|Our initial task was to raise money to support J&D's integrated development programme for Manankoro, an area of 5,000 sq. km. in southern Mali, near the border with Cote d’Ivoire. The population is around 26,000 people with Manankoro village as the centre of the Commune. The Project had a number of components; as well as working with young people and womens’ groups it aimed to increase the level of literacy in Manankoro from 2% to 30%. It provided a network of health care in an area which at present has no doctor and hardly any medical staff. A key objective is to reduce the rate of infant mortality-119.4 per 1,000 as opposed to 5.4 in the UK. The whole project is based on sustainability, so the work also concentrated on developing local capacity and skills.Until very recently the area has been largely ignored by development organisations, though some other agencies have now also begun to work in the region.|
To help the expansion of Ntentou school, specifically with new classroms, teachers' rooms, latrines and resources. Class sizes were around 50, with two classes being taught at the same time by one teacher in one room. With more classrooms, the state will provide more teachers.The school in N’tentou, which was completed in 2004 now has 145 pupils over three classes
Provision of a replacement vehicle for J&D.We had fantastic support from Toyota UK, Amersham and Wycombe College and HM Prison Service and the vehicle arrived in Mali in early 2005.
Manakoro Women's Project
This saw the provision of grain grinding mills, a small credit scheme, reading materials, medical equipment and teaching materials. It was funded by money raised during Kennington Overseas Aid Week - many thanks to the committee and supporters at KOA
The purchase of a motor bike for the health workers
|This allows them to provide health services for outlying villages in the region|
Purchase of a grain grinding mill for Lemouroutoumou.
Without it the women spent hours each day pounding grain by hand. Now they have a mill which everyone in the village uses and they're able to charge neighbouring villages for its use. Consequently the women now have time to grow vegetables and are making a small profit from the mill.
Following the success of the mill at Lemouroutoumou a further four mills have been purchased and the equivalent of £8000 in profits are currently available for the community.