Working With Children in Mali

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 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.
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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:

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

  • 12 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 13 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 38,765 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 53 spiritual leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 80 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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

  • 148 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children 
  • 156,633 people benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition
  • 3 health facilities were improved with renovations to better care for children and families
  • 3,074 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 760 out of 946 malnourished children have regained a healthier weight after participating in a nutrition program
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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

  • 1,424 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 110 parents learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 111 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 5 schools were renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students, received classroom tools and resources, were renovated
  • 94 children who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
​Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 36 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 766 people are part of savings groups, helping them meet their financial needs and access small loans
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.
  • 220 girls learned about changes that occur during puberty and have the resources to maintain good menstrual hygiene
  • 10 technicians were trained to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and familieswere trained on how to repair and maintain water sources, ensuring safe water access for children and families 
  • 2,004 people have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to improved water sources
  • 431 children are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 5,305 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2017 to September 2018

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