Mali 2016 – the sun breaks brightly through the dusty air. The mood is calm, cautious, expectant. The country has been divided since 2012. In the north, Tuareg rebels, together with groups close to al-Qaida, have declared an independent state called Azawad. The UN mission MINUSMA entered Mali in 2013. Many of the soldiers spend their free weekends at the Sleeping Camel, a popular bar in Bamako. The noise level rises with every beer. Again and again, young men move away from the group to Skype with their girlfriends and family. Radical Islamist splinter groups are popping up all over the country, attacks are expected with increasing frequency. No one dares to make predictions for the coming year. Against this backdrop, we are trying to implement a collaborative project with the village of Fangasso, 1,5 days of driving north-east of Bamako. Together with the village committee and the local school, we are planning the construction of a school canteen where children from the surrounding area will be provided with food free of charge during the school year.