to Kennington Overseas Aid on progress with the Manankoro Women’s
After the presentation meeting last year we were able to make
successful claims for Gift Aid, maximising the overall contribution of
Kennington to very slightly under £20,000. We made our partners
Jeunesse et Developpement aware of the final outcome, and the Manankoro
team then began further consultation with a number of villages across
The original bid included three key components:
• Provision of extra diesel grinding mills.
• Funding to support women with new initiatives
• Support for health work in the Manankoro area.
Though the locust problems, which affected Mali last year, did not
reach Mananakoro there was again a difficulty with poor rains. This has
had an interesting impact on implementation, as women in three of the
identified implementation sites, the centres of Manankoro town, Mafele
and Lemouroutomu all said that they needed support for their market
garden plans, which included water storage capacity. Accordingly work
on water storage and market garden development became the first major
priority. The work has to be completed before this year’s rains which
begin in March and so construction is a priority. Work is underway and
we will be able to provide some pictures soon as we are visiting in
January. This work will have a really significant impact on the lives
of local women, their families and thereby the whole community.
This change of priority still leaves money available for further
extension of the mill programme, and development work to make this
happen is taking place. Recent reports from the existing mill projects
at Lemeroutoumu and Woma have confirmed that they continue to go well,
including the management structures and financing of maintenance.
Kennington’s money has given a big boost to the work of the village
health workers in Manankoro. We hope to further extend the health
promotion work by attracting funds for a major malaria programme, which
will again develop this work. Malaria is a major killer of small
children across the country and Manankoro is no exception.
We will continue to keep Kennington Overseas Aid informed of progress,
including photographs and news. The visit in January by Gill and I, and
other members will enable us to see things on the ground and also talk
to local people. We are hoping to have visits from several Jeunesse et
Developpement staff during 2006, supported by funds from International
Service’s Comic Relief programme with J and D. This will involve talks
and seminars, and if KOA would be keen to have a local event, which
includes information about Mali and Manankoro then we would be
delighted to set this up.
Secretary to Mali Development Group.