Our Work in Mali

Our Approach

Our programs develop from the underlying premise that the citizens of Ouelessebougou will themselves identify the most critical needs in their village. They determine locally viable and sustainable solutions, and then, when possible provide the human and physical resources to satisfy those needs in an ecologically responsible manner. 

In all our projects and partnerships, we strive to follow the three core principles of development:

Ownership

Participants are significant contributors in all projects and programs

sustainability

Build capacity in individuals and commmunities

accountability

Programs produce qualitative and quantitave results

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to achieve self-reliance or solve their own problems. It is the approach demonstrated in the adage, “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” 

Our Programs

 Our program focus is in health and education. We partner with villagers to help them reach their goals for self-reliance. We teach principles to solve problems vs. fixing issues with temporary solutions. Through sustainable resources and training, villagers are empowered to break the cycle of poverty for themselves. 

We take a human-centric approach to accomplish each initiative. Each year our projects are chosen under the direction of our Mali staff to provide relevant and locally vetted programs. We are able to meet villager-identified needs by encouraging their participation on every level. Our sustainable projects may vary depending on the unique or critical needs of each village.

HEALTH

Health Workers & Councils

We collaborate with health workers to achieve their goals in sanitation, nutrition and disease prevention.

Malaria Prevention

We strive to prevent Mali's most life-threatening disease through health training and mosquito net distribution.

Vaccinations

We provide life-saving immunizations to children and pregnant mothers through our vaccination program.

Wells & Nutrition

We fight malnutrition through drinking and garden wells, gardens, and nutrition training.

Sanitation

We improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene solutions through health education.

Days for Girls

We empower girls and women through sustainable feminine hygiene solutions.

Specialized Health Care

We partner with Utah medical teams to provide unavailable or expensive healthcare to villagers.

EDUCATION

Education Councils & Plans

We work with village education councils to provide formal education for children who would otherwise not have that opportunity.

Effective Teachers

We support the education program in our 12 partner schools by providing teaching resources, supplies, teacher training and supervision.

School Facilities & Materials

We supply sufficient school facilities and materials to ensure a quality learning environment.

Literacy Workshops

We increase opportunities for literacy by instructing youth and adults on reading, writing and mathematics.

Self-Reliance & Business Training

We lift village men and women out of poverty through village self-reliance groups.

Our 2018 - 2019 Impact

  • 2,042
    Children Educated

    1182
    Mosquito Nets Distributed

    15,531
    Children & Pregnant Women Vaccinated

    48
    Teachers Trained & Supervised

  • 75
    Health Agents, Matrons & Apprentices

    1250
    Feminine Hygene Kits* (In partnership with Days for Girls)

    1
    Constructed solar pump well for school garden