A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PUBLIC HEALH PROJECT IN MALI
WHAT WE DO
COMMUNITY-LED PROJECTS FOR A HEALTHIER FUTURE
Washing hands with soap is one of the most powerful and cost-effective life saving measures on earth. At the beginning, The Wash Project began as a vehicle to share this life-saving message. Since our first project in 2011, it has grown into an entrepreneurial development initiative for local women, helped young people develop leadership skills, and started sports tournaments that draws thousands of spectators each year, all to reinforce our main message:
Washing hands with soap saves lives.
HOW WE DO IT
The Wash Project is led by the community members themselves - that's why it works. Our program director, Tieblecoro Samaké has been with us since the beginning, and has partnered with his community in Ouelessebougou, Mali to create programs that reflect their needs and dreams. We rely on the expertise and commitment of many people to make The Wash Project work. Here are the people that keep this life-saving work moving forward:
WOMENS' SOAP MAKING COOPERATIVE
With opportunity, comes empowerment
As The Wash Project grew, so did our need for soap. We asked a group of local women if they'd like to learn a trade and entrepreneurial skills. Though many had never worked outside of the home before, they began it with courage, and it has thrived ever since. The women in this group now make all of the soap for each of the participating 18 local schools in Ouelessebougou.
BOYS' SOCCER TOURNAMENT
The Wash Cup - education through sports
How to bring this message beyond the schools? After listening to the community, we began the Wash Cup, a soccer tournament that is made up of boys from each of the participating schools. At each match, the message of washing hands with soap is reinforced. The Wash Cup now draws thousands of spectators each year, and lasts for over three months.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Making history in Ouelessebougou
With the success of the Wash Cup for boys, we sought a similar opportunity for local girls. After asking them about their wishes, we learned that they'd rather play basketball. The Coupe du DCAP, named after their school district, is the first organized sporting event created especially for girls in Ouelessebougou. Many girls have shared with us that they feel proud to share their talents with the community.
THE WASH CLUB
Young ambassadors of public health
As we've grown, The Wash Project has relied on the initiative of young students to reinforce the message of washing hands with soap in their own families and communities. The young people who volunteer to be ambassadors work side by side with our project director, Tieblecoro Samaké, learning leadership skills along the way.
Program Director & Co-Founder
Tieblecoro Samaké has been the heart and soul of our work since the very beginning. He has dedicated countless hours to serving the community, listening to what they have to say, and working in collaboration to create programs that bring health, livelihood and connection. His willingness to bring innovative ideas has continued to make history in the community where he grew up and still lives.
7 WAYS TO BECOME AN EXCEPTIONAL LEADER
While on a trip to Mali as part of a medical mission, Barclay was introduced to the need of the community in Ouelessebougou, as well as its remarkable capacity. After learning about the devastating rates of infant mortality and how great an impact hand washing could have on the lives of the community, Barclay began this work with Tieblecoro in 2011. The Wash Project now serves over 7,000 children in the area of Ouelessebougou.
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The Wash Project is a 501c3 organization, so all of your donations are tax-deductible. Thanks so much!