As the world’s largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, World Vision brings clean water to one new person every 10 seconds. Here are five examples of our water work around the world.
Why World Vision is in Mali
In 2018, Mali’s reigning government won again in a mostly peaceful election, which was a milestone for the country. However, ongoing violence in the northern and central regions has created instability. Many people are migrating south to avoid danger, which has put a strain on the country’s resources. Schools have closed and people can’t access basic services or resources. The internal displacement affecting many families is worsened by the lack of food security. Many families already couldn’t grow enough food to feed their families year-round, and being forced to leave their homes only makes the problem worse. Unemployment rates are high, especially for youth, and many citizens are calling on the government to support Malians better when it comes to jobs and economic struggles. Thanks to the support of our donors, the most vulnerable children and families in Mali are getting protected. Working together with the government, especially the country’s first lady, we launched a national campaign to end child marriage. People are learning about children’s rights and the dangers of early marriage. Kids are reading better and have better support for their educations, so they can create brighter futures for themselves. When the violence in the center of the country worsened this year, we reached over 400,000 vulnerable people with assistance they needed to survive, like food, water, and hygiene kits.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Mali
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- To strengthen children's participation and resilience to violence in Mali, Kid's Clubs were established, with thousands of children participating across many sites. At these clubs, children learn about the community services available to protect them and how to report abuse and neglect.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Through a collaboration with local partners in Mali, access to safe water was increased by establishing and rehabilitating water points and training households on water treatment. We also provided water, hygiene, and sanitation facilities to schools and health centers.
- Caregivers in Mali are educated on the importance of breastfeeding and how to prepare locally available nutritious meals to improve child nutrition.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Communities in Mali were empowered to influence local authorities to improve education service provision through Citizen Voice and Action groups. We are working with these groups to ensure that citizens understand their rights, engage with public service providers, influence the quality of services, hold their local government accountable, and practice active citizenship.
- Through a collaboration with communities in Mali, Basic Education Improvement Plans were developed to strengthen community engagement in school management. Through this model, the programs and communities were able to identify the challenges related to education in each of their communities, prioritize challenges and constraints, and propose local solutions.
Prayer Requests from Mali
World Vision's staff in Mali are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Peace in central Mali, as violence keeps interrupting our programs and endangering vulnerable families.
News from Mali
Once an emerging force for democracy in West Africa, Mali has struggled to maintain stability since a 2012 coup. Conflict continues, and increasingly severe droughts have added to the country’s challenges. Children and families need food security, healthcare, and protection.
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