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Helping the poorest of the poor

We have committed ourselves to a project for a school in Mali, one of the poorest countries in Africa

–       80 % of the population of 20 years and over are illiterate.

–       50% of the population only have access to drinking water.

–       10 % of the population are nomads.

–       80 % of Malians work in agriculture or fishing

–       the average life expectancy is 48 years.

So what use is an isolated action whose scope is limited to a few pupils in a school in Timbuktu? Beyond the controversy which regularly arises when one speaks of aid to poor countries and which goes as far as recommending the complete halt of aid to developing countries, we think that our action has a raison d’être.

Our aid is targeted. It brings practical aid to the Bahadou school in Timbuktu. Our desks, chairs, pens, notepads and books will arrive directly to those who will use them. In this way, our aid is effective, although negligible compared with the needs of the school, of the city and of the country.

But there is also the less qualifiable aspect of aid through immaterial support. The fact that we are getting involved for these children, that we are concerned by their difficulties and that we have shown solidarity in this respect – all of this is certainly significant for them. They know that, in Europe, women and men are thinking of them and are finding the means of sending them something to improve their daily lives.

Let’s continue to think of them!

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Envelope received by Mr Daniel ROBERT from Harandé TOURE, director of the Bahadou school in Timbuktu

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