Back from Mali    

We’ve just come back from Mali, where we spent a week in the Mopti and Douentza regions.  The trip was extremely rewarding.  Our exchanges with community members and elected officials were moving, and the inauguration of the dam in Hombori was an equally emotional and joyous event.

The week was spent visiting the following regions to see about the possibility of implementing bikes and Biket Initiative bike building workshops:

  • Bandiagara – 9 candidate villages
  • Hombory – 7 candidate villages
  • Gossi – 3 candidate villages
  • Gandamia – 3 candidate villages
  • Koporo’na – 3 candidate villages

Each discussion confirmed the need to find a solution for transportation can facilitate access to junior high and high school. Most children stop going to school due to the lack of reliable transportation to and from school, as well as the absence of on-campus housing.

During this trip, we also looked into the possibility of enhancing school cafeteria lunches with the iron rich dietary supplement, spirulina, which is grown and farmed locally.

Thanks to the generous donation from the Mali Club at Jean Moulin Middle School in Chaville, we were able to purchase five bikes locally for students in the village of Tégourou.  This initial purchase is a trial to test the durability of the bikes.

I’ll soon be posting online a video interview with Abdramane, the Director of the Tégourou Primary School built by Grain de Sable. Abdramane and the school will be the first beneficiaries of Biket Initiative in the Bandiagara region.

 

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