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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 …

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. …

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 Traore

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 …