Boidié

Boidié is a town of 4,300 inhabitants located in the Ségou region, 180 km from Bamako. Eminently agricultural, it suffers from drought problems despite being located about 15 km from Niger. Boidié's area of influence is around 22,000 people.

The population consists of the same proportion of men and women, whose main occupation is agriculture and livestock. Most houses are built in adobe and do not have electricity.

In Boidié there is a great lack of water. They have a well that supplies 20 m3 a day, which is practically insufficient to cover the population's water needs and to give the cattle water. Years ago, when the rains were abundant in the rainy season, the water that was stored in the orography of the land allowed families to grow vegetables and greens. The area was known for the quality of its watermelons. However, after several years of drought and insufficient rainfall, the inhabitants abandoned the cultivation of orchards, dedicating themselves solely to the cultivation of millet. Currently, the wells dry up from the end of February, and they do not have water again until the rainy season begins, usually at the end of June.

The diet of the people of Boidié is based on the consumption of rice and millet. Every day in the morning they eat a serving of rice with sugar. They rarely incorporate any vegetables. When there is a party, they kill a goat or hunt a guinea fowl to add to the plate. Chicken is a very expensive product. In special cases they also incorporate a tomato sauce. Only the wealthiest families can occasionally incorporate some vegetables or meat into their diet. When children stop breastfeeding, they start consuming rice.

Boidié has a school and a dispensary (health center), funded by the Association des Ressortissants de Boidie, but clearly insufficient. The school is totally insufficient in facilities and teachers for the more than 800 students it must host. The overcrowding of students, and the lack of teachers and teaching facilities make education disastrous. For its part, the dispensary does not have the necessary material or enough space. As an example, women who have given birth share a room with malaria patients.

This situation of lack of resources has caused massive emigration of young people from the town in recent years. The girls look for a way out by going to the big cities, with consequences such as a large number of unwanted pregnancies, or diseases such as AIDS. The loss of this young force has dire consequences for the development of the town.

The town, due to its poverty, presents the same problems as all those in the area, which we can summarize in problems of nutrition, education and health.

Reunión con el chef du village

Reunión con el chef du village

Reunidos con el chef du village en enero de 2018.

Reunión con el chef du village

Reunión con el chef du village

Reunidos con el chef du village en octubre de 2016.

Reunión con el chef du village

Reunión con el chef du village

En mayo de 2016, como en cada viaje, nos reunimos con el chef du village.

Reunión

Reunión

En cada viaje nos reunimos con la gente de Boidié (septiembre de 2015).

Niños comiendo

Niños comiendo

El arroz y el mijo son los alimentos principales en Boidié

Baile de máscaras

Baile de máscaras

Para mostrarnos su agradecimiento, la gente de Boidié nos obsequió con esta fiesta en marzo de 2015

Reunión con el chef du village

Reunión con el chef du village

En marzo de 2015, como en cada viaje, nos reunimos con el chef du village.

Mujeres de Boidie

Mujeres de Boidie

Un pozo en el poblado

Un pozo en el poblado

Las viviendas

Las viviendas

La mayoría de las viviendas se construyen con adobe

Actividades sociales

Actividades sociales

Preparando una reunión de vecinos

Pupitres al exterior

Pupitres al exterior

El material de la escuela tiene muchas utilidades

Reunión

Reunión

Foto de una de las reuniones que tuvimos con la gente del poblado en octubre de 2014

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