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.

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:

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

  • 2,816 people learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 138 child well being activities conducted including health and nutrition, hygiene, livlihood, education, child rights and protection awareness
  • 102 adults participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 19 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance children's rights and create positive changes for children
  • 22 faith and community leaders partnered with World Vision Canada to bring positive changes in the lives of children and families
  • 19 plans of action were developed to enhance community development and child well being
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

  • 6,500,000 tablets of life-saving medicationwere shipped to stock medical clinics
  • 163 parents and caregivers learned about proper nutrition, common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • 15 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 16 health workers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 2 people received information about how to properly care for children
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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

  • 172 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of raising their children with love and tenderness
  • 6 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 6 materials were provided for classrooms to help children learn
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 802 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and help meet their family needs
  • 146 people are part of savings groups, helping them save money and learn about personal finance
  • 5 savings groups are helping young people and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 1,602 animals were given to families in need, providing them new means to feed their children and earn income
  • 1,062 people received small loans, helping their families enhance their businesses or meet other immediate financial needs
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 710 people in emergencies received life-saving support like tents, cooking sets and hygiene kits 
  • 4,514 people are benefitting from improved latrines and have better access to sanitation
  • 837 people learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019

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