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.
For more information on the situation in Mali, please call us at
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:
  • 3,570 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 50,744 community members and medical staff were given personal protective equipment like soap, hygiene kits, and gloves
  • 4,556 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 64 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 5,440 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Mali, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 5,762 children have been impacted by World Vision’s work on policy changes for vulnerable populations
  • 4,569 adults learned about child protection and how to report abuse
  • 7,022 families who went to our child protection training now know how to access local services,
  • 116 girls and boys took actions to help end violence against children,
  • 28,450 community members learned about child protection and how to report abuse

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mali funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 373 children received food or nutrition supplements
  • 1,762 long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets were distributed in the past 12 months
  • 12,149 children between six months and age five received doses of Vitamin A in the past 6 months
  • 13,927 pregnant women have received deworming medication in the past six months 
  • 2,880 kids under age 5 suffering from diarrhoea were treated

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mali funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 30 books with local stories in the local language were given to reading camps
  • 27 youth groups were started
  • 36 teachers learned new ways to teach kids to read
  • 10 after-school reading clubs now meet our standards
  • 418 kids and youth completed one of our life skills courses

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mali funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 9,342 USD was distributed to people in need
  • 1,484 families were given emergency support from us after a crisis, like food, tents, or water purification tablets
  • 59 people we trained learned how to prevent and cope with future disasters
  • 905 savings group members increased their income one year after joining the group
  • 3,021 people received cash assistance 

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mali funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 2 neighbourhoods have proper sanitation – including toilets – so kids and their families don't have to relieve themselves outdoors
  • 13,834 more people now have clean water within 30 minutes of their home
  • 3,257 families who went to our training on how to treat water so that it's safe to drink are now using water filters or purification tablets to do so
  • 6,626 more people now have a toilet at home

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in Mali funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020

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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.