The Wash Project is a community-led initiative focused on improving public health through hand-washing and access to clean water, developing economic opportunities for women, and strengthening food security for rural communities in southern Mali.

The Wash Project is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.

OUR STORY

Since the beginning, The Wash Project has been focused on supporting the health of an entire community through the life-saving power of hand washing with soap. As we grew, we learned that the needs of the community were diverse, but interconnected. In order to have clean hands, clean water was also essential. 

With physical health as its foundation, we support the social health of the community through events and sports tournaments, as well as doing home visits to share information and learn about the challenges facing the most vulnerable families in the community. An interconnected neighborhood is a healthier one. 

With greater social cohesion comes the opportunity to nurture the economic health of a community. Our women's gardening initiative supports the dreams of hundreds of local women to maintain their own gardens, which increases their access to healthy food and improves their income as well. 

Roughly 70% of the people of Mali are engaged in agriculture in various forms. Our commitment to environmental health is also essential to support the flourishing of all life in the area. In addition to supporting organic gardening practices, we are also partnering with the community to invest in tree-planting campaigns with a focus on native species to help repair the soil health.

Our approach is simple: we learn from the community first. Then, we work cooperatively to remove the obstacles that are preventing them from realizing the physical, social, economic and environmental health needed in order to thrive.

 OUR TEAM 

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TIEBLECORO SAMAKE

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Tieblecoro has served communities in southern Mali with The Wash Project since 2011, working in collaboration to create programs that bring health, livelihood and connection.  His commitment to serving the most vulnerable members of the community is a defining characteristic of his leadership. Under his guidance, The Wash Project continues to make history in the community where he grew up and still lives with his wife and daughter.

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SAMBA SAMAKE

MEDIA MANAGER/INSTRUCTOR

Samba has been part of The Wash Project for years, first serving as a member of the Wash Club, a youth volunteer group that works with our team. Using his skills for storytelling and capturing photographs and video, Samba joined the team in 2020. 

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SATA CAMARA

STOVE PROJECT TEAM LEAD

Sata brings her knowledge of the challenges women face to providing a cleaner, safer, more environmentally-friendly stove for cooking. She and her team have already installed hundreds of stoves for local families, with plans to expand service in the coming years. 

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JONATHAN DIARRA

CARPENTER/FARMING INSTRUCTOR

Trained as a carpenter but also an experienced farmer, Jonathan plays an active role in working with every community we serve to maintain best farming practices and to encourage the development of new skills. 

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SANAMBA SAMAKE

REFORESTATION TEAM LEAD

Sanamba plays a lead role in restoring the most valuable and productive native trees through a variety of methods. She is also well-versed in creating traditional foods and other high-value products that come from these native species, to encourage additional income streams for local women. 

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BOURAMA SAMAKE

LAND SUPERVISOR/KOROBOLI

Bourama plays a lead role in the care of our project headquarters and caring for the diverse plant life on it. To encourage the regrowth of native trees, he serves as team lead for 'koroboli', which is the local term for a tree pruning technique known as FMNR (Farmer-Managed Natural Regeneration). 

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LASSINE SAMAKE

EARTHWORKS/RAINWATER HARVESTING TEAM LEAD

Because of the heavy rainfall associated with the wet season, rainwater harvesting is essential. Lassine is responsible for the implementation of various techniques and designs for returning rainfall back to the water table. He also assists with all farming activity at our project headquarters. 

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SOUMBA SAMAKE

YOUTH AMBASSADOR TEAM LEAD

A former recipient of The Wash Project Scholarship, Soumba sets the standard for the involvement of young people who invest their time and talents to help their community. Through her service over many years, Soumba has played central roles in community outreach, teaching, soap distribution and hand washing training, as well as an invaluable support role to our stove making program. 

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BARCLAY MARTIN

CO-FOUNDER

A Kansas City native, Barclay was introduced to Tieblecoro and the community of Ouelessebougou on a medical mission trip back in 2010. His love for travel and years working in international development have introduced him to the challenges and potential of some of the world's most vulnerable people, and continue to inform his work to this day. Barclay currently resides in Barcelona, Spain with his wife and son.