A fascinating landscape, completely green almost all year round in some regions. Guinea is a rich country. It has many mineral resources and a very young population. Télimélé is 160 kilometres from Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea. It's the beloved birthplace of the founding fathers of Project Misside.
Télimélé lacks sufficient schools and health services for local people. Often they have to go miles to the closest city to get what they need. With our aid, schools and the number of doctors ready to help are growing in the region.
In addition to health, we put all our cards on youth, it's the best thing we have. We are convinced that the future is in the hands of children. We also firmly believe that the most important thing for every region, for every country, is children's education.
Education in Guinea
70% of all people in Guinea are illiterate.
Schools in Guinea are limited and expensive. Vas majority of children don't have access to primary and secondary schools, there is a lack of vocational schools and universities and this leads to young people's emigration to bigger cities or even foreign countries such as Germany or the Netherlands.
Health Care in Guinea
Less than 20% in Guinea use health care services
The Guinean health infrastructure is extremely concerning. Viruses such as Ebola or Malaria continue to plague the country, even though it costs only a couple euros per person. Developing health infrastructure to make simple health care reachable and affordable is key to Guinea's future.
Women in Guinea
96% of all women in Guinea undergo circumcision
Women and girls are very disadvantaged across Guinea. The psychological and physical pain connected to circumcision are unimaginable. Women also usually remain dependent on husbands since often only males have the opportunity to attain education. 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?”
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 the 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 the 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!"
Meet our key people
While every single person - students, teachers, nurses, doctors, donors etc. - is crucial for the success of Project Misside
there are three people whose endless contribution and drive propelled our project forward and who we would like to
highlight more prominently.
Dr. Mamadou Lamarana Bah
Dr Bah is the director of the schools under Project Misside's supervision. He is an integral part in our mission to educate young Guineans and remains a driving force for our long-term vision: the establishment of a university in Télimélé.
Dr Barry is the director of our medical facilities. Together with his team he continously looks for ways of how to improve the local medical situation. His goal is to provide medical care to people not just from Télimélé but from the whole region.
Ms. Kessels joined Project Misside as she firmly believes in the effects medical education and female empowerment can have on the situation of females in Télimélé. She is keen to help making local people aware of the choices they can make.
Watch Ms. Kessels explaining why she joined Project Misside!