Assistance to children in Mali
Since 2013, Alland & Robert is a partner of SOS Villages d’enfants, an international association whose mission is to offer “a shared childhood for brothers and sisters from the same family”.
Each family of orphan children is taken care of by an SOS mother, thus rebuilding the family “cocoon”.
Since 2016, Alland & Robert participates to the project of helping the children village of Khouloum in Mali, by building and opening a school there.
Khouloum is located in the Kayes region where the standard of living is very low and immigration is strong towards the neighboring countries. The region ranks second in the world in terms of harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and excision. The school enrollment rate is low (35%), especially for girls. Two third of the children do not reach the college.
School infrastructure in this area of Mali is insufficient, classes are overcrowded (110 students per class on average), far away from the villages and in poor condition. School equipment and supplies are outdated and the quality of education is flawed. This is why SOS Villages d’enfants decided to build a school, open for the children living in the children village and the communities around. The construction has started in the summer 2017.
An estimation of 315 children divided in 9 classrooms, will be receiving a decent education. The school will also include a computer room, a library, a teacher room, a sports area, a borehole with water tower and toilets,
This project is creating more than 15 jobs in the area, including 11 teachers positions, only for local people. All surrounding communities will have access to drinkable water and infrastructures. Trees will be grow all over the school site to bring shade, as the temperatures can sometimes rise up to 48°C.