Toroly's Community News

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Toroly community is located in a rural area of central eastern Mali, about 740 km from Bamako, the capital city. Temperatures may reach 40-45ºC in the hottest season, from March to June. From June to mid-October is the rainy season, but the average rainfall is only 400-500 mm per year. In the dry season which starts in November, the harmattan, a hot and dry dusty wind, blows across the land.

The soils are sandy or clay. There are very few trees in the area, except in the south where there is a small forest. The community has no river, so families access water using the traditional method of hand-dug wells. The water table is very deep, and the ground is full of huge rocks, making it difficult to dig a viable well. Some areas of the community have spent three to seven years hand-digging a well without reaching water.

Homes in Toroly are made out of mud with thatched roofs. There is no electricity or running water. Agriculture is the main source of income for 90% of households. Millet is the most common crop, grown for food and income. Sorghum, beans, maize, peanuts, and vegetables are occasionally grown. Many families keep livestock as well. Overall, farm production is inadequate to provide families with enough food or income to meet their basic needs. The staple food is a type of porridge called “Dèguè or “pounou, made from powdered millet mixed with water and occasionally sugar.
  • 1  meeting with national leaders about protecting children was led by World Vision, increasing awareness about child safety and protection issues.
  • 27 key influencers working with the Citizen Voice and Action working group to collectively address local and higher levels of government
Child Protection
  • 1  joint plan was drafted between community partners, which will help sustainably build a safer, more supportive community for children.
  • 2  training opportunities were provided for community partners, equipping them to improve the lives of children.
  • 385  families received emergency assistance such as food, tents or water purification tablets, so that children had their basic needs met after a crisis.
  • 737 households received monthly financial benefits
  • 1 church and faith-based organization participated in programming
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • 4514  more people now have a latrine or toilet at home, enabling households to have better sanitation.
  • 737  households received hygiene training and now have hand-washing facilities with soap, enabling families to improve hygiene at home and reduce diseases.
*Results achieved from October 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • ​Construct and equip schools, classrooms, and literacy centres.
  • Train teachers in improved instructional methods.
  • Provide educational assistance to orphans and vulnerable children.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate parents on the importance of visiting health centres, especially for children and expectant mothers.
  • Construct and equip health centres. Support child vaccination, nutrition, and malaria prevention campaigns.

In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Train and equip farmers to use new agricultural technologies, such as soil and water conservation, improved seeds, manure making, and post-harvest storage.
  • Promote vegetable and fruit production for nutrition and income.
  • Train farming groups in livestock production, including cattle fattening and poultry keeping.
  • Train community members in disaster preparedness.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Educate community members of all ages on HIV and AIDS.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work to:
  • Educate community members on children's rights, especially girls right to education.

Water and Sanitation
With the support of Canadian sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Construct wells and latrines, and train maintenance teams in the operations of both.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Toroly can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Assist women's groups to start small businesses, like fabric dyeing.

Explore Toroly

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 Toroly

There are not enough classrooms, and primary school enrolment in Toroly is low. Less than 34% of school-age children are in school. Dropout rates are high, especially among orphans and children from families impacted by HIV and AIDS. Many do not go to school because their families cannot afford their educational expenses.

Health Care
There are not enough health care centres in Toroly to meet the needs of the population. As a result, families don't always take their children to health centres for treatment for illnesses or for immunization. Very few expectant mothers go for pre- and postnatal checkups, and many young children die of malaria.

Many families in Toroly do not have enough food to last the year. Since there is not enough nutritious food for children, the chronic malnutrition rate is 53%. There are several causes for this hunger. Crop yields are low, and precious food supplies are lost to spoilage after harvest. Natural disasters regularly threaten crops, including drought and locust invasions. Very few farmers grow vegetables or use improved, drought-tolerant fast-maturing seed varieties. Many families keep livestock, but production is low.

HIV prevalence is 1.4% in the community, which is the second highest rate in the nation. Community members are reluctant to go for voluntary HIV testing because of social stigma and suspicion towards HIV and AIDS testing.

Child Protection
Children's rights are not well known or upheld. Early marriages are arranged for teenagers, especially girls, and as a result, many young girls drop out of school before they even finish primary grades.

Water and Sanitation
Only 19% of households have access to potable water, and waterborne diseases like trachoma, guinea worms, and bilharzia are rampant. Families have no option but to drink water from hand-dug traditional wells that are easily contaminated. These wells dry up in the dry season, making the situation even worse. Women spend an average of 7 hours per day collecting water during the dry season, often from unsafe sources.

It's also very difficult for families to practice good hygiene without clean water. Very few households have latrines because there isn't enough community health education on the importance of sanitary latrines.

Economic Development
Families in Toroly have very low household incomes. Many young women and men migrate to towns looking for temporary work.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Toroly, Mali is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.