Why World Vision is in Mali

In 2020, the double challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and worsening political instability put thousands of vulnerable families at risk. In an August coup d’état, Mali’s president was arrested by the military; he subsequently dissolved the parliament and resigned, leaving a wake of instability and security concerns. In the north and central regions, existing civil violence worsened, and over a million children are malnourished due to vulnerability and displacement, according to UNICEF. While COVID-19 cases remain relatively low in Mali, organizations like World Vision reframed their emergency programs to address the immediate needs brought on by the pandemic, and we’ve been helping promote preventive measures. Thousands of households face uncertainty about their livelihoods and the future stability of their country. Thanks to strong support from child sponsors and others, World Vision has been able to help protect kids and families: As of February 2021, no registered children or staff had contracted COVID-19. We’ve assisted national healthcare efforts with medical and hygiene supplies, and vulnerable families who’ve had to leave their homes due to conflict are receiving essentials like food to help them stay on their feet.

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.

  • Families are joining savings groups and taking classes on personal finance to help them provide for their children over the long-term.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Families now have access to clean water less than 30 minutes from their homes after World Vision helped establish clean water supplies in several communities.
  • Communities and homes were equipped with toilets and hand washing stations, so that families can stay healthier and limit the spread of disease.

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 strategies to teach reading so that they effectively help more kids as they learn to read.
  • Schools and literacy programs were equipped with thousands of books and resources to get kids excited to read more.

Prayer Requests from Mali

World Vision's staff in Mali are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • The thousands of vulnerable children and families who have been displaced from the country’s internal conflict.


  • World Vision’s frontline staff who are delivering needed aid in difficult circumstances.


News from Mali

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