CHILDREN OF THE SAHARA,
A FILM BY SOULEYMANE AG ANARA OF MALI
I'THE 17 MINUTE DOCUMENTARY TO BE SHOWN AT THE FESTIVAL IS A SHORTENED VERSION OF A LONGER FILM. Its producer is a friend of the Amazigh Film Festival, and has authorized the Institute to ask for donations which will be sent to UAVES , (Union pour un Avenir Ecologique et Solidarite), a Tuareg NGO in Gao, Mali for the benefit of the inhabitants of Inzanke, rural community of Gabero, Circle of Gao, where this documentary has been filmed. The co-ordinator of the project in Mali is Mr. Adama Tiegoum, UAVES. Already, plans are on their way to furnish a well to the 680 families (sedentary and semi-nomadic) which are in proximity of Inzanke., through the agency of this NGO, working with MINUSMA, the United Nations Civil Affairs program serving the area in its water needs. The liaison with MINUSMA and the search for funding through that program was facilitated in part by the collaboration of Souleymane Ag Anara, the Tazzla Institute and UAVES, the Malian Tuareg NGO . All additional funds which Tazzla Institute might raise through its project of the Amazigh Film Festival will continue to be used through the agency of UAVES to better the daily lives of those families, be it sanitation, hygiene, health concerns or educational facilities. Thank you for helping such a project.
Twenty years ago, and for a number of years, Tazzla Institute established and completed a program of modest financial help to Desert Schools in Niger, through the agency of another NGO under the direction of a Tuareg friend, Mr. Issyad Ag Kato . In that project, we were able to raise some funds to purchase a number of goats for the schools, and contribute to a well. We hope we will be able to help similarly in Mali.