Alanouwaly Salifou Sylla Foundation was formed after the tragic early death of Salif Sylla, a very talented and generous Guinean musician.
Salif’s inspiring nature left a big impression on all who knew him; and pupils, musicians, friends & family felt they needed to continue the work he had started.
A brief history – milestones
4 May 2008
UK – First General meeting of Alanouwoly Salifou Sylla – Constitution and management committee established, bank account opened.
Guinea: Salif’s land signed over to Alanouwoly and building of Community Centre commenced.
13 Sep 2008
1st Salifest with many African musicians donating their time by performing and teaching workshops, many volunteers cooking, organising and running the day & so many of a wide community paying tribute. Huge success!
UK: Drums commissioned in Africa for teaching projects in UK.
Setting up website for Alanouwoly Salifou Sylla.
UK: 1st Drum & Dance project at Holbeach School with performance at Summer Fair
Guinea: cultivation of edible plants at Alanouwaly Centre
UK: 2nd Salifest
Guinea: Caretaker house for Community Centre finished.
UK: 3rd Salifest
UK: start of After-school drumming clubs
Guinea: Centre’s caretaker house painted and washroom & toilet added to it.
Guinea/UK: Start of research for Water Project.
Guinea: Car sent from UK to run a service for people in Boke. Filled with many donations including computer to eventually use at the Community Centre.
UK: 5th Salifest
UK: First school presentation about water in Africa
Guinea: Commissioned hand-dug well, trial showed water difficult to reach and need to reach clean water veins, need for larger operation
UK: changed name to the correct spelling of Alanouwaly with Foundation added.
Guinea: Organisation in Guinea continues to be named Alanouwaly Salifou Sylla.
Guinea: Alanouwaly Salifou Sylla Guinea registered as Non Governmental Organisation with constitution and management Committee. Alanouwoly UK assists them with the running and fundraising for the Centre and projects. Alanouwaly Guinea opened bank account in Boke.
Guinea: building of 3 rooms of the Community Centre is finished and ready to accommodate various projects.
Guinea/UK: Guinean volunteers filmed a consultation about their life and problems with over 200 people participating. The consultation was organised by members in Guinea to assess and analyse problems that Alanouwaly might be able to help with and to see what is the most important. Alanouwaly in UK cut the total of 5.5 hrs material to 1/2 hrs film to show at schools/events for Guineans to increase understanding and to raise support for projects in Guinea.
Guinea: successfully raised funds to acquire and install a trial solar pannel and system to charge telephones, computer, camera and any other appliances and to have lights in the night.
Guinea: Research and interviews for water project
UK: 6th Salifest
Guinea: Stage 3 roof, veranda and floors done.
Achieved charitable status with the Charity Commission!
Guinea: Periphery Wall around compound built, enabling the Centre to grow more foods and start keeping animals.
Members planting inside & outside of compound & 1st Alanouwaly goat!
UK: 7th Salifest
UK: Container sent to Africa with Solar Power equipment, sewing machines & fabrics donated by IKEA, many donated computers, television and many other useful things
Guinea: container arrived, donations sorted and handed out or arranged for the Centre
Guinea: 3 Kw Solar system installed at centre with back up generator
Stage 3 windows, doors, plastering done, bamboo gate
Hand-painted sign, including logo on annex of caretaker house
Goats, chicken & sheep bought thanks to the christmas appeal, their stables built, first goat babies born & first eggs laid!
wonderful 8th Salifest with an article in the local paper
Funded the decorative artistic ceiling of the hall in the main building
Hens are laying eggs regularly improving people nutrition and 15 chicks have been given to neighbouring families.
Small house extended with 2 further rooms and 2 verandas.
This will eventually be used for guests and volunteers. As the big house will be occupied with local learning and resources projects.
Small house turned into guesthouse with 4 rooms, decorative ceilings, 3 bathrooms and veranda
Computer project piloted with the first 10 students
June 2016: 1st Water Project completed!
After 2 years of fundraising and preparation the collaboration with the german water engineer, Alexander Sigmund and his Eau Pure project produced the first clean water source with solar pump in Boke. This is a huge milestone!
Guesthouse veranda railings done
UK: 9th Salifest