Koloni's Community is graduating

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.

 In 2018, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Koloni has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come

The Koloni community is located southeast of the City of Bla, about a six hours drive from Bamako, the capital city of Mali. The area is predominantly rural. The climate is generally hot and dry. Between March and May, temperatures reach as high as 45°C.

The rainy season generally begins in June and ends by mid-October. Average rainfall varies between 500 and 1500 mm per year. Agriculture is the primary source of food and income in the community. Main crops include millet, maize, sorghum, and rice. Cotton is grown as a cash crop, and peanuts, beans, and vegetables are occasionally produced. Livestock breeding is another key economic activity. However, 41% of households are very poor, and most of them do not have enough food to last from one harvest to the next.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Koloni has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 30 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 12 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 138 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 12 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
  • 1,732 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 1 savings group is helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
  • 195 children and adults received nutritious fruits and vegetables grown in community, school or family gardens 
  • 39 gardens are in place to help families, community groups or schools provide nutritious food for children

Explore Koloni

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Koloni

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Koloni has completed Phase 3 in 2018

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!