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:
Participants are significant contributors in all projects and programs
Build capacity in individuals and commmunities
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 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.
Education Councils & Plans
We work with village education councils to provide formal education for children who would otherwise not have that opportunity.
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.
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
- 2,042Children Educated1182Mosquito Nets Distributed15,531Children & Pregnant Women Vaccinated48Teachers Trained & Supervised
- 75Health Agents, Matrons & Apprentices1250Feminine Hygene Kits* (In partnership with Days for Girls)1Constructed solar pump well for school garden