Kono Gnaga currnetly partners with two schools in Bamako, Mali, L’Ecole Adam de Dicko and the Faladié public school. With our support, we have held dance classes on a regular basis at the schools with local artists teaching traditional movements and rhythms to the students. For the past two years the classes have culminated with an end of the year celebration and student performance for the communities. The celebration provides an opportunity for the students to show what they have learned and has been an event that has contributed towards strengthening the sense of community in both neighborhoods, an important contribution during these fragile and insecure times in Mali.
In addition, as the L’Ecole Adam de Dicko is a small private school in a impoverished neighborhood, Kono Gnaga addressed some basic needs by rehabilitating four classrooms and providing the school with 56 new desks. Our support to the school inspired the community to raise their own funds to build out more classrooms. This is an extraordinary effort by the community and is a true testament to the idea that when you provide assistance in the correct way, it can instigate even more progress.