Vlado Viglasky is the founder and the principal of the centre. He’s a retired masseur from Australia. He is accessible anytime through email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victor Frickson Gbagbeke is the head trainer. A citizen of Nigeria, obtained his massage certificate in 2001 in Gambia, moved to Gao in Mali in 2004, then to Mopti and one year later to Bamako. With his wife Favor they’ve been successfully rendering the massage services for living. He received his training in Ah Shi massage from Vlado. Victor is also a script writer and films director. Visit his website www.afrovision.c.la to learn more about his films. With Favour, they were planning to open a massage training centre for the visually impaired in Bamako. But with the collapse of tourist visitors following the terrorists’ activities, they were struggling to earn enough for day to day living and returned to Nigeria. Once the tourists will start visiting Mali again, they intend to return and continue with the founder’s program, if funds will be available.
Alhassane Alhadi Cisse is the physiotherapist in Timbuktu hospital. He offered the center to act as a coordinator. He has many years of experience in the field of massage, unlike the students, who were never involved in any type of business; hence his involvement allowed the proper functioning of the center until we closed it.
Aminata Toure is in her early 20’s and the secretary of the Association of the visual impaired in Timbuktu. She was a receptionist and administrator of the centre, while it was operating.
Aliou Ag Abdoussawad, brother of Mohamed is 7 years younger than his brother. There are four brothers in the family – all of them visually impaired, the youngest one is in his early teens.
Halima Dicko is in her early 30’s and visually impaired since birth.
Mohamed Ag Abdoussawad is in his early 30’s and the President of the Timbuktu Association of the Visually Impaired. He and his brother Aliou are very talented masseurs, but there is no work for them in Timbuktu now.