For almost 30 years, SOS Children’s Villages has been hard at work in Mali, combating draught, famine, poverty, and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. While povety had been considerably reduced in Mali over the past 20 years, the country still remains one of the poorest in Africa. As of 2011, 51% of Malians were still living below $1.50 a day.
In Mali, SOS operates 3 Children's Villages and has implemented emergency relief programs. Click to enlarge.
Now, nearly 375,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to uprisings by radical groups in the north of Mali. UNICEF and AlertNet have reported that children in the north have been killed or injured by explosive devices, recruited into armed forces, and have been sexually assaulted and abused. Many schools across the region have also been closed, as these groups occupy strategic areas of Mali. Unfortunately, UNICEF projects that children out of school are at a much higher risk of recruitment, violence, and exploitation.
SOS Children’s Villages – Mali has not remained unaffected. The families living in our SOS Village in Mopti, close to the fighting, had to be evacuated from their homes in April of 2012. Fortunately, local Family Strengthening Programs and community services, such as medical care and food distribution, have remained open.
SOS is reaching out to the children and families of Mali to provide them with healthy and nutritious food, nutrition supplements for children and pregnant women, psychological and social support for children at risk, and hygienic and sanitary support for displaced peoples.
How you can help:
Sponsor a child or village to help secure a loving future for a child.
Make a donation to SOS Children’s Villages so that we can continue to provide assistance to the victims of these conditions throughout the world.
$50 a month helps to ensure that 125 children will receive a healthy meal.
$100 can buy 200 pounds of rice – enough to feed six families of four for a month.
$300 can provide 10 families with crop seeds to become self-sustaining.
$700 can pay for seven months worth of schooling for a child.