Child Sponsor Mauritania
Mauritania, or to
give it is full title, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, named after the Roman
province of Mauretania, is situated in north-east Africa and is bordered by the
Atlantic Ocean to its west, by the Western Sahara to its north, by Algeria to
its north-east, by Mali to its east and south-east and by Senegal to its
south-west. It spans three cultures with Arabs to the north, black Africans to
the south and many nomads living in the large desert expanse that makes up 40%
of the country with a further 30% semi-desert.
is in 161st 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. The past few years have seen droughts across
Mauritania with many men and boys abandoning the land and their families in
search of work elsewhere.
With a life
expectancy of some 53ys and with a population literacy rate of 51%, poverty is
a major issue in Mauritania with most children just eating once a day. Over one
hundred and nine children die before their fifth birthday out of every thousand
compared with just three in say a country like Spain.
Part of this is because only 53% of the child population has
access to safe water supplies. Locusts also plague the area, often
wiping out entire harvests sending food prices rocketing in a
country dependent on subsistence farming with its fishing industry
in decline due to over exploitation.
Mauritania hopes to improve its economy through oil production
after the first oil fields started operating in 2006, however, to
date, this remains under developed.
Child sponsor programs undertaken by agencies in Mauritania focus on the provision of water supplies
and health care together working with farmers to develop sustainable farming
techniques that can maximise crop yields. You can make a difference when you sponsor a child in Mauritania.
If you work with children in Mauritania tell us about your work here.