Our Mission

Practical Small Projects creates new health, education, and income-generating opportunities in West Africa through the provision of potable water systems, health care centers, schools, and solar energy. Our projects require minimal environmental and financial investment.

We respond to needs specific to each community and believe that skill transfer, support for local business, and access to basic needs produces significant results. Small and practical, PSP effects big change!

For more information please email info@practicalsmallprojects.com

Our Work in Mali, West Africa

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    Blog Updated by Generate Change

    All of our current and past projects are documented here with photos, video and text.

    Building Panels Sunset Driving
    Stay up to date with our progress!
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    PSP in the Village of Diban

    The Addax Petroleum Foundation renewed its support for PSP with a grant that provided financial support to work with the villagers to provide:

    1. Solar lighting of the heath clinic and school
    2. A solar refrigerator
    3. A solar pumping system for the well
    4. Rehabilitation of the school
    5. Training videos on sanitation
    Kids in Diban Teachers meeting in Diban Workers in Diban
    The work and projects can be seen in this video link
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    Working Together. PSP + Afriq Power

    PSP established Afriq Power with Daniel Dembélé, a native Malian, in 2005. Dembélé is now the Director of Afriq-Power. Having a local company with solar expertise reduces the risk of the solar panels being rendered unusable when something goes wrong, a common phenomena with many solar panels scattered over Africa.

    PSP and Afriq Power Dainel in wired magazine Mary and local woman
    Wired magazine article
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    PSP in the Village of Bougoula

    Board member Bette Gigliotti held a fundraiser event at the Jonathan Sturges Cottage,a historic home in Fairfield, Connecticut. The monies that were raised were applied to the construction of a maternity and to solar electrify the maternity in the village of Bougoula near Bougouni, Mali.

    Hospital Sign Hospital Facade Hospital Pharmacy Solar Lights inside the hospital Sinks inside the hospital Outside the hospital
    The work and projects can be seen in this video link
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    PSP in the Village of Damana

    Funded by: Greenwich Central Middle School - Roots and Shoots Program and Jennifer Bressler

    Kids with books in Damana school Lights inside Damana school Well outside of Damana school
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    PSP in the Village of Meridiela

    The Addax Petroleum Foundation supported Practical Small Projects with a grant that permitted PSP to install solar technology in the classrooms of Meridiela. This grant also provided refurbishing of the heath care center to include solar lighting and a solar fridge. Also a solar powered well was installed with a multi-tap system providing potable water to the village.

    Hospital in Meridiela Well in Meridiela Solar powered refrigerator
    The work and projects can be seen in this video link
    Meridiela turning on the tap system for the first time
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    PSP in the Village of Dogo

    Foundation Support

    The Patrick and Anna Cudahy Fund, which dates back to 1921 and has a long tradition of providing assistance in the relief of poverty and care of the sick, provided financial support to Practical Small Projects for the electrification of a heath clinic in the village of Dogo

    Solar panel in Dogon Roof worker in Dogo Workers in Dogo