Sylla Music

ABOU SYLLA | Master Percussionist | Austin

Austin to Africa Benefit

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2016
WHERE: The Sahara Lounge, 1413 Webberville Road, ATX 78721


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PAST PROJECT RESULTS

2016 PROJECT RESULTS

Bicycles and Rice

  • 20 bicycles for well-to-household water transport*
  • 2,220 pounds of rice

* Our goal is to help empower village families by providing as many bicycles as possible for the purpose of bringing water from the well to the household – a task typically performed on foot.  The distance from well to household can be relatively lengthy, and any reduction in well-to-household time provides a significant benefit.

100% of funds raised were used for the purchase of bicycles and rice, and for costs associated with transporting bicycles and rice from Conakry to villages.  


2014 PROJECT RESULTS

Bicycles, Rice, Sanitation, Vehicle Transport, and Critical Well Repairs

  • 2 bicycles for well-to-household water transport*
  • 2,750 pounds of rice
  • 30 bottles of water purifier
  • Costs for shipping donated vehicle to Guinea.  The donated vehicle is now in Guinea and is used to disseminate goods provided through Austin to Africa benefits as well as other donated items such as clothing, shoes and household goods.
  • Repair of well pump

* We originally planned to purchase more bicycles, but there were pressing needs for food and repair of a well pump at the time of our visit to Guinea.  A portion of funds planned for bicycles were used to purchase rice and make critical well pump repairs.  Our goal is to help empower village women and their families by providing as many bicycles as possible for the purpose of bringing water from the well to the household – a task typically performed on foot.  The distance from well to household can be relatively lengthy, and any reduction in well-to-household time provides a significant benefit.

100% of funds raised were used for the purchase of bicycles, rice, and water purifier; payment for shipping donated vehicle from US to Guinea; rental and fuel costs associated with transporting bicycles, rice and donated goods from Conakry to villages; and payment for village well pump repair.  


2013 PROJECT RESULTS

Bicycles and Critical Well Repairs

  • 20 bicycles for well-to-household water transport
  • critical village well water repairs

(We planned to purchase more bicycles for women, but needed to use a portion of the funds to make critical well water repairs in the village.  Our goal is to help empower village women and their families by providing as many bicycles as possible for the purpose of bringing water from the well to the household – a task typically performed on foot.  The distance from well to household can be relatively lengthy, and any reduction in well-to-household time provides a significant benefit.)

100% of funds raised were used for the purchase of bicycles, payment of vehicle rental and fuel costs associated with transporting bicycles, and payment for critical well repairs in the village.   

(See photos from 2013 project results)


2012 PROJECT RESULTS

Rice and Oil Delivery

  • 3,300 pounds of rice
  • 78 gallons of cooking oil

100% of funds raised were used for the purchase of rice and oil, and the vehicle rental and fuel costs associated with transporting it from Conakry, Guinea’s capital, to the villages.


FUTURE GOALS

We are beginning the process of forming a non-profit that will serve to educate people about West African music and culture, and work to provide sustainable support and resources to people in need in Guinea.


GUINEA

Guinea is located on the Atlantic Coast of West Africa and is bordered by Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone.   

The people of Guinea have an indomitable spirit that is embodied in their vibrant musical traditions.  

In addition to its diverse people and heritage, Guinea has tremendous natural resources (including diamonds, gold, iron ore and what is estimated at half the world’s reserves of bauxite - the primary source of aluminum). Unfortunately, poor governance and political unrest have kept mining revenues from benefiting the country’s people.  

As a result of these ongoing issues, Guinea has very little infrastructure – access to potable water and electricity is limited, and the vast majority of the population has little or no access to education or healthcare. 

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI)* for 2014 ranks Guinea at 182 out of 188 countries and UN recognized territories.  (To give a bit of perspective - the United States is ranked 8, after Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.)

U.S. Guinea
Life Expectancy 79.1 years 58.8 years
Gross National Income (GNI) per capita $52,946.50 $1,095.80

*The HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living.  For further details, visit: http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/GIN and http://hdr.undp.org/sites/all/themes/hdr_theme/country-notes/GIN.pdf.