Why World Vision is in Mali

In June 2015, the Malian government and armed groups signed a peace deal aimed at ending years of civil conflict in the northern regions, yet the people of Mali continue to suffer the effects of violence and insecurity. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes. We are continuing to assist those who are displaced within the country, as well as families returning from host communities across the border. Children in crisis-affected communities have limited access to quality education. World Vision is focused on strengthening schools and supporting teachers and others in the formal education system, working hard to ensure that children know how to read and understand what they read. Farming is the main source of income for more than 70 percent of the population, but food security is fragile due to frequent droughts and floods. We are working with communities to improve livelihoods, promote drought-tolerant crops, and help families become more resilient to shocks. Farmers are adopting less-costly farming methods that not only increase crop production, but also restore soil fertility.

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.

  • To empower children and increase their participation in issues that affect their lives, we facilitated children’s clubs and student governments by training their members and adult supervisors.
  • Through our partnership with local agricultural agencies, farmers learned how to increase crop yields so they can better provide for their families.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • To increase access to clean water, we helped construct new water sources such as borehole wells and trained community members to maintain them.
  • Mothers were educated on how to prepare nutritious meals using low-cost, locally-available ingredients, as well as the importance of breastfeeding babies to prevent malnutrition.
  • We provided children and families with clean water and improved sanitation facilities, and taught good hygiene practices.

  • Mechanized water systems were constructed for many large communities. Each system consists of a high-yield borehole, a pump powered by solar panels, and a raised tank. A gravity-fed distribution network carries water to tap stands in each community.
  • Schoolchildren received training in healthy hygiene practices and behavior change.
  • Women’s savings groups were organized and trained to help prepare women for the sale of WASH products.
  • We are running three research projects in Mali to improve nutrition by supporting farmers to increase production, access climate information so they can make adaptive decisions, and use climate-smart technologies to reduce erosion.

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.

  • To improve the learning environment, we helped build and equip classrooms and latrines.
  • We partnered with the District Education Office to train teachers on topics such as early childhood education and methods for boosting literacy.
  • We are supporting improved literacy by providing families with immediate access to community-developed print and digital reading resources via mobile technology and local libraries. We're also working with teachers to help them apply a balanced literacy approach in their classrooms.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • Following Christ’s example, we worked alongside children and families to change lives, promote peace and understanding, and demonstrate God’s unconditional love.

Prayer Requests from Mali

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

  • Abundant harvests so children will have enough food year-round.


  • Children who have been impacted by armed conflict in northern Mali.


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