In 2021, in partnership with the Netherlands-based Albert Heijn corporate foundation, the Louis Omer-Decugis Foundation funded the construction of a nursery school in the village of Sinématiali located in the Poro Region of Côte d’Ivoire. Sinématiali is 20 miles from the village of Korhogo, the main centre of Dibra mango production.
This project, which was inspired by direct feedback from mango growers, aims to develop access to education by creating educational infrastructures throughout the country, focusing on locations close to farming areas in order to target the children of mango workers.
The project, which forms part of the “Dibra” action programme pursued by the Louis Omer-Decugis Foundation in West Africa, runs parallel to the “Dibra-Santé” project developed since 2018 in Côte d’Ivoire, which has resulted in the complete renovation of Urban Dispensary in Korhogo.
Work on the “Sainte Françoise” nursery school began in the third quarter of 2021 and was finished towards the end of the year with the completion of the school perimeter fence and the purchase of classroom furniture and equipment. The school will have three classes accommodating around 40 children. The school is due to welcome its first pupils at the beginning of the next school year in September 2022.