Working With Children in Mauritania

Many communities in Mauritania do not have health facilities nearby. When a health worker is desperately needed—such as during a difficult birth or when a newborn has a high fever—there may not be one. We step into this health care gap by training and equipping Community Health Workers who help prevent deaths from avoidable causes such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria among children in Mauritania.

Mauritania has one of the lowest literacy and school enrollment rates in sub-Saharan Africa. We work with local partners to make early childhood education centers accessible to remote communities. We also help parents set up savings groups so they can increase their income and set aside money for medical expenses and emergencies.

Your impact in Mauritania

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. 


  • 21 children survivors of violence received support to help them cope with the trauma and recover
  • 11 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 56 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 345 children and youth learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 15 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 2016 to September 2017

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


  • 238 malnourished children were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 93 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 82 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 30,247 people including children benefited from food aid, helping them fight hunger and malnutrition

*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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


  • 761 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 195 preschool children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education
  • 21 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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

  • 1,762 individuals are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 2,771 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 2,771 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children
  • 89 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2016 to September 2017

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