Welcome to Teriya Bugu,
The hut of friendship (Teriya Bugu in the Bamanan language) was born after the meeting, in the mid 1960s between Father Bernard Vespieren, a missionary converted to assist rural development and a bambara fisherman, Lamine Samake. From this friendship, a multitude of projects were created with and for the disadvantaged population through the Association for Rural Development (AEDR) and Mali Aqua Viva.
Teriya Bugu is the headquarter and the visual display of the AEDR. It is an oasis in the middle of the Bush surrounded by 200,000 eucalyptus, orchards, fisheries, a village with its school, its dispensary and a population of 500 people; a centre for the
use of renewable energy aimed to promote solar energy and biogas, a model farm well equipped, employing over 50 families, and a centre for solidarity tourism with infrastructures of an outstanding quality.
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TERIYA BUGU :
ETHICAL TOURISM IN HELPING SOLIDARITY
If tourism is potentially a major path for Southern countries to develop, the results are not always up to par with the benefits delivered to the local population. Therefore alternative tourism, sustainable tourism, solidarity, ethics, and moreover ecotourism have slowly developped.
At Teriya Bugu, we believe in this positive evolution in the world of tourism: respectful to the environment but mostly to the men and women of the host countries; tourism that pushes for an exchange and a mean to better communication and comprehension between people, helping them to become front row actors in their field.
At Teriya Bugu everything is organized with the principle purpose of solidarity and trade. Our principles stem from the following:
- Active and central participation of the local populations in the project
- Involvement of the surrounding villages in touristic activities: visits of Teriya Bugu, nearby towns and development projects . All visits are organized and guided by locals in the community who gets an income and as well benefit from micro-projects.
- Supply of our restaurant with products from our farm (livestock, fish, eggs, honey, fruit and vegetables…).
- Use of the profits from all activities for the auto-financing of Teriya Bugu and the completion of all development micro-projects in neighboring villages (youth centers, rural activities…).
At Teriya Bugu, we believe tourism is solidarity and all profits from touristic activities are as well used by the AEDR to finance equitable development micro-projects locally. Furthermore Teriya Bugu is an ideal place for tourists to meet with the African culture, the problems of the populations and the future of their development.