In 1971, Josef Albers established a not-for-profit organization to further “the revelation and evocation of vision through art.” Today, this organization—The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation—is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers, and the aesthetic and philosophical principles by which they lived. It serves as a unique center for the understanding and appreciation of the arts and of all visual experience—with the combined legacies of Josef and Anni Albers at its heart.
The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation established Le Korsa in 2005 and they have generously continued to support us through a variety of administrative and project-based grants and donations.
Toshiko Mori Architect is one of the preeminent contemporary architecture firms working today. Ms. Mori herself has visited our projects in Senegal on numerous occasions. Toshiko Mori Architect generously designed, pro-bono, the innovative and exquisite cultural center at Sinthian, Thread. Their design allows for the multi-purpose space which simultaneously houses two artist residences, a covered communal space, and a revolutionary roof system that collects rainwater to provide 40 percent of the village’s water needs annually.
To learn more about Thread, TMA’s innovative design, and how you can contribute to its programming, click here.
Toilets for People brings sanitation solutions to communities in the developing world. AFLK has partnered with them to bring unprecedentedly inexpensive toilets to the project areas we support. Through a recent visit to our sites, Toilets for People President and Founder, Jason Kass, was able to teach numerous local builders how they can use local materials to construct composting toilets in their communities. For only $90 per toilet, a school in Dialico that has 80 students now has its first toilet facility. The students at the school were taught how to build the toilets themselves, developing a sense of self-sustaining enterprise and the knowledge to bring this technology to further reaches of their community.
The Loomis Chaffee School is a renowned New England boarding school located on a 300-acre campus in Windsor, Connecticut. The school was chartered in 1874 by five siblings whose children all died tragically and who then founded the school as a gift to the children of others. The mission of The Loomis Chaffee School is to advance development in spirit, mind and body of boys and girls drawn from diverse cultural and social backgrounds and to inspire in them a commitment to their best selves and the common good.
Loomis partnered with Le Korsa on a project to help bring books to the young women studying at the Foyer de Jeunes Filles in Tambacounda.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance supports the artistic ambitions, work and legacy of choreographer and artistic director Wayne McGregor. Renowned for its visionary approach to developing innovative work, the company creates high quality, cutting edge dance performances with outstanding collaborators from a range of disciplines, and is committed to distributing this work extensively through a wide range of national and international platforms.
Over the course of a week in April 2013—with the generous support of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and in partnership with London’s Wayne McGregor | Random Dance’s Random World program—over 200 Senegalese people from the rural Tambacounda region worked with four western professional dancers. At times it was an exchange, whereby the local people demonstrated their traditional movements for the London-based dancers, and at other times the Random Dance professionals taught the possibilities of contact improvisation and choreography to young people who had never before experienced such practices.
Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 by James Jackson, who was working as an international economic consultant in developing countries when his work put him face to face with the needs of the sick and dying. Project C.U.R.E. has been an industry leader in developing new ways to allow the organization to provide the highest quality donated medical supplies and equipment possible to resource-limited communities across the globe, including efficient and accurate inventory systems, supply chain management, expert management of logistics and strong in-country relationships. Project C.U.R.E. also offers numerous domestic and international volunteer opportunities. Since its founding, Project C.U.R.E. has reached patients, families and children in 130 countries.
In 2013 Le Korsa formed a partnership with Project C.U.R.E. to bring three cargo containers of medical supplies and equipment into Senegal providing medical facilities with supplies ranging from gloves to fetal heart monitors.
The objective of Le Kaïcédrat is to encourage rural medicine and medical missions in Senegal. Under the leadership of Le Kaïcédrat, the rural medical center of Bala was built and a mobile medical unit was founded. These mobile teams reach thousands of people in remote villages far from any available care.
Through the years, Le Korsa has partnered with Le Kaicedrat on a variety of projects including helping to fund one of the ambulances for their mobile medical unit.
Thatcher Hullerman Cook is a documentary photographer based in New Hampshire and South Carolina. His clients are primarily humanitarian aid and development organizations that work with refugees and other people affected by war, economic upheaval, and natural disasters. His clients include international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which have sent him on assignment to over sixty countries.
Thatcher worked closely with Le Korsa, donating his time to develop a dossier of photos for use on our website and in print projects. He is currently planning a stay at Thread, the cultural center in Sinthian, where he will give workshops and spend time as an artist-in-residence.
The Popli Khalatbari Charitable Foundation was launched in 1998 by the family and friends of the late Popli Khalatbari, who wished to honor her memory by distributing the funds from her estate in a manner befitting of the spirit with which she had led her life. Over the years, with the generosity and encouragement of friends and strangers, PKCF has grown from a small gesture of goodwill to a giant force of compassion and optimism that has made an impact across the world.
In 2011, PKCF played a major role in supporting the construction of the Jardin des Enfants in Sinthian.
Les Amis du Korsa
Les Amis du Korsa (LAMKO) is a French non-profit association created in 2015 to support medical, educational, agricultural and cultural projects in Senegal. It welcomes donations which are deductible up to 66% from French income tax.
The association is a French cousin of Le Korsa. LAMKO’s immediate mandate is to provide financial support for Le Korsa’s current and future projects. New projects may also be developed in response to major donations by individual philanthropists.
Go Doc Go, Inc. is a non-governmental, international medical organization that sends volunteer physicians around the world to establish sustainable women’s health programs. In February 2016, the organization partnered with Le Korsa to offer trainings in cervical cancer treatment and screening in Dakar and Tambacounda. Dr. Maggie Carpenter, the founder of Go Doc Go, and Dr. Amy Gueye, a volunteer physician, led the program and trained over 40 Senegalese doctors, midwives and nurses.