Security crisis in Mali

A deepening security crisis and ethnic conflict is unfolding in Central Mali, forcing children into vulnerable and unsafe circumstances. The activity of radical groups has rendered some areas inaccessible to both government institutions and humanitarian organizations, while conflict between animal herders—the Peulh—and farmers—the Dogon—has erupted over land ownership and rights.

Because of the conflict, an increasing number of children and families have been forced to leave their homes. More than 500 schools have since closed, while some were shut down by radical groups, forcing children to flee and become separated from their families. Crops have been destroyed, water and sanitation activities have halted and accessibility to some sponsored communities, including Canadian-supported Seno and Toroly, has been cut off.

World Vision is working with partners such as the United Nations and the World Food Programme, to address critical needs including food assistance, water and sanitation, child protection and peacebuilding. For children and youth separated from their families, homestays and classrooms have been established, while the distribution of necessities and trauma support are currently being addressed.

As a result of inaccessibility and growing security concerns, sponsor visits to Seno and Toroly have been put on hold until further notice. Staff have also advised that the processing of sponsor correspondence and Special Gifts will be delayed.

Staff are continuing to engage government authorities and partners to determine next steps and ensure that children and their families experience a swift and complete resolution to this crisis.

For more information on the situation in Mali, please call us at 1-800-268-4888.

Mali

Mali is a drought-prone country and many residents do not have access to safe drinking water. We help prevent children in Mali from contracting waterborne diseases by providing safe water to hundreds of communities. With farming as the main source of income for more than 70 per cent of the population, we promote the use of drought-tolerant crops and other approaches to help families withstand droughts and floods.

people reached

745,476

programs and shipment

9

Level of Fragility

Most Fragile

Gender Equality Rank

59.1%
CHANGE

households managing to meet their basic needs—including food, health and education—increased from

44% to 67%

Seno

2013 - 2021
CHANGE

households having enough food for their families throughout the year increased from

16.9% to 66.2%

Buwatun

2013 - 2021
Progress

218,238people benefited from cash transfers, allowing them to meet their immediate household needs

Progress

24,764people were trained or involved in community water, sanitation or hygiene initiatives

Progress

24,014people participated in trainings, counseling or activities on preventing and responding to infectious diseases, such as COVID-19

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Country Details

Mali is a drought-prone country and many residents do not have access to safe drinking water. We help prevent children in Mali from contracting waterborne diseases by providing safe water to hundreds of communities. With farming as the main source of income for more than 70 per cent of the population, we promote the use of drought-tolerant crops and other approaches to help families withstand droughts and floods.
World Vision Mali

In Mali, World Vision uses a community-based approach. Our teams work closely with children, households, communities, local authorities and partners. We listen to families, understand their issues and empower communities with skills and resources that bring lasting change for children. We also continue to work with communities in the conflict-ridden central and northern parts of the country, contributing to social cohesion and building peace to ensure child protection.

We serve the most vulnerable children and families through a multi-sector programmatic approach focused on health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); education and life skills; food security and resilience; advocacy; and child protection and participation.

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Results

Unless otherwise stated, data presented on this page reflects the most up-to-date results of World Vision Canada programs reported between October 2021 and September 2022, and any previous fiscal years available. Previously reported data may not match the current presentation as we continuously receive and refine data from our programs. If you have any questions, kindly reach out to us.