Working With Children in Mali

Mali is a drought prone country and many residents do not have access to safe drinking water. We help prevent children in Mali from contracting waterborne diseases by providing safe water to hundreds of communities. With farming as the main source of income for more than 70 per cent of the population, we promote the use of drought-tolerant crops and other approaches to help families withstand droughts and floods.

To empower women and increase family incomes, we provide microfinance assistance and make savings groups available to women’s associations. Education for children in Mali is another priority. We strengthen schools and support teachers to help children build their literacy skills.  

Your impact in Mali

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Security Crisis in Mali 

A deepening security crisis and ethnic conflict is unfolding in Central Mali, forcing children into vulnerable and unsafe circumstances. The activity of radical groups has rendered some areas inaccessible to both government institutions and humanitarian organizations, while conflict between animal herders—the Peulh—and farmers—the Dogon—has erupted over land ownership and rights. 

Because of the conflict, an increasing number of children and families have been forced to leave their homes. At least 80 primary schools have been shut down by radical groups, forcing children to flee and become separated from their families. Crops have been destroyed, water and sanitation activities have halted and accessibility to some sponsored communities, including Canadian-supported Seno, has been cut off. 

World Vision is working with partners such as the United Nations and the World Food Programme, to address critical needs including food assistance, water and sanitation, child protection and peacebuilding. For children and youth separated from their families, homestays and classrooms have been established, while the distribution of necessities and trauma support are currently being addressed.  

As a result of inaccessibility and growing security concerns, regular sponsorship operations, such as sponsor correspondence, Special Gifts, sponsor visits and child monitoring, have been temporarily suspended in Seno  until further notice.
Staff are continuing to engage government authorities and partners to determine next steps and ensure that children and their families experience a swift and complete resolution to this crisis. 

For more information on the situation in Mali, please call us at 1-800-268-4888.

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation. 

  • We equipped community members to treat children with care and to provide space for their participation, particularly girls, whose voices are often excluded. 
  • 20 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children in Mali
  • 1,082 children received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 162 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services

  • We helped construct borehole wells and provided training sessions for water committees on pump maintenance to increase sustainable access to clean water.
  • 25,020 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 12,243 children and women received mosquito nets, protecting them against diseases such as dengue, malaria and Zika
  • 2,199 malnourished children in Mali were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy

Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

  • We equipped schools with radio-based literacy programs: students listen to radio lessons in reading and writing by specialists as a supplement to their teacher's knowledge.
  • 20,000 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 744 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 99 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
​Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.


  • 82 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1,980 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 3,017 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 3,272 adults received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income

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