we are sababu

A bunch of helpers and lots of kids eager to learn.

  • We are here to enable kids from disadvantaged families in Burkina Faso to go to school for free.
  • We do this because we believe that education is the only way out of poverty.
  • And also because we want children to make use of their right to education.

Sababu has been established in 2009 by Mr. Mamadou Diabaté and Ms. Christina Reif as a non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering equal opportunities and cross-cultural dialogue

Sababu Founder and Balafon Master Mamadou Diabaté

Originating from a traditional musical family Mamadou Diabaté is now a renown world music star.
Balafon Master Mamadou Diabaté

Mamadou Diabaté is a renown Vienna based balafon player from Burkina Faso.


In 2017 Mamadou was made Knight of the National Order of Burkina Faso for his personal merits and exceptional services to the nation.


Mamadou was the winner of the Grand Prix and Prix de la Virtuosité de Festival Triangle du Balafon held in Mali in 2012.


In 2011 Mamadou won the prestigious Austrian World Music Award.

Sababu Milestones

This is what happened so far:

  • up to 2008 Sababu was just a private initiative of Mamadou Diabaté.
  • In 2009 the non-profit organisation Sababu was founded by Mamadou Diabaté and Christina Reif.
  • In 2010 the first three classes were opened in the newly built school.
  • In 2011 there were already twice as much kids attending the Sababu primary school.
  • In 2013 we opened 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes.
  • In 2015 the school offers all grades of primary school education.
  • In 2016 the first Sababu graduates left the school holding an officially recognised diploma with a success rate of 94,5 % – the fifth best result among 46 schools in Bobo Dioulasso.
  • Also in 2016 we decided to establish an additional school offering all seven high school grades.  
  • In 2017 the city of Bobo Dioulasso donates 1000 m2 of land to the non-profit organisation Sababu for the building of the high school. Architects finished the plans for the new site.
  • In 2018 more than 650 children started their new school year.

This is what's to come:

  • In 2018 - 2019 we will focus on fundraising
  • In 2020 we want to start building the second Sababu school.
  • In 2021 the new school should open for the first high school students.
  • By 2025 the Sababu High School should cover all seven grades and enable youngsters to get their end of school examination

Ongoing activities:

Sababu Helpers

We are happy to announce that all Helpers now have the opportunity to introduce themselves in this section with a text, a photo, a logo or a short video.

Drop us a line and let us tell your story here.



The very beginnings were mainly financed by the Lions Club International and the Lions-Club Graz-Joanneum who helped us build the first three classrooms.

The Lions Club International Foundation from Oak Brook (Chicago, USA) helped with the building of another three classrooms. The main helper on site was the Lions-Club Bobo-Nyoma in Bobo Dioulasso.

to the Initiative “Heinrich Staudinger für Afrika

We are pleased that we were able to help build a school from a primary level to a secondary level and thus many children - especially many girls, get the chance for schooling, because education is the way to a better future! Soroptimist International Club Grieskirchen and Rotary Club Grieskirchen

Liebe Besucher, danke für euer Interesse. Die Seite befindet sich  laufend im Aufbau. Wir stehen euch für Anfragen gerne zur Verfügung.

Thanks for being here! Kindly note that this site is under construction. Don't hesitate to get in touch  with your inquires, we are here for you.

Spende jetzt | Donate now

NEU ab 1. August 2023 für die steuerliche Absetzbarkeit in Österreich: Bitte überweist auf das Konto unserer Partnerorganisation HOPE’87, die den Transfer durchführt. Ihr Landesbüro, HOPE’87-Burkina Faso übernimmt die fachliche Begleitung des SABABU Projekts und überwacht die Fertigstellung der Schule sowie deren jährlichen Betrieb. 


Wassergasse 29/3

A-1030 Wien


IBAN AT04 1200 0100 0314 2949


Bei der Überweisung bitte gebt den Projektcode BF_2023_104, Sababu und dann, falls Ihr in Österreich steuerpflichtig seid, Euren Vor- und Familiennamen sowie Euer Geburtsdatum an.

NEW from 1 August 2023 for tax deductibility in Austria: Please make a bank transfer to the account of our partner organization HOPE'87, whose Country Office, HOPE'87-Burkina Faso, is responsible for the project's technical follow-up and oversees the school's completion and annual operation. 



Wassergasse 29/3

A-1030 Vienna


IBAN AT04 1200 0100 0314 2949


When transferring the money, please indicatete the project code BF_2023_104, Sababu and then, if you are a taxpayer in Austria, your first and last name as well as your date of birth.


* Überweisungen innerhalb der  EU kosten dich in der Regel nichts. Sollten Gebühren anfallen, wäre fein, wenn du sie übernehmen würdest. | Transactions within the EU are usually free of charge. Should fees apply we would greatly appreciate it if you would bare the costs. 

Danke für deine Hilfe! | Many thanks for your help!

SABABU - Verein für Chancengleichheit und Förderung des interkulturellen Dialogs

ZVR: 020365875, gegründet 2009

Mamadou Diabaté (Obmann | Chairman)


Tel +43 699 19035254

Mörikeweg 20a/1, A-1160 Wien


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