Summer 2011 : AT THE ORIGIN OF THE Tangou project
" 2 weeks for the first time in Mali. Back home with a head
full of memories and impressions from contact with this population
made up of different ethnies living together.
In the souk of Bamako, a magnificent chess game, sculpted by
Tuareg craftsmen holds all my attention ...
On my return, this Tuareg salesman named Allassane, asks me
for help to educate the children of his native village which is in
the Sahelian zone, bordering the Sahara, close to the Dogon
country and 7 km from Douentza.
In the autumn Allassane contacts me by phone
to tell me again about his concern about the schooling of the
children in his village.
There is no school less than 7 km from Douentza, 35 children of
school age but no means of transport or possibility of financing
In the emergency, we decide, with a friend, to finance the
2011 : creation of the school
October 1, 2011
is the first day of the new school
year and it is no longer 35 but 350 children who show up.
Faced with this reality, the idea is confirmed in our minds of the
need to create a school in Tangou.
Initially, the headchief of the village proposes to donate the land
for the school.
At the same time, Allassane, having returned to Bamako, approached the
Ministry of National Education to obtain authorisation to create a
school and obtain the appointment of a Malian teacher.
The parents are mobilising to build the school with the means at
Millet stalks for the walls and roof, tree trunks as benches.
Before the start of the school year, 2 donkeys are purchased as
well as a cart equipped with a 50-litre metal barrel to ensure the
school's water supply.
A vegetable garden is created in Douentza to ensure
the supply of fresh vegetables for the school canteen.
2 villagers are responsible for filling up the water supply in
Douentza, growing and harvesting the vegetables to bring them back
to the canteen lady so that she can prepare the meals for the 35
children with the full water supply.
February 6, 2012 : official opening of the school
The school opens with 1 teacher and 35 pupils.
Sponsorships are in place for 4 children (3 girls
and 1 boy) who are older and attend public school in Douentza.
The women of Tangou support us
by producing traditional handicrafts (baskets, coasters, mats,
bracelets) that Sahara Anmilale will sell in Europe.
Military Putsch, overthrow of the head of
state and his government.
In the north, the rebellion gains momentum and spreads over a large
half of Mali.
At the end of May 2012 the situation in the region worsens. Douentza
is occupied, school groups are requisitioned by the Jihadists to make
them their headquarters.
Our free bush school continues to function.
Families with no means to expatriate themselves have taken refuge in
the bush, particularly in Tangou. A large number of children attend
, Douentza was released by the Malian army
without violence after negotiations.
The teacher volunteers an extra month of classes to catch up with some
of the children.
Since the beginning of the school year, the association has been
- 1 meal per day / child in school
- the purchase of canteen equipment
- the purchase of a protective tarpaulin for the roof to protect
the children from the elements
- the purchase of school supplies
- the purchase of a blackboard
- renting the land for the vegetable garden
At our request, the Kokopelli
association donated 4 kg of seeds of various vegetable varieties that
Maya will then give to Allassane in February 2013 during a stay in
Bamako, which was cut short due to insecurity.
2013 : several developments
The makeshift school is damaged by bad weather and the villagers
are once again mobilising to rebuild with the same materials.
The need is felt to build a permanent school to better protect the
pupils from sandstorms, sun and rain.
3 school levels are now provided by 2 Malian teachers.
Since the liberation of Mali by the French and Malian armies, NGOs
have been able to step back in the area, including Douentza.
Our association is financing the construction of a food storage in
Tangou for the food which is distributed by the World
Food Programme (WFP).
Oneof Allassane's former school teacher, informed of the work he is
doing with the support of our organisation, tells him about the
arrival of NGOs financing the construction of schools and wells.
Allassane puts together a file, reinforced by a government
certificate, in order to obtain the masonry rebuilding of the
school, as well as the drilling of a well.
The file is accepted and a project for an enclosed vegetable garden
September 18, 2014 :
The foundation stone of our school is laid in the presence of the
Mali and World
Vision finance :
- 4 classrooms
- 1 kitchen area
- a borehole next to the school
Two teachers and a trainee teach there.
2015 : the new buildings
A teacher from Bamako is sent to Tangou during the summer to give
remedial classes for the new programmes.
The construction site is finished and the first photos are coming
well and water tower
Several exhibitions-sales of photos and paintings are taking place
in different villages around Villecroze, France, thanks to the
donations of several artists.
With the theme "AMAN IMAN - L'EAU C'EST LA VIE - WATER IS LIFE",
these exhibitions generate profits that help co-finance a well in
Tangou in partnership with an American church.
November 2016 : the well and a water tower are
The local authorities are financing the pump powered by solar
The school in Tangou benefits from an aid plan from a Monegasque NGO,
along with 5 other schools in the surrounding area, which allows for
the creation of a dispensary next to the school buildings.
A doctor visits it once a month. Sahara Anmilale finances 2 medical
beds and 2 mattresses.
Tangou school is subject to inspection by the Ministry of Education,
which notes the large number of students attending the school.
The Ministry then undertakes to build 3 additional secondary school
classrooms on the condition that a fifth primary school classroom is
built as a permanent structure, directly financed by the village.
The villagers request our help in this construction.
The makeshift millet stalk class dedicated to the first year of
primary school is replaced by a permanent classroom, built by the
parents of the pupils.
We are financing the stone and cement base and the sheet metal for the
roof, while the villagers take care of the banco walls.
Two additional teachers will be assigned to the Tangou school from
and Today ?
At the moment, we are continuing our efforts to ensure:
- the financing of a daily meal for more than 100 children, among
the most deprived, who attend school
- the local purchase of school supplies, which still represent too
much expense for many families
- maintain the security of the school thanks to the presence of
soldiers around the buildings
- support for the setting up of the vegetable garden in
interaction with the villagers, adults and children
- support for the production of the vegetable garden in
interaction with villagers, adults and children.
- planting trees around the village to combat desertification
- the creation of an orchard on land made available by the local
governor, held by the women of the village for the production of
food and crafts