Believing that stable education and medical supply are the keys to development in Guinea, Amadou and Aliou Diallo founded Project Misside to support their birthplace Télimélé in Guinea. Since 2003, the Project has built three primary schools, two medical centers and a water well on its facilities.
Project Misside’s heart is its Medical Vocational School. Predominantly young women are offered the chance to attain a medical degree, allowing them to become midwives, medical assistants, nurses and more.
Health Care in Guinea
Less than 20% in Guinea use
health care services
The Guinean health infrastructure is extremely concerning. With only 20% of people having access to health care according to the WHO, diseases such as the Ebola virus epidemic in 2014 and Malaria continue to plague the country. Even though a Malaria vaccination only costs a couple of euros per person, the majority did not receive treatment yet.
The absence of health care facilities and expertise still results in high mortality rates of 33% and a total life expectancy of 58 years. Developing health infrastructure to make simple health care reachable and affordable is key to Guinea's future.
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Education in Guinea
70% of all people in Guinea are illiterate.
Originally, there are no universities or vocational schools in the prefecture Télimélé. This leads to young people's emigration to bigger cities or even foreign countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands.
Even though this emigration is barely affordable, it results in a severe lack of qualified personnel in rural areas such as Télimélé, and Guinea as a whole.
On top of that, a vast majority of kids do not even have access to primary or secondary schools in the first place; schools are limited and expensive.
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Women in Guinea - Female Circumcision
96% of all women in Guinea undergo circumcision.
Women and girls are very disadvantaged across Guinea. Often married at a very young age, they usually already have to raise multiple kids by the time they turn 18.
With the culture carrying the tradition that sons should carry a family, solely males get the opportunity to attain education. Subsequently, women are dependent on their husbands and the opportunity to build up an independent and self-determined life gets erased.
The spread of female circumcision in Guinea is estimated to be above
96%. This brutal practice of female circumcision is still deeply ingrained in the Guinean culture - despite having officially been banned years ago.
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Forceful procedures are practiced, such as brutally ensuring a girl's virginity until marriage by cutting and sewing female genitals at a young age. The common practice is to cut everything back open after the wedding.
The impacts remain for an entire life, every single day. Despite the harassment, examples are regular infections and severe bleeding for multiple days. The psychological and physical pain connected to circumcision are unimaginably horrific.
Education and independence remain the best recipe for girls and women to start of a self-determined life.
How it all started - The Founding Fathers
“Help had to be organized, and if not me, who would?”
The illiteracy rate in Guinea lies above 70%.
Amadou was born in Misside, a small region in the prefecture Télimélé, Guinea. After he was, being very lucky, able to graduate from secondary school in Guinea, he left for Europe, in order to attend university. There, he met his wife and finally ended up becoming a French Teacher at the European Secondary School Waldenburg, Saxony, Germany.
Frustrated about the lack of access to education so many kids have in Misside, he felt the obligation to change something. He was Inspired by the incredible interest of his environment; family, friends, students and teachers of his and other schools; to improve the living conditions in Guinea. So Amadou decided to no longer stand by, and told himself that “help had to be organized, and if not me, who would?”
Following this conviction, Amadou built a primary school in Misside, starting a voluntary call for donations in 2003.
In February 2004 the time had finally come and through incredible effort of all of the supporters, private donations, cakes sales & concerts, and much more, the school could open its doors. Ever since it has offered a place to develop and learn for students in its three classrooms every year.
Aliou is Amadou's younger brother and runs the project on side as Amadou's partner. Living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, since he was 16 years old, Aliou works as a translator and has five kids.
Joining the legacy of his older brother, Aliou puts heart and soul into supporting and running the project. Not only by constantly coordinating from distance but through regular long journeys to Télimélé, to improve the Project locally.
"Transparency is what we value most. Here, everything is committed to the cause!"