May be the Future Minister of Economy and Finance in Mali

MONZON BAGAYOKO When Monzon was growing up in Dialakroro-Keleya, the only option the village students had was to attend the Koranic school. Surprisingly, this great organization, the Ouelessebougou Alliance built the first and ever elementary school. “Honestly, the villagers did not know the importance of formal education, but that did not discourage the Ouelessebougou Alliance to support and accompany our …

2019 Administrative Expedition

Have you ever celebrated a new year in Mali?  The Ouelessebougou Alliance Administration team had the opportunity to ring in 2020 in Ouelessebougou. The 2019 expedition team included 10 people: three staff members from the Salt Lake City office (Judy, Emily and Djiba), three OA board members (Robyn, Dick and Mike) and four volunteers (Bronte, Emma, Diane and Eddie). Seven …

Festival of Djitoumou

The Festival of Djitoumou will be held November 18 – 24th this year. Ouelessebougou is the capital city of the Djitoumou region. The Djitoumou is a huge traditional geographical area between the right bank of Niger and Banimonotie. It is composed of two communes: Sanankoro Djitoumou and Ouelessebougou. “Djitoumou is a large village where major cultural events were held during …

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Teninfing Samake

“If I was not at school, I would be married already and with my husband’s family. Somewhere in my village or somewhere else. But my parents would like me to focus on my studies so that I can have success in my life.” I am Teninfing Samake from the village of Bamakoni. I had the privilege to attend the school built …

Malian Independence Day

September 22nd is a day of celebration in Ouelessebougou History On September 22nd 1960, Mali became Independent from the French colonization. Modibo Keita fought for independence of the French Sudan, currently the Republic of Mali. He became the first president of Mali from 1960 to 1968. As the new president of Mali, Modibo followed a socialist political path and changed …

“Education has Transformed My Life”

Adama Diarra began his education at the Fadiobougou school. Now a college graduate, he has hope for a bright future. This young man, Adama Diarra, was born and raised in a very poor family in Fadiobougou, which is one of the Alliance partner villages in the Ouelessebougou region. The village is twenty kilometers from Ouelessebougou. Like other starving kids in …

Power of Teachers’ Training

The Ouelessebougou Alliance believes that great teacher training and support are the keys to success and change lives of village students. Salif Diawara is one of our excellent elementary teachers in the village of Bassa, in Mali. Mr. Diawara has been teaching for twenty-two years with sixteen years’ experience in the Ouelessebougou Alliance’s schools, including Dialakoro Keleya, Famana, and Bassa. …