Help Save Children in Mali

Mali is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a mother or a child, according to Save the Children's Annual State of the Mother's 2014 Report. Mali is also one of the world's poorest countries on the UNDP Human Development Index. Due to poverty, and low population density, children lack basic services such as education, health, protection and even national identity or registration at birth.

The Challenges for Children in Mali

Living in poverty, without access to quality healthcare, education and basic social services, children in Mali need your help.*

  • 36% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 9 dies before their 5th birthday - 16 times that of the United States
  • 27% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 46% of school-age children are out of school
  • 56% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 39% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 6 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 78% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
Map of Mali

Our Work for Children in Mali

There is a great need and demand for Save the Children's programs in Mali. Save the Children has worked in Mali since 1987, implementing programs to benefit the country’s most vulnerable children. Today, Save the Children continues to concentrate our efforts in rural, poor communities in southern Mali, where 80 percent of the population resides. In education, Save the Children will focus increased attention on revising curricula and enhancing quality in the classroom. With large numbers of children beginning to graduate from the sixth grade, there is an urgent need for the establishment and staffing of grades seven to nine. We will work to close this gap, as it will benefit all children and especially helps to strengthen girls' education.

Since 1988, Save the Children has worked closely with local communities to design Sponsorship programs that help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood — giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school.

  • Protected 18,468 children from harm
  • Supported 50,553 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 1,480,560 children with a healthy start in life
  • Helped Supported 10,759 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs families feed their children
  • Gave 74,470 children vital nourishment

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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