Meet Mamadou Dembele, BAGEP’s Founder
Dembele resides in the U.S. with his wife and daughter, but he is a native of Bamako, Mali. His birthplace gives him an inherent knowledge of the needs of African children and he is driven to help them foster change, believing that the decisions of each of us affect all of us, and knowing that the children are the future.
During the Mali coup in 2012, Dembele was in Bamako. When he returned to the U.S. in April, he still was troubled with the state of his native country. A year later, he founded BAGEP and enlisted the help of fellow Malians who reside in Bamako. With the goal of encouraging the new generation to dream, and educating them about the mindset needed to fulfill their dreams, Dembele believes that Mali can become the country that the younger generation wants it to be.
BAGEP’s principles are education, health, success, and volunteering/community service. Dembele says that the latter principle is important because, “If your brother is not successful, then your work is not done.”
Although launched in Mali, Dembele plans to expand BAGEP to other African countries.
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