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Our Humanitarian Commitments

When you decide to travel with RisoulSki, you directly contribute to humanitarian projects in Mali or Burkina Faso.

Skiing, a sport we all love so much, is obviously not the most environmentally friendly activity...
However, on a winter sports holiday, it is possible to reduce your ecological footprint on the region and our beautiful Earth, for example by adopting a whole series of more eco-responsible practices.
But that's not all, unfortunately...

In the past, RisoulSki, and/or its manager (privately), have several times wanted to act in education and sustainable development by donating part of their profits to a humanitarian NGO active in Mali.

Why these particular African countries, not exactly close to the Alps?
First of all, we can obviously act everywhere on our planet if the goal is to preserve this fabulous common good that it is urgent to no longer consider as a commodity but rather as a treasure to cherish above all else.
But, in this case, Mali is a choice from the heart of the manager, inspired by a personal trip to the Dogon Country region, 10 years ago.
Since then, famines, wars, and jihadist raids have frequently struck villages in this part of Mali, populated by increasingly desperate people.
Hence the desire to help the local populations who suffer unjustly.

After the 2022-2023 winter season, RisoulSki donated €10,000 to the Belgian NGO 'Enfants du Monde'.

With this amount, two projects will be funded in Mali:

1. Construction of a school in the village of Pignari Bara, near Sévaré, in Dogon Country.
This project includes drilling a well, planting more than 150 trees, and creating an educational garden.

2. Providing urgent humanitarian aid in millet (cereal), rice, and oil for two villages near Kaouli, recently devastated by jihadist attacks, where famine is raging today.

By booking with RisoulSki, you are making a small contribution to these projects and those that will follow. And for that, we thank you!

The 'Enfants du Monde' Association (EDM)

'Enfants du Monde' is a Belgian NGO that helps underprivileged children in developing countries. The association operates in 14 third-world countries and funds dozens of various projects (scholarships, construction and renovation of schools, dispensaries, nurseries, orphanages, homes for disabled children, school supplies, sometimes teacher salaries, etc.).

All members of 'Enfants du Monde' are volunteers. The association operates entirely on donations from private donors, including RisoulSki.

1€ donated is 1€ sent directly to the field!

If you would like to make a donation or get more information about the projects supported by 'Enfants du Monde', visit: enfantsdumonde.be

Actions carried out in Mali and Burkina Faso since 2009

RisoulSki is in close contact with Philippe and Manu, whose teams have completed several projects in Mali and Burkina Faso since 2009. Here is a brief overview:

Sustainable Development:

Well Drilling:

Tree Planting and Maintenance by Schoolchildren to Fight Desertification:

Implementation of a Pilot Project for Solar Mango Drying:

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  • These activities are only sustainable if they are done with the active participation of the villagers.
  • Education is the best weapon to fight against intolerance and cultural and religious obscurantism. A child who starts school by planting a tree will better understand the problem of desertification. Knowledge is transmitted through the youngest, as adults are often resistant to discussions that challenge their habits.

Humanitarian Aid:

- Funding surgeries for children with NOMA (severe cleft lip)...

- Activities for children in refugee camps affected by jihadist attacks

Cultural Dialogue:

- Establishing a dialogue on environmental issues such as desertification and ecology, and societal issues such as girls' access to education, population explosion, polygamy, early and forced marriages for pre-adolescent girls, female genital mutilation, the rapprochement between traditional and modern medicine, gender equality, etc.

- Attempting to challenge certain habits, for example by encouraging men to help women with domestic water transportation, so that little girls no longer have to carry 25-liter jerrycans alone.

You guessed it: the work to be done on site is still absolutely colossal.

But, thanks to the actions of Philippe and Manu's teams, we are already seeing some nice small changes in mentalities and practices.

The road is still long, but RisoulSki is determined to continue its commitment to these beautiful projects in the coming years! Want to lend a hand too?

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