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A COMMUNITY-DRIVEN PUBLIC HEALTH PROJECT IN MALI

 

urgent: covid-19 support

COVID-19 is spreading quickly on the continent of Africa.

The World Health Organization has advised that Africa prepare for the worst. To give the local health care professionals the best chance of keeping themselves and the community safe, we've launched a campaign to purchase some of the most critically-needed supplies. 

 

CURRENTLY:

We've nominated Wash Project ambassadors reaching every neighborhood in Ouelessebougou to help us deliver soap, clean water and protective masks for free to the most vulnerable. 

We will continue this work until we have ​made it past COVID-19 together. 

Our financial goal is $15,000.

 

WHAT WE DO

Washing hands with soap is one of the most powerful and cost-effective life saving measures on earth.

The Wash Project began as a vehicle to share this critical message. Since 2011, it has grown into an entrepreneurial development initiative for local women, helped young people develop leadership skills, and started sports tournaments that draw thousands of spectators each year, all to reinforce our main message: 

washing hands with soap saves lives. 

 

OUR APPROACH

The Wash Project is led by the community members themselves.

We partner with the community in Ouelessebougou, Mali to create programs that reflect their needs and dreams. It takes 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

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 their work continues today.  

BOYS' SOCCER TOURNAMENT

To spread the word, we began the Wash Cup, a soccer tournament that is made up of boys from each of the Wash Project's participating schools. At each match, the message of washing hands with soap is reinforced.

The Wash Cup now draws thousands of spectators each year. 

 
 

GIRLS' BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

With the success of the Wash Cup for boys, we sought a similar opportunity for local girls.

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

 

As we've grown, The Wash Project has relied on the initiative of young people and students to reinforce the message of washing hands with soap in their own families. The young people who volunteer to be ambassadors work side by side with the community, learning leadership skills along the way. 

 
 

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OUR TEAM

TIEBLECORO SAMAKÉ

 

A Ouelessebougou native, Tieblecoro Samaké has been the heart and soul of our work since the beginning. He has dedicated countless hours to serving the community, and working in collaboration to create programs that bring health, livelihood and connection. His willingness to bring innovative ideas continues to make history in the community where he grew up and still lives. 

Program Coordinator & Co-Founder

BARCLAY MARTIN

 

While on a trip to Mali as part of a medical mission, Barclay was introduced to the community in Ouelessebougou, as well as its remarkable capacity. After learning about the devastating rates of infant mortality and the impact that hand washing could have on the lives of the community, Barclay began this work with Tieblecoro in 2011. The Wash Project now serves over 8,000 children. 

Co-Founder

 

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With COVID-19 presenting an unprecedented challenge worldwide, now is the time to support each other. 

 

As always, 100% of your donations will go to support the most urgent needs of the Ouelessebougou Hospital as they prepare to be on the front lines.

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