At the Kennington Overseas
Aid annual selection meeting on January 9th we had a difficult choice to
make. All four projects proposed by different charities were very worthwhile
and received support but in the end we could only choose one and the majority
vote was for the Mali Development Group’s Manankoro Women’s project.
Mali is a democratic country
in West Africa, which is 5 times the size of the UK with a population of
11 million. It is stable and free from conflict but very poor indeed. It
is the 6th poorest country in the worl
Mali Development Group
is an Oxfordshire based organisation and a registered charity. It works
with partners Jeunesse et Developpement, a Malian registered charity. Together
they have has already improved health provision and reduced infant disease
and child death in the Manankoro area.
our money help?
The money we raise is to help
the Manankoro Women’s Project. It is well acknowledged that practical local
measures, which enhance women’s economic role and improve educational levels
have a powerful impact especially in rural areas. It is proposed to build
5 grain grinding mills, to be managed and operated by local women. This will
have a major impact on the lives of women who will no longer have to spend
six hours per day pounding millet to make food. There will be a repayment
system, which will in due course enable funding to be used for other mills
and then other equipment.
Some money will be used to establish a credit scheme for Manankoro women
to enable them to start small business projects.
There is a lack of very basic supplies so some money would be spent on
reading materials to aid literacy and medical supplies such as rubber gloves.
We have the chance to make a real difference to the lives of these very
poor people in Manankoro and to enable them to take steps towards improving
their own lives and those of their children. The money we raise, with the
help of the people of Kennington, will go a long way in these village communities,
to enable them to help themselves.
The traditional labour-intensive
Using a grinding machine
If you would like to
have further details of the project, please contact Clive Rodgers (739447)
or Brenda Groth (739229).
We are already planning this year’s programme and would warmly welcome
anyone who can help in any way with fundraising events. You can enjoy yourselves
at the same time as helping those in need! Our next planning meeting
is on Friday February 13th at 8pm at 9 Bagley Wood Road. Do come along!