Girls Education, Mali (2007)
I only stayed a few days in the village of Tinto in Mali to see the work of the Orange Foundation. Their initial funding assisted in the schooling of girls. Everything was based on a simple idea, but extremely effective: beyond support for primary schools, the Foundation financed the digging of wells. This changed everything. Fetching water is normally assigned to young girls. The creation of a water pump within the community meant that they could avoid several hours walk each day, and devote more time to their education.
This was their first step towards a more difficult choice later – to leave or not to leave their families and their traditions - to find higher education and a certain emancipation in a nearby town.