Today one of our good members, Josue Togo, took us to visit a girls’ orphanage here in Bamako. Stepping into this place was like stepping into an Oasis! After winding our way through many dirty crooked streets, we pulled up to this compound and Josue invited us in. What we found was delightful.
This is one of many orphanages here in Bamako. Josue works with many NGOs to help find funding for this and other humanitarian endeavors. These orphanages survive because of generous donations from individuals and organizations who notice and care.
This orphanage has 60 beautiful young women. Many have been the victims of abuse. This is their safe haven. The courtyard of the compound is filled with beautiful gardens the girls look after.
Mariam Dembele Togo is the director of this beautiful orphanage. She is lovely.
The girls sleep 4 to a room in bunks with mosquito nets. They each have a desk and a chair and a locker for their clothes.
Malian drinking fountains!
It was lunch time and the girls were busy eating.
This is the kitchen and the helpers who help prepare the meals for the girls:
These are the bathrooms:
Here’s where the girls fill their buckets for bathing in the bathrooms:
Laundry drying. There was way more on the ground than on the clotheslines.
Our purpose for meeting with Josue and visiting the orphanage today was to learn more about humanitarian opportunities we might want to become involved with. We are here to love and serve in any way we can. Josue had lots of good ideas and he is well connected in this community. We are grateful to have good members like Josue.