Child Sponsor Mali
Despite its status as one of the most secure democracies in Africa
until the coup of March 2012 and its proposed return to
democracy under interim president Dioncounda Traoré after the
military junta ceded power on 12th April 2012, Mali is
one of the poorest countries
on Earth, not least because nearly two thirds of the country is desert with
few opportunities to grind out a subsistence farming living.
It is currently
in a state of turmoil after the coup and an insurgency in the north led by National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) who
declared an insurrection against Mali rule that would continue for as long as
the government in Bamako refused to acknowledge it as a separate territory.
Mali is in 182nd place out of
186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy,
literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country and is one of the poorest
countries in the world with a staggering 48.3% aged 14 or younger. 8.6% of all
children in Mali being born either dead or dying shortly after birth and 4000
children in Mali are forced to live on the streets, begging to survive, and easy
targets for exploitation, including child trafficking.
With a population of around 13.44 million, life expectancy in Mali
is just 50 years and there are 116 deaths for every 1000 births with some
75,000 children orphaned through AIDS
alone out of a total orphan population of 710,000 out of a total child
population of 6,507,000. Just 56% of children have access to safe water and
74% of the population are illiterate with one third suffering from chronic
Child sponsor programs in Mali are heavily focussed on education, ensuring they have the knowledge and
skills to build a better future for themselves and their communities; clean
water projects; health access and providing immediate, practical assistance to
the 155,000 Malians who have fled to the south of the country to escape the
developing violence and chaos in the north.
If you work with children in Mali tell us about your work here.
You can help when you sponsor a child in Mali.