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.

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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.

  • Parents and community members learned about the negative impacts of early marriage and were equipped with tools to successfully prevent child marriages.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Health workers monitored children's growth to treat children suffering from malnutrition and help ensure they eat a nutritious died.
  • Children learned to help keep themselves healthy and prevent diseases through proper hygiene. They also learned ways to prevent malaria.

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.

  • Teachers were equipped with new tools to help kids learn to read. As a result, many children improved their reading and writing skills.
  • Schools were updated to provide a safer learning environment and encourage more kids to stay in school. New latrines and hand-washing stations were built at schools to help children practice good hygiene. And, teachers learned how to prepare for emergencies.

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.


  • Success of our partnership with the government to end child marriage.


News from Mali

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