PROJECTS (2016 - PRESENT)

Revitalizing Communities through Sustainable Growth

Since our conception in 2004, service to Mali's most vulnerable communities has been at the forefront of our mission. At International Solidarity for Africa - Mali, we have remained committed to our projects in the environmental, health, human services, and economic sectors. Detailed summaries of our past milestones can be found below.

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PROJECT TO PROTECT THE RESTORATION
OF DEGRADED SOIL AND ADAPT TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Serving the rural commune of Yallankoro Soloba, Yanfolila Cercle, in the Sikasso Region.
Funded by the Global Environment Facility.

Impacts:

  • The local populations’ general understanding concerning administrative and political authorities is assured throughout                            the official launch. 

  • 8,000 people are made aware of the causes of climate change and of the necessity to adopt adaptive measures and to restore        ground vegetation. 

  • A project management committee has been implemented and functions in each village involved in the project. 

  • Among the 80 farmer-trainers, 20 community counselors are being trained in rainfall measurement, plant production, and                     DRS-CES techniques. 

  • 80% of villagers measure rainfall when farming. 

  • 80% of villagers grow improved seeds adapted to the climate.

  • Farmers’ yields have increased by 15%. 

  • 30,000 local endangered plants are being grown in nurseries. 

  • 40 hectares of forest are protected and enriched by local gas to form a carbon sink. 

  • 100 villagers are engaged in agroforestry on 50 hectares of land, i ½ a hectare per person. 

  • 20 hectares of degraded land are being restored through the planting of cover crops.

  • A local convention has been set up and has gained the respect of the population.

  • A Communal Environmental Action Program is being formulated. 

  • The achievements of the project are being distributed on 200 DVDs and by media.

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PROJECT PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN OF MAGNAMBOUGOU VIA MARKET GARDENING

Serving the rural commune of Dialakoroba, Kati Cercle, in the Koulikoro Region.
Funded by the German committee, the Women’s World Day of Prayer.

Impacts:

  • The training of a management committee overseeing market gardening techniques. 

  • The training of a revenue management committee. 

  • Improvements in women’s incomes. 

  • Improvements in nutrition among local children. 

  • Commitment to the idea of creating a market garden cooperative to be produced and sold. 

  • Establishment of training tools - themes, attendance register.

  • Establishment of operation management tools (accounting books). 

  • Establishment of keeping of minutes of meetings, attendance register at IEC sessions. 

  • Reduction in woodcutting as the sole activity of women before the implementation of the initiative in the region. 

  • Establishment of a support program, making the market profitable, providing easy access to it, and ensuring that flow paths are       readily available.

  • Beneficiaries of the project are empowered. 

  • Production potential

  • Added value created from income-generating activities (IGA).

  • Demand for income-generating activities (IGA) in the market. 

  • Improved food security

  • Socio-economic feasibility of IGA. 

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PROJECT TO PROVIDE DRINKING WATER AND PROMOTE HYGIENIC AND SANITARY PRACTICES THROUGH THE INSTALLATION OF THREE WELLS AND PROVIDED SANITATION MATERIAL

Serving the rural commune of Sobra, Kati Cercle in the region of Koulikoro. 
Funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Three wells with manually operated pumps were installed in three rural villages (Bédéya, N’Golo, and Tambalé) in the rural commune of Sobra (Sandama), Kati Cercle, in the Koulikoro Region.


Impact:

  • More than 7,240 people now have access to drinking water. 

  • The rate of malnutrition among children and women of childbearing age have been reduced. 

  • Women are able to devote more time to other income generating activities, when they previously had to travel more than 10 km searching for water. 

  • Disputes between local animal breeders and local populations have decreased.

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PROJECT TO RAISE AWARENESS AMONG TRADITIONAL, RELIGIOUS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF THE DANGERS OF FEMALE CIRCUMCISION AND TO PROMOTE ITS ABANDONMENT

Serving the rural commune of Dialakoroba, Kati Cercle, in the Koulikoro Region.
Funded by the Women’s World Day of Prayer (Germany).

Impacts

  • Debate over the problems associated with female circumcision is not longer a taboo among the traditional, community and religious leaders in the target villages of this project. 

  • Each village is equipped with a committee (consisting of both men and women) advocating for the                                            abandonment of female circumcision.   

  • Each committee formulates a locally-suitable action plan for the abandonment of female circumcision. 

  • At least 60% of the population is able to cite two risks or consequences associated with the practice of female circumcision. 

  • At least 90% of female circumcision practitioners informed by the project are able to explain the risks and consequences associated with the practice of female circumcision. 

  • An oversight committee exists in each village to monitor the illegal practices of certain individuals. 

  • A local law for the abandonment of the practice of female circumcision was passed and signed by local authorities; its implementation is ensured by village leaders and councilors. 

  • Increased awareness of female circumcision’s dangers among young people and students in local schools. 

  • Peer educators exist in all schools to raise widespread awareness among children in the commune. 

  • The training of management committees on the short-term and long-term consequences of the practice of female circumcision. 

  • Direct collaboration with health services to widen the scope of information and awareness. 

  • The involvement of local radio stations in changing behavior was a noteworthy accomplishment.

innovative ways to implement them.

We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative data, and using that information to measure shifts and changes from our baseline measurements.

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PROJECT TO SUPPORT THE INCOME-GENERATING ACTIVITIES (IGA) OF FOUR WOMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS

Serving the fourth commune of the Bamako District.

Impact

  • Income among female beneficiaries increased.

  • The level of food self-sufficiency among beneficiary families improved. 

  • A diversification of sources of income was achieved. 

  • Different associations and different association members have begun working together. 

  • The planned number of training sessions, presentations and conferences conducted was attained.

  • The number of women benefiting from building credit has grown. 

  • The profits of associations and the number of people receiving them grew. 

  • Growth in the number of new associations created. 

  • More local women participate in community activities than before.

  • Women play a more active role in community decision-making. 

  • The number of women-owned businesses in the sixth commune of the District of Bamako increased. 

  • More community associations are prepared for success.

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PROJECT TO CONSTRUCT A COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

Serving the rural Commune of Namala Guimbala, Kita Cercle, in the Kayes Region.

Impacts:

  • Reduction in the commune’s infant and neonatal mortality rates.

  • Reduction in complications during childbirth among mothers. 

  • Active campaign against infant diseases.

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PROGRAM TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT HIV AND AIDS

within the framework of the Bamako Sénou airport extension. 
Funded by the Chinese enterprise, SINOHYDRO.

Impact: 

  • 300-400 Chinese workers and 600-700 local workers were educated about STIs, HIV and/or AIDS. 

  • 60% of local and Chinese workers adopted behavior that decreased the likelihood of transmitting an STI, HIV and/or AIDS. 

  • The surrounding population equally began adopting behaviors that reduce the risk of transmitting an STI, HIV and/or AIDS. 

  • Local and Chinese workers and the surrounding population were made aware of at least four ways of transmitting and preventing the spread of STIs, HIV and/or AIDS.

  • The surrounding population was educated about STIs, HIV and AIDS. 

  • Men’s and women’s condoms are available for free at 10 different points within the construction zone and out of the homes of         Chinese workers.

  • Care is available to individuals with HIV, AIDS and/or STIs at approved facilities.

 

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