Ever since its beginning as an Association in 2007 Malimali has operated in two distinct and separate areas: The commercial enterprise which is Malimali Studio and the non profit part which is MaliMali Projects: a series of community initiatives in the fields of health, education and culture. These initiatives are funded by private donations. “
I have already downloaded a lot of the new stuff on the old site and deleted some of the old stuff. Would you be able to move over what I have already done? Please don’t delete anything on this new site. I will perhaps keep most of it if I am only able to write NEW! on the new ones.
And finally for now I would love you to put up a lovely new picture on the MaliMali Studio home page. I attach below.
Trachoma is an eye disease caused by repeated and untreated infections of the eye, common in the dusty Sahel climate. It causes the eyelids to turn inwards, thus making the eye lashes scratch against the retina with painful and dangerous results, sometimes causing blindness or even death. It can be treated easily with ointment in the early stages, and in the latter stages a very simple operation can give a person back their eye sight for about 20 000 FCFA (about 30 euros.) The Medecins Sans Frontiers trained two senior nurses from the Djenne Health Centre, Barry and Keita, to do the operations and the programme ran for three years after which the funding ran out. The little box of specialized operations equipment remained however, and the knowledge of how to do it, so MaliMali decided to pick up and continue this project. When we have gathered 500 000FCFA, either by our own sales or by donations we do a Trachoma campaign into the villages with the co-operation and knowledge of the Health Authorities here. The Health Centres in out-lying villages are contacted to let people know that we are coming for a consultation. Often Barry operates there and then on up to twenty patients a day. The patients are then given antibiotics and some days later we will return when the bandages are taken off. This is the best bit! Quite literally the blind will see. The trachoma (trichiasis) operations are a simple intervention which can be carried out in situ in the villages by Djenne hospital staff, sponsored by MaliMali.
There are many cases cataracts in the villages, especially amongst older people, just like anywhere else in the world. Cataract operations need to be carried out in a hospital setting. The journey to a hospital and the operation itself is often too expensive for the village population, so people are simply resigned to slowly going blind if they develop cataracts. MaliMali Projects has been able to sponsor 3 separate Cataract surgery campaigns in Mali: Both Christmas 2011 and 2012 a mobile cataract surgery unit arrived in Djenné from the Malian capital Bamako with the eye surgeon Fayra Keita and his team who carried out one week’s cataract surgery in Djenné. The team has operated on over 200 patients in Djenné, at a cost of around 5700 Euros per campaign. January 2015: MaliMali Projects was once more able to fund a new campaign to give back the sight to another 115 cataract sufferers, this time in the historic town of Medine close to Kayes in western Mali. These three Cataract surgery campaigns has been made possible by generous donations from many corners of the world, particularly Australia and a major donor in Sweden, to whom our gratitude is infinite.
M. Diarra’s Adult Literacy Class. M. Diarra is a local school teacher who runs a popular Adult Literacy Evening class every week night in Djenne. This was already started several years ago by some local people who wanted to learn to read. Sometimes they had the money to pay for M. Diarra’s wages, sometimes that was difficult, so the course ran intermittently only. MaliMali decided to sponsor this, since it was something worthwhile already started by the Djenne population. We pay M. Diarra’s wages which are 30 000 FCFA per month. There are several success stories that emerge from M. Diarra’s evening classes. One such is Abdoulai, an orphan talibé (student in a Djenné Koran school) who started as a boy at M. Diarra’s evening class because he wanted to learn French as well as the Arabic he slowly learnt at his Koran School. Abdoulai not only learned to read and write French but he continued onto the Lycée in Sévaré where he graduated first in his class, specializing in languages: Arabic and French. MaliMali sponsored him throughout this time, giving him a modest sum of E130per year to help with living expenses. Abdoulai has now been promised a scholarship by the Malian government to continue his studies in Dubai and MaliMali continues to support him while he waits for his papers to come through. This sponsorship is made possible through an English donor.
The Djenne Manuscript Library. The ancient Arabic manuscripts of Timbuktu are world famous. The town of Djenne is even older than Timbuktu, and historically just as important. There are thousands of ancient manuscripts in Djenne. An effort is underway with the British Library to rescue these manuscripts, which are kept in private families where they can easily be destroyed by termites and other hazards. There is a municipal manuscript library, built by the people of Djenné, where many of the manuscripts are being re housed. Beside the The British Library Project’s efforts, MaliMali is actively engaged in promoting the ancient art of calligraphy in Djenne, sponsoring workshops, hoping to rekindle the excellence of earlier periods. Mali Mali has also sponsored the crepissage, or the replastering of the building with mud which takes place every year. http://www.djennemanuscrits.com /
Mamadou- the Handicapped Boy Mamadou is a little boy in Djenné who is severely handicapped: he has neither arms nor legs; just small stumps. His parents wanted to put him out into the bush to die at birth- a practice that happens all too often in Mali- but his grandmother (above) saved him and has looked after him. MaliMali Projects has been helping with his living costs by a modest E16 per month. But this year, with the help of the government hospital prosthetics unit in Bamako we have now managed to have his first prostethic legs fitted and he has begun his training in order to be able to walk. He will have new legs every year and when he gets older he will also receive arms and his legs will have articulations at the knee. Mamadou’s expenses are ca E460/year at this point and this sponsorship has been made possible through kind donations from both the UK and Germany.
Mariam Koita’s Orphans. There are occasionally orphans in Djenne , but they are rare, since the large African family always absorbs and feeds any child that may lose its parents. The Djenne orphans are born to young girls that come from the surrounding villages to work as maids in African households in Djenne. If they fall pregnant they dare not go back home with the baby so they abandon it or give it Madame Koita, a local housewife with several children of her own. This kind woman has three or four orphans at any time which she feeds and nurtures. She, like many other Djenne housewives, earns a few pennies by frying and selling sweet potato and homemade treats at one of the school gates. MaliMali gives her 20 000 FCFA a month as support for her orphans. Some years ago Madame Koita took charge of three little girl triplets. Unfortunately one died as so many infants do in Mali, but the two remaining girls, shown by Mariam’ own daughter below are healthy and doing well. MaliMali needs help with sponsorship for these girls to continue to help Madame Koita .