LitJoy is thrilled to announce its collaboration with the Ouelessebougou Alliance, a non-profit organization committed to uplifting rural and impoverished regions of Mali, Africa. LitJoy is extending its philanthropic reach to address the crucial need for adult literacy programs in rural Ouelessebougou.
Founded in 1986, the Ouelessebougou Alliance, pronounced "Wuh-less-say-boo-goo," is the first Utah nonprofit to establish operations in Mali, West Africa. It holds the distinction of being the longest-operating international NGO in the Ouelessebougou region. The Alliance focuses on improving the lives of villagers through collaborative efforts to identify critical needs and establish sustainable health and education programs, with an emphasis on breaking the cycle of poverty through education and health initiatives.
While the Ouelessebougou Alliance successfully offers children’s school and family healthcare programs, it faces challenges in garnering support for adult literacy initiatives. Over half of Mali’s young adults aged 15 – 24 are not literate, and despite improvements since the inception of education programs in 1993, many villagers don't continue their education past the 5th grade due to factors such as household poverty, child marriage or labor, and limited access to formal education.
The Alliance conducts annual literacy courses for more than 400 individuals aged 12 and older, primarily focusing on young mothers and women, empowering them with essential skills. In support of these efforts, LitJoy is committed to making a meaningful impact. The adult literacy program pays for the teachers to keep 15 schools open and running throughout the academic year. Currently the program is active in 12 villages and hoping to extend to 15 villages with LitJoy’s support.
In 2024, LitJoy invites its customers to contribute to Ouelessebougou’s goal of extending their adult literacy program in Mali. LitJoy will match customer donations dollar-for-dollar, with every contribution directly contributing to the sustainability and expansion of literacy courses. This initiative aims to empower individuals in Ouelessebougou, helping them overcome barriers and build a brighter future.
Track the impact of your generosity! Every contribution brings us one step closer to creating lasting change and brighter horizons for individuals and families in Mali. LitJoy will match every dollar raised! Progress will be updated in increments of $1000.
Starting on January 31st, we have raised:
$0 out of our targeted $8000.
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