Association Donkosira

17
Aug

The Carapa procera, Guinea, July 2023

The West-African indigenous tree, Carapa procera has multiple properties with huge potential for increasing rural communities’ climate resilience. The oil of Carapa procera nuts are notably used in traditional medicine and for cosmetics. In Upper Guinea, Carapa procera is also used as a wildfire breaker solution. Wildfire reduction is crucial to increase food security, biodiversity and habitat protection and sustain

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9
Aug

Protecting a palm tree in Bouillagui (Mali), February 2023

This report is about our classified forest. It’s a very important forest for us in Bouillagui, covering an area of more than 15 km. It is home to a palm tree specie known as the “rônier”. This is the most useful tree in Boullagui, with the trunks used for construction (roofing) and the branches used to make baskets. Around thirty

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28
Jul

The roofing of a hut (Mandou, Guinea), February 2023

I am Amara CAMARA from Mandou I was born and grew up in the hut roofing activity, which is a tradition for us. Roofing starts with the framework, and the search for local materials is causing problems these days because of climate change and human activities (the use of herbicides, cultural nomadism, the high number of oxen in the village,

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27
Jul

Presenting the Djonya Kêlè project (Games against slavery) at the Games for Change conference in New York, 17-20 July 2023

From 17 to 20 July 2023, Dr Marie Rodet (project director), Max Musau (CEO of Jiwe Studios) and Aline Desdevises (project coordinator) attended and presented the Djonya Kêlè Ja Toulon project at the Games for Change 2023 conference in New York. This conference focused on the positive impact that video games can have in the world, and how to foster

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25
Jul

The ploughmen (Banzana, Mali), February 2023

We are with the ploughmen. This year’s wintering is late. The rain started, then stopped abruptly, then started up again. Our first seedlings have all withered, so we have to sow a second time. With the rain nothing is guaranteed, it’s raining normally at the moment and we’re hoping that the rainwater hasn’t done any damage. If the rain continues

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21
Jul

A solar panel in Damaro (Guinea), February 2023

Solar panels allow us to avoid using firewood. They provide light for the hut and the yard, and also give the children a chance to study. They have replaced the paraffin lamps. The family bought the solar panel to light their homes at the Sanankoroni market. The small panels are easily accessible. The women of the village have found a

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12
Jul

Wells and market gardens (Damaro, Guinea), February 2023

Khadija and Mawa talk about their working conditions in the fields: “There’s nothing, the poverty is there. We can’t survive without growing vegetables, but because of the lack of water, it’s very difficult. If you grow your own vegetables, you can use the market to help your family. When I dug the well, I was able to get water, so

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11
Jul

Income-generating activities for women (Monzona, Mali), February 2023

If the season is not good, the women of Monzona resort to activities such as making brooms, sponges, traditional toothbrushes and baobab fruit to sell and support themselves. The sponge is made from the branches of the roan tree, which the women fetch from the bush. These activities make up for the lack of profitability due to a bad winter.

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6
Jul

Tale (Bossoko, Guinea), February 2023

Fatoumata Camara narrates : Ntoly kélén né  Kablan va massakè lémé  Wélé ni massakègbèrè léna diana  Wéléna a démousso dina a dougnô kè o ma  Massakè na adémousso wélé lala djélimousso démbaty tè, kata di adougnèkè massakè oma  Djélimousso wélé tani kognô koura malôdia  Ana massakè ako yen mekèla, akafô dini gnè, ko ni akafô, ko alélé kognô koura lé,

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4
Jul

The disappearance of forge wood (Banzana, Mali), February 2023

We are descendants of Fakoly, our parents left Bougouni to come here. There are two Sissoko clans: the Sissoko koromagan and the Sissoko Fakoly. We are blacksmiths. We’ve been blacksmiths since our ances tors and we make hoes, knives, etc. Other blacksmiths make jewellery, others dugout canoes, others braids. Forge wood has become scarce. You have to travel about 20km

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