Hakima Fatimah Ash-Shakur, known to many as Umm Tabari, will spearhead the medical aspect of this project, developing a clinic that will support the healthcare needs of members of the Malian community, with emphasis on the special needs of women and children. The people of Mali have great regard for traditional medicine and the traditional healers. This gives MHDI an excellent opportunity to develop an integrated health-care system that is unique among both governmental clinics and NGOs operating in Mali, ensuring accessibility and acceptability. Aminah, wife of Mahmoudou Sidibe, will be graduating from nursing school early next year and will be assisting in the development of MHDI . Other health-care professionals, educators and business leaders will be called upon as our project grows.
Mahmoudou Sidibe will spearhead the educational and business development aspect of MHDI. He is the son of Dr. Hamadoun Sidibé, a well known and respected figure in the Malian community in Canada. Mahmoudou has specialized in management and has worked as a consultant for a number of start-up businesses. He hopes to be able to use his knowledge and competency in the field to help young Malians develop strong business skills by initiating projects that will benefit them, their families and the country’s economy.
As editor of the French section of The Islamic Post, Mr. Sidibe will work towards the production of an African edition and will actively be looking for local and regional journalists who can enhance the content of our French and English edition. Future plans also include printing the The Islamic Post in Africa and finding partners on the continent to distribute the newspaper to make it the new jewel of Africa.
Having worked as a translator for IQOU, The Islamic Post and Zavia Books International, Mr. Sidibe looks forward to opening an English language school, in conjunction with the business center, for those striving to learn English for their personal and professional needs or to study abroad.
“FEN NYALEN: TIGI CAMAN
(a good thing has many associates).”
“BOLONDIO KELEN TE SE KA FOI TAA
(one finger cannot pick up anything).”
These Bambara proverbs, in the language of ethnic Malians – the Bambara people, speak to the realization that the success of this mission will depend on the aid of many. We hope that when the call comes many will answer.