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.

  • Community members are taking the lead in keeping kids safe. After attending a training provided by World Vision, communities members from around Mali know how to identify and report violations of child safety.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • In Mali, more children are protected from malaria after bed nets were distributed. Bet nets are one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria.
  • Children are empowered to avoid preventable diseases after receiving hygiene training.

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.

  • Students are benefiting from improved learning conditions after schools were renovated and new classrooms were built in communities around Mali.
  • More children are learning relationship-building skills after attending children's clubs. In the clubs, kids learn positive behavior, values, and peace-building skills.

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.


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