooms are completely unsafe and unusable. Over the past two years, the village has been able to manage due to a critical need for sons and daughters to support their families’ income. Many students had to leave school to go work at the neighborhood mines. The …

Annual Health Matron Training

The week of May, the Mali staff conducted the annual health training for 25 Matrons and Matron Apprentice training. These women gathered together at the Ouelessebougou compound and received training in neonatal resuscitation, disease prevention, nutrition and health issues for women and girls. With this education, they will work with the health councils to provide sustainable solutions to improve the health …