Mali

Working with Children in Mali


 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
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.



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. More than 500 schools have since closed, while some were 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 and Toroly, 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, sponsor visits to Seno and Toroly have been put on hold until further notice. Staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts will be delayed.
 
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.
 

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:
  • 25 service-providers and institutions have improved performance capabilities because of additional equipment, capacity or budget.
  • 8,444 children and youth participated in activities aimed at ending violence against children.
  • 23,586 children and adults participated in trainings on child protection, including gender-based violence, positive parenting, children's rights and early marriage.
  • 1,716 people are participating in activities that provide spiritual nurture and encouragement for children.
  • 320 people were involved or trained in community-level advocacy and social accountability activities aimed at holding their governments responsible for the provision of basic services.
  • 72 community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and other community partners were actively working for the wellbeing of children.
  • 14 community groups engaged in Citizen Voice and Action activities, calling on their governments to deliver the basic services that have been promised.
  • 24 community leaders, faith leaders and local partners were trained to understand and address underlying issues that make children vulnerable.
  • 418 community leaders and representatives from partner organizations received training, equipping them to be more effective in their roles.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 366 malnourished children recovered their health because of nutrition treatment.
  • 340 caregivers who have participated in nutrition workshops are now feeding their children using practices they learned in the sessions.
  • 498 pregnant or lactating women who received maternal health and nutrition services.
  • 3,298 children received age-appropriate immunizations to protect them against childhood illness.
  • 918 children benefitted from community health screenings, home visits and health centre referrals for children under five. 
  • 2,108 people are participating in nutrition rehabilitation workshops, where caregivers learn to prepare nutrient-dense meals while supporting their child's recovery from malnutrition.
  • 15,348 people learned how to protect themselves against COVID-19 through awareness sessions.
  • 70 community health workers and volunteers were trained in topics equipping them to provide good care for children and families.
  • 64 community health workers received training on the prevention of COVID-19.
  • 22,814 people received deworming treatment to support their health and development.
  • 4,160 children under five received micronutrient supplementation such as vitamin A, zinc and micronutrient powders.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
 
  • 222 youth have completed life skills training through World Vision programs.
  • 30 Unlock Literacy reading clubs achieved set quality standards, creating fun and educational settings to develop children’s literacy.
  • 3,370 young people participated in groups and clubs bringing them together with their peers to learn new skills and develop positive values.
  • 100 teachers received training in topics such as literacy, early childhood development and child-centered approaches.
  • 480 reading materials were provided to schools and communities in support of children's education.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 1,078 people were actively involved in savings groups, providing them with financial literacy training and access to small loans.
  • 50 community members, including children, received training in disaster risk reduction.
  • 24 people were trained in agriculture and livestock techniques including food production, livestock handling, climate-smart techniques and post-harvest storage methods.
  • 3 communities updated their disaster preparedness plans to provide guidance during emergency situations.
  • 25 producer groups were operational, with members working together to create or sell products.
  • 10 metric tons of food was distributed to meet families' immediate survival needs.
  • 61,241 people benefitted from cash transfers, giving them freedom and ability to meet their immediate household needs.
  • 1,884 people benefitted from the provision of food assistance.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors
  • 6 communities were certified as open defecation free, meaning they have shifted to using toilets rather than defecating in the open.
  • 7,346 people had access to sanitation facilities at home or school.
  • 5,420 people had access to handwashing facilities at home or school.
  • 9,382 people had access to safe drinking water.
  • 41,192 people were trained or involved in community water, sanitation or hygiene initiatives.
  • 4 sanitation facilities, including latrines and garbage disposals, were constructed or updated in schools, homes and health centres.
  • 4 hygiene kits distributed to support people's health and cleanliness.
Results of World Vision Canada's projects between October 2020 and September 2021,
in partnership with the World Food Programme, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors

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