Alanouwaly Guinea is built by local people
On my recent trip to the Alanouwaly Center in Guinea I found green sprawling hills with food growing everywhere, a community that shares it's food and resources, values respects it's elders and treats each other humanely and has a thriving artistic and musical culture. Women are very resourceful traders and have an amazing ability to sustain their families with so little! You think to yourself: is this the same region that is portrayed as starving, corrupt, poor, full of diseases with no skills and knowledge?
Why is the biggest dream of so many their young to escape to Europe or America?
But at a second glance you see the problems: very limited access to clean water and sanitation, dangerous diseases, a lack of resources in many fields including education restricting their quality of life, prospects and life expectancy! Especially for women who are carrying a lot of the burden! People turn to marabouts (witchcraft) wasting limited incomes which results in suspecting & ostracizing community members and sometimes even spreading infections. People faced with overwhelming problems feel like powerless victims. It's hard to find the motivation and strength to affect change when you are faced with just surviving everyday....
But this is where Alanouwaly is achieving a huge amount under the leadership of Seny Coumbassa, who has with our help and resources motivated more than 200 volunteers to build and look after the center. The current core of 20 young men (some of them pictured above) told me Alanouwaly Salifou Sylla is for and from them, they are working for it and protecting it. Here are some photos of their work and the place.