Why World Vision is in Mauritania

Mauritania’s citizens saw many shifts in 2017: the flag and the currency were altered and the Senate was removed from their government. These changes caused a brief period of unrest among Mauritanians. Our partnerships in the country remain strong, despite the governmental changes. Low rainfall this year left more than a million people without enough food. More than four in 10 children born in Mauritania don’t get registered as citizens, holding them back from adequate healthcare and education opportunities. Thanks to your support, we’re helping families get access to birth certificates to make sure their kids are well equipped to rise out of poverty. Government partnerships are helping us reduce the mortality rate from malaria by distributing life-saving bed nets. These partners, as well as faith leaders, are also joining with us in our campaign to end childhood marriage. The Ministry of Education is supporting our efforts to strengthen the overall quality of the country’s education, especially through the Literacy Boost program. Reducing malnutrition, finding solutions to hunger, and making sure more people have access to clean water are all ways we’re working together to improve kids’ lives in Mauritania.

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Progress in Mauritania

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.

  • Girls and boys learned key ways to keep themselves safe. They then taught members of their community those learnings and advocated for better child protection.

Healthy Children and Families

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

  • Mothers in Mauritania are receiving better prenatal care and childbirth assistance from healthcare professionals, helping give babies a good start to life.
  • Families received fortified flour in several communities in Mauritania to help ensure their children get the nutrients they need to develop and grow.

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.

  • Weekly reading clubs gave children an opportunity to strengthen their reading and writing skills outside of the classroom.
  • Nearly 1,500 preschool-aged children attended early education classes, easing their transition into kindergarten through activities that fostered their development and exposed them to a learning environment.

Prayer Requests from Mauritania

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

  • An end to violence against children and early childhood marriage.


  • Children's reading, writing, math, and everyday life skills to improve so they can live productive lives.


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