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ONG Miriyawalé offers support and guidance to Malian children and youngsters to grow up and develop themselves despite the unfavorable conditions they live in. Miriyawalé uses a social cultural methodology.

The organization Miriyawalé was founded in 1997 in the Netherlands by Abou Camara a Malian artist and his Dutch wife Janette de Haas. Miriyawalé became a Malian NGO in 2007 and opened the center in september 2008.

Miriyawalé’s objective is encouraging and facilitating children and youth (0-30 years old) to develop themselves. Miriyawalé has three main components: education, sports and culture. It also provides social assistance in crisis situations and provides information to participants and visitors. Miriyawalé implements her program in a community center, but also works in the streets, in schools etc. The board of the Miriyawalé foundation is based in the Netherlands; the board of the NGO is based in Mali. read more

Miriyawalé organises a diversity of social cultural activities like, dancing, drawing, theatre, music, karate, football, fitness, play- and game activities to join. Furthermore Miriyawalé organises educational and cultural activities and gives medical and social assistance to visitors of the centre. Originally, the intention was to work with young adults in Mali with an emphasis on culture and employment support. It soon became apparent that a large group of youngsters of 0-12 year was eager to participate too, so Miriyawalé started a programme for all young people (0-30 yrs).

The activities are adapted to the need of the population of Sikasso. read more

WHO⇑

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⇑WHAT

⇓WHY

Sikasso is a city in the south of Mali, a landlocked country in West-Africa. It is Mali’s second largest city with 225,753 residents (2009). More than 90 percent of the population lives in the southern part of the country. The north is the Sahara desert.

In 2007, about 48 percent of Malians were younger than 12 years old. The median age was 15.9 years. The total fertility rate in the Sikasso region (in 2012) was 7.2 children per woman. Life expectancy at birth was 53.06 years. Mali has one of the world’s highest rates of infant mortality, with 106 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007.

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world, 75% of the youth is unemployed. There is a permanent crisis in it’s education system, at school and at home. A lot of youngsters think there’s an eldorado abroad and only want to escape. Miriyawalé thinks this a bad thing. One of the main targets in our program is convincing youngsters to create perspective, imagine a better future in Mali.

The youth in Mali is threatened by many treats; poverty, AIDS, unemployment, illiteracy, malnutrition, abuse, hopelessness, religious extremism and oppression. read more

Be involved

Of course we can’t do it all alone. Miriyawalé works with volunteers of all nationalities and is funded by private donors, charities and sponsors. If you’re interested in either of them, let us know.

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