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Have you been to Ouelessebougou in the Past Twenty-four Years? If so, You have definitely seen or known this man.

Sekouba Traore has been working for the Ouelessebougou Alliance as a groundskeeper for 24 years. Nowadays, he is the longest serving employee at the Alliance both in Utah and in Ouelessebougou. He always serves with a smile and joy. How did this amazing man, Sekouba join the Alliance? Sekouba Traore has been working for the Ouelessebougou Alliance as a groundskeeper …

Moving from Poverty to Prosperity through Self-Reliance Business Training in Ouelessebougou

From January 27 th to 29th, Ouelessebougou Alliance partnered with Interweave Solutions on business training for five of our partner villages, the representatives of the Ouelessebougou Youth Association and Women’s Association and our local staff in the Ouelessebougou office. Interweave Solutions is an international organization that specializes in self-reliance and have programs in over 25 countries. The workshop gathered twenty-three participants: …

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 …

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 …